Travelling isn’t cheap. From flights, to accommodation, to transport, to food, there is a lot to consider. On top of this, you might not have a regular income (if at all), because you’re busy seeing the sights!
Australia, and Melbourne, is notoriously expensive to visit, particularly when in comparison to places such as Thailand. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not possible to travel Melbourne on a budget. Check out our handy tips for how to save money when travelling in Melbourne.
Stay in hostels
First off, your accommodation is going to be important to sort out. Rather than looking to stay in expensive hotels or Air BnBs, look to stay in budget hostels in Melbourne. Depending on your budget, you can look to get shared or private rooms. Hostels are also a great way to meet new people.
Check out the free things to do
Melbourne has heaps of things to do, and in Summer especially, there are always different festivals and events taking place. Rather than doing expensive activities, make use of all the amazing free things on offer. Go out and explore the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens or head over to the National Gallery of Victoria. Make sure to sign up to newsletters from places such as The Urban List, to get all of the weeks activities straight to your inbox.
Use public transport wisely
The public transport system in Melbourne is fantastic, with trains, trams and buses all ready to take you where you need to go. Rather than using Ubers or Taxis to get where you need to be, take public transport. Buy yourself a Myki pass if you are going to be using transport every day, otherwise buy Myki money. If you don’t want to buy any public transport, Melbourne has a free tram zone in the middle of the city, where you can get on the tram for free, which can be really useful to quickly get around.
Just because you’re on a budget, doesn’t mean you can’t still eat out! Whilst try to stick to buying cheap groceries, such as fresh fruit and veg, you should also make sure of the fantastic markets and festivals on offer. Head on down to the Queen Vic market for tasty street food, or keep an eye out for one of the extensive food festivals. Much cheaper than going to a fancy restaurant but just as good.