Transport to and from the venue i.e. how not to get losT
Transportation to and from Nullus Anxietas 7
How not to get lost
A complete and over enthusiastic guide to your transportation needs. Please note that prices and price estimates are provided for your convenience only, are correct at time of publication, and should be verified with the transport providers.
If you are coming from overseas or interstate by aeroplane (or broom, dragon etc..) there are a couple of ways you can get to the Mantra Bell City hotel (215 Bell Street, Preston) from Tullamarine Airport:
After grabbing your bags head out to the taxi rank and join the queue. The taxi ranks are located across from the terminals. Mantra Bell City is approximately a 30 minute fare. The cost estimate is approx $35-$60 depending on the time you arrive and traffic conditions. The current Melbourne Airport access fee of $3.65 applies to all pick-ups from an airport taxi rank. The access fee is paid by the passenger to the taxi driver and is included in the taxi fare. Time wise you are looking at about 25-30 minutes.
Accessibility: To organise a wheelchair accessible taxi just ask for one when you call to place your booking. Assistance animals are welcome in all taxis. Taxi services operating in Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs include:
If you hold a taxi subsidy scheme membership for an Australian State or Territory other than Victoria you should obtain interstate subsidy vouchers prior to departing your home jurisdiction. These vouchers should be accepted by all Victorian taxis.
Rideshare drivers pick up travellers from two locations: Qantas, International and Virgin Australia passengers from lane 1 of the forecourt; Jetstar, TigerAir, Rex or AirNorth passengers from level 2 inside the T4 Ground Transport Hub. A rideshare access fee of $4.48 inc GST applies per trip. An UberX will cost approx $35-$45 depending on the time you arrive and traffic conditions. There are other Uber options but they will cost more. You can download the app in Google Play or in Apple iTunes. As a special deal we have organised a code for first time users of Uber and you can save $10 on your first trip by using the code U4B2019. Time wise you are looking at about 25-30 minutes.
Accessibility: Uber has accessibility via their app. You can order an uber with assistance from certified drivers and covers wheelchairs and service animals. If you have any special needs please contact them directly.
An express bus service every 10 minutes between Melbourne Airport and Melbourne CBD (Southern Cross Station), operating all day, every day at a flat rate of $19.75 one-way. They have service desks conveniently located at each of the airport terminals. You can book online for $17.50 and there are other fare types available https://www.skybus.com.au/melbourne-city-express/fares. Once you reach Melbourne CBD (Southern Cross Station)you would need to catch a taxi, use Uber or take public transport to get to Mantra Bell City (see point 5 for further info). Time wise you are looking at about 1 hour 20 minutes for the entire trip but will depend on the day and time you arrive.
Accessibility: The SkyBus Melbourne City Express, St Kilda Express, Southbank Docklands Express, Avalon Express and SkyBus Link mini-buses are mobility-enhanced, providing excellent access for wheelchair passengers. Please call SkyBus on 1300 759 287 the day before you travel to confirm if you need wheelchair access if using the SkyBus Link hotel transfer service. Can my companion travel with me? SkyBus will issue companion cardholders with a second ticket for their companion to travel at no charge. Do you accept Vision Impaired Travel Passes? Free travel is available for Vision Impaired Travel Pass holders. Free travel is available to accompanying attendants if the vision impaired person holds a Companion Card.
Direct to the hotel this service operates from Terminal 4 Transport Zone in Centre lane area marked Regional and Direct Buses. This is located near and opposite Jetstar. Book this service online at https://www.airportbus.com.au/. Prices are $25 on a weekday and $28.80 on a weekend. If you do not book online the tickets are $5 more expensive. We’re not sure how long it would take for travel but it depends on the number of drop offs and also traffic. It drops you off in the carpark of the Mantra Bell City but outside BreakFree.
Accessibility: They do not have facilities for wheelchairs, and the steps to enter the bus is 250 mm to 350 mm depending on the kerb. Assistance dogs are welcome.
Public Transport Victoria (PTV) operates 5 timetabled services from the T4 Ground Transport Hub at Melbourne Airport.
One option is to catch the 901 bus to Epping Station, then the Flinders Street bound trains as far as Bell Station, and a 700m walk to Mantra.
Google maps will map out other route options when specifying “T4 car park” as your point of origin.
Myki is the public transport ticket system for Melbourne. In order to get around tram, train and bus you need a Myki ticket. They are available on the website https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/ or at the Skybus desk at the airport or Southern Cross Station (if you’ve caught Skybus).
It is recommended you have your Myki charged before you get to Melbourne. The Mantra Bell City is a two minute walk from the 86 tram route and a nine minute walk from Bell Station (on the Mernda line). You will need to touch on with your Myki every time you enter a bus, train or tram and touch off when you leave. This ensures you are charged the right amount. The best route can be found in the journey planner (note if you plan a journey and it gives you a red bus icon this is the Skybus and will require an additional ticket covered in point 3 above) https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/journey.
Cost of a Myki card $6 or $3 for concession. Cost of Myki money from the airport on a 2 hour ticket is $4.40 full and $2.20 concession. Time wise you are looking at about 1 hour 30 minutes but will depend on the day and time you arrive.
Accessibility: For full accessibility information go to https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/more/travelling-on-the-network/accessibility/ and for traveling with assistance animals go to https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/more/travelling-on-the-network/animals-on-public-transport/. All PTV services recognise Australian companion cards.
Southern Cross Station is the terminus for most interstate bus services, and all interstate and rural train services. If necessary, purchase a Myki from the Myki Kiosk at Southern Cross Station or any 7-Eleven, then catch the route 86 tram to the Bell Street stop, and walk two minutes to Mantra. This journey by tram should cost $4.40 adult and $2.20 concession.
Taxis are also available on Spencer Street rank, and should cost between $35 and $50 depending on the time of day and traffic conditions.
Whether you are coming from Interstate or from rural Victoria we would encourage the use of GPS devices or map apps such as those available on iPhone and Android devices.
Car park access for Mantra is best accessed from Hotham Street, which is located on the left hand side when travelling west on Bell Street. There is a choice of both underground and outdoor car parks, with parking charged at up to $16 for 24 hours. Speak to Ops for a cheaper option.