Choose a fabulous morning or afternoon Melbourne city tour — or combine the two! Each option offers the convenience of hotel pick-up. A short guided walk through some of CBD's famous lanes and arcades is included on the morning tour, while the afternoon tour takes in the beautiful bayside.

$71pp

Melbourne Half Day City Tour — Morning, Afternoon or Full Day Combo
Runs:
Morning tour — Daily
Afternoon tour — Thursday, Saturday to Tuesday
Full Day combo tour — Thursday, Saturday to Tuesday
Departs at: 8.10am/1.30pm
Departs from: Selected CBD hotels and Federation Square
Duration: Half day — 4 hours (approx.) / Full day — 9 hours (approx.)

4.5 stars

Editor's summary:

‘These Melbourne half day city tours have so many amazing highlights! In the morning you’ll see Parliament House, the ornate Princess Theatre, the Royal Exhibition Building and Lygon Street — known as ‘Little Italy’. In the afternoon you’ll take in many of the city’s key sights, and explore the bayside suburbs of Port Melbourne and St Kilda. You can even combine the tours and enjoy the complete Melbourne sightseeing package!’

Tour highlights

  • Choose a morning or afternoon city tour — or combine the two! Both offer a range of different highlights.
  • See Melbourne’s key heritage landmarks, including the Parliamentary precinct and the Royal Exhibition Building
  • Explore the famous Queen Victoria Market (replaced with a stop at the MCG on Mondays and Wednesdays)
  • Enjoy a guided walk through Melbourne’s signature CBD laneways and arcades
  • Visit the trendy bayside suburb of St Kilda and take a stroll down Acland Street
  • Drive over the Bolte Bridge for spectacular city views
  • See the famous multi-coloured Brighton bathing boxes.

Check the morning and afternoon itineraries below to see all the highlights of each tour.

What's included

  • Guided group tour
  • Services of a knowledgeable local guide
  • Informative commentary
  • CBD hotel pick up and comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • Final drop off at Flinders Street Station (morning tour) or your hotel (afternoon tour only)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board your coach.

Pricing

Morning or afternoon tour
Adults: AUD $71pp
Children (4 to 14 years): AUD $35.50pp

Full day combo tour (morning and afternoon tours combined)
Adults: AUD $109pp
Children (4 to 14 years): AUD $54.50pp

There is no charge for children under the age of four, however spare seats are subject to availability on the day of your tour.

What you can expect

There’s no better introduction to ‘Marvellous Melbourne’ than this Melbourne Half Day City Tour, with the option to take your tour in the morning or afternoon. The itineraries are different, so you can make your selection depending on your interests. If you simply can’t decide between the two, you can combine them both into one fabulous full day — and at a significant discount!

Whichever option you choose, you’ll enjoy the services of a passionate local guide to show you the city’s landmarks. From iconic sporting venues to the city’s famous laneways and gorgeous gardens, these tours take the best of Melbourne and hand it to you. They’re the perfect introduction to the city for first time visitors.

Hotel pick-ups completed, your Melbourne Half Day City Tour will get underway as follows: [More]

MORNING TOUR

Daily itinerary (except Monday and Wednesday)

  • Hotel Windsor
  • Parliament House and Princess Theatre
  • Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne Museum
  • Melbourne University
  • Lygon Street (Little Italy)
  • CBD laneway stroll —Take a guided walk through some of Melbourne’s signature CBD arcades and laneways, including Royal Arcade, Block Arcade, Centre Place and Degraves Street
  • Collins Street
    Old Treasury Buildings and State Offices
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Fitzroy Gardens — Take a walk through the gardens and visit Captain Cook’s Cottage (own expense)
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
  • East Melbourne
  • Chinatown
  • Queen Victoria Market — Explore the heritage market halls at your own pace
  • Flagstaff Gardens and Law Courts
  • Federation Square

Itinerary on Monday and Wednesday

  • Hotel Windsor
  • Parliament House and Princess Theatre
  • Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne Museum
  • Prestigious Melbourne University
  • Lygon Street (Little Italy)
  • CBD laneway stroll —Take a guided walk through some of Melbourne’s signature CBD arcades and laneways, including Royal Arcade, Block Arcade, Centre Place and Degraves Street
  • Collins Street
  • Old Treasury Buildings and State Offices
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Fitzroy Gardens — Take a walk through the gardens and visit Captain Cook’s Cottage (own expense)
  • East Melbourne
  • Chinatown
  • Queen Victoria Market (no stop)
  • Flagstaff Gardens and Law Courts
  • Cross over the Yarra River to Enterprize Wharf
  • Crown Casino complex
  • Southbank
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) — Explore the grounds surrounding the MCG and take a sneak peek into the stadium from Gate 3
  • Federation Square

This Melbourne Half Day City Tour ends at Flinder Street Station. Spend the rest of the day exploring the Victorian capital at your leisure.

Please note: The itinerary provided may change due to weather conditions and operational requirements.

AFTERNOON TOUR

  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Melbourne Park and National Tennis Centre
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Kings Domain Gardens
  • Arts and Cultural Centre
  • Docklands
  • Etihad Stadium (Docklands)
  • Bolte Bridge — Drive over the bridge for spectacular city views
  • Port Melbourne
  • St Kilda foreshore
  • Acland Street (St Kilda) — Take a stroll and enjoy the cosmopolitan mix of funky bars, eateries and world-famous patisseries!
  • Elwood and Brighton
  • Brighton bathing boxes — Enjoy a photo stop at this iconic remnant from a bygone era.
  • Albert Park Lake — Drive along the street circuit of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

This Melbourne Half Day City Tour ends with CBD hotel drop-off.

Please note: The itinerary provided may change due to weather conditions and operational requirements.

Best price guarantee: If you find this tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this tour with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

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Once your booking is completed, a confirmation document will be sent automatically to your email address, including hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed pick-up time.

Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.

You will be picked up from your hotel but the morning tour ends at Flinders Street Station. Most city hotels are within easy walking distance from the station. The afternoon tour includes CBD hotel drop-off.

Please dress appropriately for the season and wear suitable footwear.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.