Melbourne Hop On Hop Off Tour (48-hour ticket)

See the best of the Victorian capital on a hop on hop off bus tour with comprehensive recorded commentary. There are two tour routes to choose from — City and St Kilda. Hop on and off at designated stops as often as you like.

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4 stars

Georgematthews (via TripAdvisor)

We bought the one-day pass, but in hindsight, we should have gone with the two-day pass as once you hop off a couple of times, the day is gone – and there are two tours included in the ticket price (city and St Kilda). If you plan to visit any of the sights, such as the MCG, it’s worth buying the combo ticket as you save about $10. Siting uptairs is great for the views, but it can be hard to hear the commentary because of the noise of the bus.’

  • Duration:

    Valid for 48 hours

  • Runs:

    Daily

  • Departs at:

    From 9.30am

  • Departs from:

    Federation Square & 26 stops

Featured guest review

We bought the one-day pass, but in hindsight, we should have gone with the two-day pass as once you hop off a couple of times, the day is gone – and there are two tours included in the ticket price (city and St Kilda). If you plan to visit any of the sights, such as the MCG, it’s worth buying the combo ticket as you save about $10. Siting uptairs is great for the views, but it can be hard to hear the commentary because of the noise of the bus.’ - Georgematthews (via TripAdvisor)

Start Your Booking

$45.00
  • Choose from two tours — City and St Kilda. Mix and match, or do both!
  • See the majority of the city’s top sights, landmark buildings, and major sporting and cultural venues
  • Enjoy panoramic sightseeing from the upper deck
  • Have the flexibility to hop on or off the bus when it suits you.
  • Unlimited travel on Melbourne’s iconic double-decker tour buses (two routes)
  • Informative recorded audio commentary.

  • John

    We took 30 people from our club on the bus yesterday and they thoroughly enjoyed the trip. So much so, that they want to do the St Kilda tour next year. So we will see you again!

  • Georgematthews – Via TripAdvisor

    We bought the one-day pass, but in hindsight, we should have gone with the two-day pass as once you hop off a couple of times, the day is gone – and there are two tours included in the ticket price (city and St Kilda). If you plan to visit any of the sights, such as the MCG, it’s worth buying the combo ticket as you save about $10. Siting upstairs is great for the views, but it can be hard to hear the commentary because of the noise of the bus.

  • Edmundo_de_ABQ – Via TripAdvisor

    We purchased the 48 hour ticket and were glad we did. The bus was new, clean and nicely configured with the open top. We took both the red and black line tours and saw a good part of the city, which is what we like to do to get an overview of a place we're visiting.

  • Cheriep2019 – Via TripAdvisor

    Nice trip around the city. Very hot day 40+ so nice to be offered cold water bottles and ice. Thanks friendly bus drivers.

  • karin_romania – Via TripAdvisor

    The bus company was actually alright. Staff were nice and the bus was OK. We tried to do both circuits in one day just to get a feeling for the city but our 'get a quick look around' plan didn’t work out due to the absolutely awful traffic. The first route down to St. Kilda was alright, but then we tried to do the city tour in the afternoon and that was terrible. We thought Sydney had congested traffic, but Melbourne doesn’t have it much better. The traffic is of course neither the driver’s, nor the salespeople’s fault, maybe not even the fault of the management or whoever sets up the timetable. However, some legs of the tour taking twice as much as it said on the timetable was definitely an issue that ruined our experience. At one place, between stops 4 and 6 I believe, we spent about an hour in traffic sitting in front of various construction sites. We were pretty much fuming around stop 8 and decided to get off the bus and just walk to where we wanted to go. We bought a 48-hour pass, but today we’re going to skip the bus completely.

  • Tour Highlights
    • Choose from two tours — City and St Kilda. Mix and match, or do both!
    • See the majority of the city’s top sights, landmark buildings, and major sporting and cultural venues
    • Enjoy panoramic sightseeing from the upper deck
    • Have the flexibility to hop on or off the bus when it suits you.
  • What's Included
    • Unlimited travel on Melbourne’s iconic double-decker tour buses (two routes)
    • Informative recorded audio commentary.
  • Guest Reviews

    • John

      We took 30 people from our club on the bus yesterday and they thoroughly enjoyed the trip. So much so, that they want to do the St Kilda tour next year. So we will see you again!

    • Georgematthews – Via TripAdvisor

      We bought the one-day pass, but in hindsight, we should have gone with the two-day pass as once you hop off a couple of times, the day is gone – and there are two tours included in the ticket price (city and St Kilda). If you plan to visit any of the sights, such as the MCG, it’s worth buying the combo ticket as you save about $10. Siting upstairs is great for the views, but it can be hard to hear the commentary because of the noise of the bus.

    • Edmundo_de_ABQ – Via TripAdvisor

      We purchased the 48 hour ticket and were glad we did. The bus was new, clean and nicely configured with the open top. We took both the red and black line tours and saw a good part of the city, which is what we like to do to get an overview of a place we're visiting.

    • Cheriep2019 – Via TripAdvisor

      Nice trip around the city. Very hot day 40+ so nice to be offered cold water bottles and ice. Thanks friendly bus drivers.

    • karin_romania – Via TripAdvisor

      The bus company was actually alright. Staff were nice and the bus was OK. We tried to do both circuits in one day just to get a feeling for the city but our 'get a quick look around' plan didn’t work out due to the absolutely awful traffic. The first route down to St. Kilda was alright, but then we tried to do the city tour in the afternoon and that was terrible. We thought Sydney had congested traffic, but Melbourne doesn’t have it much better. The traffic is of course neither the driver’s, nor the salespeople’s fault, maybe not even the fault of the management or whoever sets up the timetable. However, some legs of the tour taking twice as much as it said on the timetable was definitely an issue that ruined our experience. At one place, between stops 4 and 6 I believe, we spent about an hour in traffic sitting in front of various construction sites. We were pretty much fuming around stop 8 and decided to get off the bus and just walk to where we wanted to go. We bought a 48-hour pass, but today we’re going to skip the bus completely.

What You Can Expect

A Melbourne Hop On Hop Off Tour is the ideal way to take in the city’s key sights at your own pace. From the many landmark architectural and historic attractions, to the bustling markets, bayside beaches and green spaces, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what to see and do on the two Melbourne Hop On Hop Off Tour routes. Plan your itinerary without having to worry about using public transport. Hop off the bus at each attraction you want to see, and when you’re done, hop back on and move on to the next one.

Buses for both the City and St Kilda Tours leave from Federation Square, and with services departing every 40 to 60 minutes you don’t have to rush through any attraction you choose to hop off and visit. After all, you’re on holiday!

Choose the City Tour to take in famous sights including the Queen Victoria Market, the MCG, Crown Casino, Fitzroy Gardens, the Arts Centre, Eureka Tower and many more. The St Kilda Tour includes historic South Melbourne, The Esplanade, St Kilda Beach, Luna Park and Station Pier.

The stops on each route are:

City Tour

  1. Federation Square
  2. Melbourne Aquarium
  3. Eureka Skydeck
  4. Crown Casino
  5. South Wharf/DFO
  6. Harbour Town
  7. Etihad Stadium
  8. Queen Victoria Market
  9. Melbourne Zoo
  10. Lygon Street, Carlton
  11. Melbourne Museum
  12. Chinatown
  13. Cathedral Place
  14. Fitzroy Gardens
  15. MCG/Sports’ Precinct.

St Kilda Tour

  1. Federation Square
  2. Shrine of Remembrance
  3. South Melbourne
  4. The Esplanade, St Kilda
  5. Luna Park & Palais Theatre, St Kilda
  6. St Kilda Marina
  7. St Kilda Skate Park
  8. South Melbourne beach
  9. Station Pier, Port Melbourne
  10. Bay Street
  11. Crown Casino
  12. Arts Centre.

The beauty of a Melbourne Hop On Hop Off Tour is that your pass allows you to disembark and reboard at designated stops as many times as you like. If you want to stay on and complete the entire loop, that’s OK too. The 24 and 48-hour passes offer unlimited rides, so you can backtrack, skip stops and do whatever it takes to make your day (or two) in Melbourne absolutely unforgettable.

Download a route map and timetable

 

Watch our video of this experience:

Melbourne Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour | Video Review – The Big Bus

Welcome to The Big Bus tour and travel guide’s YouTube channel. A Melbourne Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour is the ideal way to see the Victorian capital’s key sights, and in this video we preview some of the highlights of the City Route.

 

Important notes

  • Once your booking has been completed, a confirmation document and voucher will be sent automatically to your email address.
  • 48-hour tickets must be used on consecutive days.
  • Children must be accompanied on board by an adult.
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions.
  • To purchase a gift certificate, please click here.
  • Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.
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