5 Tips to save money on a Melbourne Tour

Visiting the second largest city in Australia should definitely be on your holiday to do list. There is so much to see there. For example, its architecture combines modern and historic Victorian era elements, including many beautiful parks and gardens. And that’s just one of the reasons Melbourne is visited by millions of tourists each year.

Believe it or not, there are ways to save some money in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Here are some useful suggestions.

1. Ride cheap

Public transport in Melbourne can be as cheap as it gets. There is a free hop on hop off city circle tram. It runs in 10 minutes intervals and provides a great overview of the city. Other means of public transportation are relatively cheap too. You can save up if you buy a ticket and validate it at proper hours. That can give you few extra hours or even days for a city tour. Also, Sunday saver tickets are very cheap and allow you to ride all day anywhere in the city.

2. Eat up and save up

If you’re not too keen on eating at restaurants, choose self-catering and buy food at local markets, such as Queen Victoria Market. At this deli you can find sandwich meats, fresh made pasta, fruit, vegetable etc. If you’re, however, sticking to eating out, it’s best to eat the main meal in the middle of the day, since lunch is cheaper than dinner due to special offers. There are discounts on off-peak days, meaning Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, that can go up to 50%. You should also check out discount websites for good restaurant deals. One more thing, eating in the bar areas and pubs is cheaper than choosing to eat in lounge places.

3. There’s always something happening

When in Melbourne, it’s good to check out the calendar of events. It is known for its exciting art scene and most galleries are free for visitors, such as the National Gallery of Victoria. Here, art goes out from the galleries and out on the street. At Hosier Lane, near Flinders Street Station, every available space is spray painted, stenciled or postered with designs including the rubbish bins and metal bars of gates. Melbourne International Arts Festival is one of the major attractions this city has.

4. Sport as a main attraction

Everyone knows about the Australian Open and it’s a must see if you’re in the city when it’s being held. The other main sport is Australia Rules Football that is played only in Australia. Melbourne’s biggest sporting ground, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG),  where you can see an ARF game, opens the gates at three quarter time, mainly to allow for the losing side’s supporters to make a humbled exit from the venue. That will, on the other hand, allow you to get in and watch the final quarter of a match for free.

5. Time to spend?

Don’t get your head in the clouds quickly in this metropolitan place surrounded by retail shopping centers and designer shops. Stick to your budget and buy only basic items which you fall in love with. There is so much to see and do in Melbourne so it’s better not to spend it all at the mall. Have in mind that certain consumer items can be purchased over the Internet too at a smaller price.