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Melbourne Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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    • Adults (15+)
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from US$ 38.39 per person pp

Key Highlights

  • Explore Melbourne at your own pace!
  • Hop on and off at the most popular Melbourne attractions!
  • No more worrying about parking problems and commuting woes
  • After land, hit the waters with one of three exciting river cruises
  • See one of the busiest trading ports, sail past picturesque gardens or crane your neck to see skyscrapers towering high above
  • Smartphone voucher accepted – no need to print!
  • Overview

    See the very best of Melbourne on both land and water with your Melbourne hop-on, hop-off tour and river cruise.


    Enjoy a flexible experience while making sure you don’t miss any of the sights with your Melbourne hop-on, hop-off ticket. Witness the famous Melbourne landmarks and attractions such as Melbourne University, Federation Square and Docklands Stadium. Customise your travel and create your own itinerary – the choice is yours!

    Your hop-on, hop-off ticket is valid for 24 hours and the buses operate on two routes – the red City route and the blue St. Kilda route.

    Major Attractions covered:

    • Federation Square
    • SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
    • Eureka Skydeck
    • Melbourne Zoo
    • Etihad Stadium
    • Queen Victoria Market
    • Chinatown
    • The Esplanade St. Kilda
    • Shrine of Remembrance
    • South Melbourne Beach
    • Crown Casino

    You have the freedom to hop on and hop off from the buses at any of the sites at your will.

    Click to see route map


    After your open-top bus tour around the city, you can choose one of the three great cruises, which cover different aspects of the city as well as offer spectacular views of the Melbourne skyline from the river.

    • Ports and Docklands “Down River” Cruise: Sail along one of the busiest trading ports in the Southern Hemisphere, the Melbourne Central Business District and enjoy stunning views of the historic Victoria Docklands.
    • River and Gardens “Up River” Cruise: Meander past picturesque gardens and parks, as well as take in sights of some of Melbourne’s famous sporting venues including the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground.  
    • Return ticket to Williamstown: Enjoy stunning views of Melbourne skyline from further round the coast as you take a return ferry cruise over to Williamstown. Enroute catch a sight of the Eureka Skydeck, the 19th century ship Polly Woodside, the Melbourne Observation Wheel, and much more!
  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?



    Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour: Your ticket is valid for 24 hours
    River Cruise: 1 hour

    Start time

    Hop-on, Hop-off Tour: Buses depart between 9:30am and 5:30pm. Buses arrive approximately every 45 minute to 120 minutes.
    Timings may vary due to seasonality.
    Please refer to the tour route map for complete schedule details.

    River Cruise:
    Ports and Dockland: Departs at 12:10pm and 3pm
    River Gardens: Departs at 11am and 1:30pm
    Williamstown Ferry: Departs between 10:30am and 3:30pm.
    Timings may vary due to seasonality

    Meeting Point

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour: The buses start from Federation Square. The voucher must be exchanged at Stop No. 1 (Federation Square).

    River Cruise: All cruises depart from Southgate Promenade, near the Langham Hotel on the river’s edge. So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 20 mins early.

    Ending Point

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Tours: You may end the tour at any of the stops

    River Cruise: Same as the start point

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • 24-hour Melbourne hop on-hop off bus ticket
    • Audio commentary in English
    • Tour route map and booklet
    • Ticket for one of the three Melbourne River Cruises


    • Food and drinks
    • Entrance fees to attractions
  • Please note

    Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other device.

    Timetable for the Melbourne River Cruises is subject to tidal and weather conditions and demand. We strongly recommend contacting Melbourne River Cruises (03 8610 2600) to confirm tour departure times.

    No/limited river cruises available on public holiday and event days. 

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.

  • Customer Reviews

      Jennifer okeefe, Australia, 17/Jan/2019