Are you working or studying long hours? Or simply exploring Melbourne and Victoria’s nighttime food and lifestyle options.  Read on for the Study Melbourne Student Centre’s top five tips for getting home safely.

1. NightRider 

NightRider buses provide a safe, easy and inexpensive alternative for late night travel on weekends. You can travel on NightRider with a valid myki. NightRider buses travel from the Swanston Street in the city and Melbourne’s outer suburbs every half hour on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Buses also run to the city on most routes after midnight until approximately 3.30am on Saturdays and 4.30am on Sundays, with additional services on some routes. They have phones on board so you can arrange for a taxi to meet you at your bus stop and take you home.

The NightRider can drop you off at any designated bus stop or kerbside tram stop (orange or green PTV signs) – just ask your driver.

Useful NightRider resources

2. Riding a bike 

Riding your bike is a cheap, clean and fun way to get around Melbourne and Victoria. But it’s important to take care, particularly if riding at night. Where possible, try to avoid major roads and built up areas without dedicated bike lanes.

Always be wary of trams stopping, especially in the CBD, and to give way to pedestrians as well as comply with other road users.

Wear a helmet and, if riding at night, equip your bike with flashing lights and you are wearing bright, reflective clothing so you’re easy to spot. I

ndicate turns with your arms in advance to warn other vehicles of your movements. And don’t forget your water bottle!

Useful information for cyclists

3. Trams and Trains

Train and tram services run between 5am and midnight, Monday to Thursday. Melbourne has 24 hour public transport on weekends.

Trains run hourly and trams every 30 minutes during the weekends across the city. The extended services depart from Flinders Street Station on all Metro train lines while trams are reduced to six main routes: 19, 67, 75, 86, 96 and 109. On Sunday, trains and trams run until 11pm.

Check timetables and your connecting train, tram or bus services. After 7pm travel in the front carriage so you are close to the driver.

It’s also a good idea to sit near other passengers in the train, not by yourself.

If you feel worried or unsure while on board, each carriage is equipped with an intercom and emergency stop button. Metro Customer Service Officers travel on trains and visit stations to help you with your travel needs – don’t hesitate to ask them for help if you need.

Useful information about trams and trains in Melbourne

4. Getting to and from the airport 

The SkyBus operates a single route express between Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) and Southern Cross Station in the city centre, 24/7 with day departures ever 10 minutes. SkyBus connects with all suburban and country rail services and trams, as well as other bus services at the Southern Cross Station bus interchange. Taxis are another option, but they get more expensive later into the night.

Read our tips for a safe journey from Melbourne Airport

5. Walking 

Walking is the most cost-effective way to get around. However, make sure to take care crossing roads, bike-lanes and tram stops. Cars in Victoria approach from the left hand side of the road, so keep this in mind when crossing roads. Try to stick to well lit streets and let a friend or colleague know when you get home. Useful links:

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"Hi, my name is George. I am an international student in Australia. Australia's a great place but it is different from home. I am always learning new things and meeting lots of interesting people. I have to look after myself for the first time in my life. One thing I have learnt is, you need to be aware of your new environment. Pay attention to your surroundings and most important think before you travel. Look after yourself and stay safe."