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Cheap areas to stay in Melbourne

Melbourne’s buzzing City Center area – where bouncing bars, international cuisine restaurants, and cool boutiques abound – is sprinkled with cheap hotels, providing conveniently located accommodation for city explorers traveling on a budget. There are a few affordable modern hotels dotted around the central Docklands and entertainment-rich Southbank area, too. Southeast of the center, the St Kilda area – fringed by sandy bayside beaches and waterfront seafood restaurants – celebrates inexpensive accommodation, particularly hostels, which dot the relaxed sun-dappled streets.

Cheap hotels in Melbourne

The ibis budget Melbourne CBD is a cheap, centrally located hotel-cum-hostel, boasting utterly inexpensive shared or private rooms, with a convenient 24-hour front desk and tour and ticket assistance. The ibis budget Melbourne Airport offers compact and cozy modern private ensuite guestrooms with an in-house restaurant, free parking, and doorstep airport access. The Discovery Melbourne Hostel is another affordable City Center haven – here, enjoy simple and pristine shared rooms, a sociable communal restaurant and bar lounge, and free continental breakfasts – there’s even a rooftop terrace.

Where to find cheap food in Melbourne

You’ll find an abundance of simple, stylish, and affordable cafés and bistros scattered across Melbourne’s City Center area, serving quick and easy delicatessen style grub. For some cheap and tasty international cuisine, explore Sydney Road in the Brunswick area of the city – here, Middle Eastern, Greek, and Turkish restaurants abound. In St Kilda, you’ll discover a bounty of English-style fish and chip shops – small takeaway restaurants serving battered fish and fries – providing a hearty, inexpensive meal after a walk along the beach.

Cheap things to do in Melbourne

Spend your sun-kissed Melbourne morning strolling around the Royal Botanical Gardens, a carefully choreographed stretch of bright green flower-blanketed lawns, blooming tropical forest, and shimmering ponds – all for free entry. Architecture enthusiasts can amble around Federation Square in the Docklands, a riverside public space enclosed by contemporary futurist buildings and crowned by the 19th-century Saint Paul’s Cathedral. Melbourne also accommodates art lovers traveling on a tight budget – general entry to both buildings of the National Gallery of Victoria is free. The NGV International houses extensive European collections – including masterworks by Degas and Manet. Meanwhile, the NGV Australia – located in one of the sci-fi-like buildings in Federation Square – showcases indigenous and non-indigenous Australian art.

Cheap ways to get around Melbourne

The cheapest way to get around Melbourne is by foot – the central areas, laid out in a grid pattern, are easily navigable. If you don’t mind a bit of exercise, it’s quite possible to walk between Melbourne’s key central sights. You’ll also find some cheap bike rental facilities, and plenty of leafy, uncrowded bike paths that snake through the city and into the suburbs. Melbourne’s public transport network of trams and buses is also inexpensive – the tram is even free within the Central Business District area.

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