Well here we are in Cairns, a long way from Melbourne, for a five-day much needed break. Getting to the airport was a bit different this time. I’ve been lucky that I’ve people to drive me out to Tullamarine, friends or my parents, last year I used Uber, but this time I decided to brave the public transport.
And with Melbourne, there’s nothing particularly simple and more importantly direct. However, I have to say it turned out pretty smooth and took a little over an hour which is probably not much more then it would normally take.
Ok, I got a lift to the closest station. Local buses in my area normally only come every 30 minutes and I had an offer of a drop off, as it is 5 minutes by car away, and happily took it. Murrumbeena station already had a few people waiting, and during the weekday day-time, trains are supposedly every ten minutes so I knew that it wouldn’t be too long. And soon the train pulled up. I had to take it to Southern Cross Station, and luckily it was an express. We did also have a bonus crazy guy shouting out randomly so that was a great little extra.
At Southern Cross it was a short walk to a lift down to the bus station where the Skybus was waiting. And then leaving as full. Luckily another was right behind it. The Skybus was $19 each which is probably more than it should be. From city centre to the airport an Uber would probably be $50 or possibly less, so if you had three people I would THINK Uber works out cheaper. As it was, this was still the cheaper option.
The skybus left before being 100% full, so we had a wait of less than 5 minutes. In 25 minutes we were at Terminal Four for our flight. Simple as that.
So what can I say? I didn’t think much of this option before but after this journey I thought it was remarkably well run, issue-free and a great way to save a little money. Definitely worth it if you’re on your own or just two.