Getting around Yarra Valley: Bus, taxi, car hire

A quick transportation guide to help you get around Yarra Valley.

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Yarra Valley is a region famous for its vineyards and is just 50 kilometres from Melbourne.

You can get to Yarra Valley from Melbourne by car or by private tour . The drive usually takes just under an hour, and you can enjoy lovely views and even spot local wildlife such as kangaroos and wallabies along the way.

Another option to reach Yarra Valley is by train (to Hurstbridge, Lilydale or Belgrave) or by bus.

Yarra Valley is car country since most wineries aren’t within walking distance and public transport in the valley is scarce. This means in order to discover its vineyards and natural beauty, it’s best to drive or to organise a tour. You can organise a tour either before you arrive or while you’re in the area.


Yarra Valley public transport

Types of transport. Towns and attractions in Yarra Valley are not well connected by public transport. Your best transport options to get around Yarra Valley are hiring a car or joining a tour. Exploring the vineyards and wonderful landscape of Yarra Valley this way can help you experience more of the local area.

Paying for transport. You can pay for transportation with cash as well as with a debit or credit card.

Getting to and from the airport. Bus 906 and the Melbourne Metro can get you from Melbourne Airport to the Yarra Valley in approximately 50 minutes.

Best apps for getting around. There are no official transport apps for getting around Yarra Valley.


Yarra Valley car hire rental companies

In the absence of public transport, renting a car is a good way to see Yarra Valley. An additional benefit is that it provides you more autonomy to travel far and wide.

You can hire a car from companies like Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, DriveNow, Redspot and Thrifty, which are available at multiple locations in Melbourne.

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Taxis and Uber

Taxi. Taxis are scarce in Yarra Valley and can only be booked in advance through a phone or a website.

Uber. You can use Uber to reach Yarra Valley from both Melbourne and Essendon Airports. The cost is $70-$100 from Melbourne Airport and $55-$75 from Essendon Airport.

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Airport transfers

It’s easy to get in and out of Yarra Valley using airport transfers.

You can pre-book a shared shuttle or a private vehicle from companies like Yarra Valley Transfers, Yarra Valley Discovery Shuttle, Jayride and Only Melbourne.

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