Venue - Rydges Melbourne
Rydges Melbourne is located in the central business district, nestled between the lively theatre precinct, Chinatown and the boutiques of Collins St, eateries of Little Collins St, and bars of Flinders Lane. Rydges combine great service with state-of-of the-art conference facilities, accommodation, bar & restaurant, as well as fitness centre and rooftop pool. Close to public transport, Rydges Melbourne is a short 15 minute walk to Swanston Street where trams depart for St Kilda Road, heading to Latvian House in Elwood. Latvian House is the main venue hosting the biennial Latvian Festival of the Arts, taking place concurrently with the WLEIF.
Travelling from Melbourne Airport to City
Airport shuttle buses: SkyBus departs from Melbourne Airport Domestic & International Terminals and travels directly to Southern Cross Coach Terminal (Spencer Street). Skybus: $19 per person - 20 - 40 mins
Taxi: A taxi to the city should cost between A$55 and $65, including the compulsory airport fee payable by departing taxis and CityLink tollway charges. This will all be included in the final fare.
Public transportation in Melbourne
Public transport: Myki card – you can’t travel without it.
Myki is your ticket to travel on Melbourne's trains, trams and buses. You can buy and top up your myki at over 800 retailers including all 7-Eleven stores, the ticket office window at Premium Stations, major tram and bus interchanges. The reusable smart card is easy to use. Simply top up before your journey and touch on and touch off at a myki reader as you travel.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +10 hours
Australian Currency - AUD$ (Australian Dollar)
Major credit cards – Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Bankcard and their affiliates – are widely accepted throughout Melbourne. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) with around-the-clock access are available in convenient locations like banks, along main shopping streets and in malls.
As with Australia in general, Victoria uses 220-240 volts AC. To use plugs from other countries, you will need a power converter. These can be purchased in the country of origin but are also available in shops in Melbourne. An adapter will give you access to the three-pin plug and socket system used in Australia.
Many cafes, bars and restaurants offer internet connection and more are including this service every week. There are also public places that are hotspots offering free internet through Wi-Fi.