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Melbourne

Melbourne is a sprawling city with numerous suburbs that you could stay in, many with a unique character of their own. Don't assume that the best place to stay is in the center of the city. Beachside suburbs like St Kilda , or hipster areas like Fitzroy offer good quality budget accommodation in charming surrounds.

Inner suburbs are within 30 minutes of the CBD by public transport and often that distance can even be walked. Here are some of the most popular areas where you will find good budget options.

St Kilda

A traditional beachside tourist resort area, St Kilda has become a first choice for backpackers visiting the city. It's about 20 minutes out of the CBD by tram and unfortunately no train lines go here. The great attraction of staying in St Kilda is that there is a beach on your doorstep and a great walking trail along the foreshore. There are also a large number of restaurants, bars and pubs along the two main strips of Acland Street and Fitzroy Street. Luna Park, the city's iconic amusement park is also located in St Kilda.

North Melbourne

Within walking distance of the CBD, North Melbourne provides a good range of cheap hotels and hostels. This is within easy walking distance of the CBD. Multiple trams also head this way, so you should have no trouble getting into the center when you need to. The main attraction in North Melbourne is the Victoria Market, where you will be able to save even more money by buying cheap fresh food and souvenirs for family back home. It's a great place to visit for lunch, coffee or just to have a browse around.

CBD

While many of the options in the CBD are mid-range and luxury hotels, there are a few hostels and cheap(ish) hotels that are incredibly popular. If you want to explore the laneways and bars to the fullest, then being in the CBD is perfect, because you will be able to stumble back to your bed after a big night out. Victoria Market is still just a walk away, as are sporting grounds like the Vodafone Arena, MCG, Etihad Stadium and AAMI stadium. There is no shortage of things to do in the CBD. Enjoy walks along the Yarra, strolling through the Royal Botanical Gardens or getting a good look over it all at Eureka Tower. Consider also that if it's going to cost you a few dollars extra to stay in the CBD, you will save a few dollars by not having to catch a tram in. There's also a free tram that circles the CBD, allowing you to get around very cheaply.

Fitzroy and Collingwood.

Fitzroy and neighbouring Collingwood are great places to be if you enjoy somewhat more bohemian surrounds. It's still within walking distance of the city and a few tram lines run through it making access easy. Nearby you will find the Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building. A short walk away is also Carlton, where you can find an abundance of Italian restaurants and cafés.

Outer suburbs

A few options are available in the outer suburbs, particularly motels. If you have a car with you, this can be a good choice because it will mean less money spent on parking. The trip into the city to see things will be a bit longer though, up to an hour if you're staying a long way out. Consider carefully what the public transport options are when you stay in the outer suburbs. It's not ideal to have to drive into the city for the day, since parking can be exorbitant.

For more information about Melbourne, have a look at our travel guide, created by members of Travellerspoint.

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x The average starting price for a place to stay in Melbourne is £83 per night.

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Base St Kilda

17 Carlisle St St Kilda

Excellent 90%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
Budget From £20 per night

United Backpackers

250 Flinders Street

Awesome 89%
Free WiFi
Budget From £17 per night

Landing Pads Brunswick

13 Blyth street Brunswick

Awesome 89%
Free WiFi
Budget From £10 per night

Barkly Backpackers

102 Barkly St St Kilda

Awesome 89%
Free WiFi
Budget From £18 per night

Miami Hotel Melbourne

13 Hawke Street

Awesome 88%
Air Conditioning
Budget From £15 per night
Sander This is really a budget hotel, which happens to have a tiny kitchen on the second floor, and thus also can function as a hostel. As such, it unfortunately lacks all hostel atmosphere. If you book a private room, you will need to explicitly ask about that kitchen to have your room key recoded to provide access, as you won't find information about its existence anywhere. Staff is friendly enough, and the location is great (right next to Errol Street, for some great restaurant options), but WiFi is freakishly expensive. Definitely not bad, but know what you're getting.

Back of Chapel

50 Green St. Windsor

Awesome 88%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
P24 Hour Reception
Budget From £15 per night

Space Hotel

380 Russell Street

Awesome 87%
Swimming Pool
Air Conditioning
Budget From £19 per night

Claremont Guesthouse

189 Toorak Road South Yarra

Awesome 87%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Budget From £23 per night

The Nunnery

116 Nicholson Street Fitzroy

Awesome 87%
Free Breakfast
Budget From £18 per night

Urban Central

334 City Road Southbank

Awesome 86%
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
Budget From £17 per night
alandchris This place was really a sweet deal for us... A great place near the south bank and great room for our needs! :)

Central Melbourne Accommodation

21 Bromham Place Richmond

Awesome 86%
P24 Hour Reception
Budget From £17 per night

Home at The Mansion

66-90 Victoria Parade

Awesome 85%
Budget From £17 per night
mvac001 The place wasn't bad at all...the room my friend and I got was a private room, and was very small - but cost $80 a night. Good location, about a 10 minute walk from the main city centre Quite clean, the staff are all awesome, very friendly

Habitat HQ

333 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda

Awesome 85%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
P24 Hour Reception
Budget From £18 per night
lemet We had a great stay at the Habitat HQ. The staff was nice and helpfull, it was a clean place with all the facilities you need. Can gladly recomend this place for other travellers.

City Centre Budget Hotel

22-30 Little Collins St

Awesome 85%
Free WiFi
Budget From £26 per night
Peter52p great place to stay right in the city centre car parking next door at set price for one exit if it is one hour or one week close to china town next street friendly staff and very helpfull

Melbourne Central YHA

562 Flinders Street

Awesome 85%
Free WiFi
Budget From £21 per night

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