Since being home we’ve really noticed how expensive everything in Australia is. Of course we are comparing these costs to those in countries with a lower standard of living, lower basic wages and far less development than we have in Australia.
Many of our travelling friends have also commented on how expensive Australia is and the damage it will do to their travelling budgets!
To combat this and help a few people out I thought I would start a series of posts of cheap stuff to do in Australia. Cheap eats, places to see wildlife, transport and other fun stuff. Just to show that everything in Australia doesn’t have to be expensive!!
First cab off the rank is transport costs in Australia. We are pretty high up the list when it comes to transport prices. Public transport is not the cheapest thing you’ll find in this country that’s for sure!
Here’s a couple of ways to reduce your transport costs in Australia next time you visit:
- Hire a car. While the cost of hiring a car is not super cheap here, if you are a family travelling it will most likely be cheaper for you to have a car to get around. In Brisbane a basic train fare across town with a paper ticket is AU$7.50 per adult. If there’s a couple of you, just one trip will almost equal the price of hiring a car for the day and the cost of fuel. And you’ll get to your destination a heap quicker with a car. Keep an eye out for free parking too – or your cheap day out could unravel!
- Check online for free services. Sydney has cheap transport on Sundays. Just $2.50 per person will let you ride all the ferries, buses and trains for the day – now THAT’s a bargain! Brisbane has a red and white cityhopper ferry service that is free every day for trips up and down the river. There are also free City Centre loop buses in Brisbane to get you around the City and Spring Hill. Melbourne has a free Melbourne Visitor Shuttle bus that passes all the interesting sights in the city centre.
- Use relocation services. Australia is a vast country. If you want to see more than the East Coast you will most likely need to hire a car or a camper. This can get expensive over time but there is a cool way to reduce your costs. You can use a relocation service to hire a car or a camper. You might have heard us talk about this before as we did the same thing with a $1 a day rental from California to Texas! It was one of the most fun things we did in America! Services that offer car rental and camper relocations in Australia will be your best friend. They even give you a small petrol allowance!
- Don’t use taxis if you can help it! They are extremely expensive compared to overseas and you’ll be in for the shock of your life. Most cities have a shuttle bus or train from the airport and these will be your most economical way of getting to the city centre.
So there you have some ways to save money on your transport costs in Australia. Feel free to leave us any other ways you might know of in the comments so everyone can benefit!