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Travel information

Etihad Airways 

Etihad Airways is the national airline of the United Arab Emirates. As an airline, Etihad has come a long way in a short time - just like its home Abu Dhabi.

Etihad believes that your journey should be more than just travel. Enjoy fully flat-beds and direct aisle access at every seat in Business Class or discover an Economy Class that is simply smarter with generous recline and legroom. The airline offers you a personal experience with tailored options for every step of the way. Whether you are looking for additional services at the airport, even more space on board or a more generous baggage allowance, Etihad has some great ways for you to further enhance your journey.

Book your flight to the ISN World Congress of Nephrology with Etihad Airways and benefit from great connections via Abu Dhabi to Melbourne and discover how Etihad makes travel different.

Visa to Australia

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia.

  • New Zealand passport holders will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival. For more information, please click HERE
  • Other countries: visa options could be found HERE

For information about the visa options for participants to conferences, seminars, trade fairs or expos please click HERE.

It is advised that participants apply for their visa well in advance of their intended date of travel to Australia. Information about visa processing times is available HERE.

Please note that: Visa applicants aged 75 years or older that are applying for a Visitor(subclass 600) visa, are required to undertake a medical examination as an additional health requirement. For further information, please check ‘special significance situations’ 


Letter of invitation

Please note that only registered delegates who have paid their congress registration fees will be issued a letter of invitation. The letter of invitation can be downloaded directly via the online registration system once the payment is finalized. Such an invitation is extended specifically to assist participants to obtain travel funds, appropriate visas, approvals, sponsorship or official leave. It does not imply a commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any support, financial or otherwise.

How to find the congress center

Reaching Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is easy from anywhere in the city since it is located at a short walking distance from the city centre

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place,
South Wharf, Melbourne Victoria,
Australia 3006.


From the airport

Use sitio (stationed) taxis at stands or call for one. 
A taxi drive between MCEC and Melbourne international airport lasts around 25 minutes and costs around 50-70AUD (40-60 USD).

The SkyBus transports visitors directly from Melbourne airport to the congress venue. The service is called Southbank Docklands Express .The stop is at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre slip lane on Clarendon St. across from Crown St. It is just a couple of minutes’ walk either by the river or inside the building. You will be able to book your ticket in advance through this website.

From the region/city

Catch any of the following trams and exit at the stop opposite the Clarendon Street entrance of MCEC:

Route 96 – St Kilda to East Brunswick
Route 109 – Port Melbourne to Box Hill
Route 12 – Victoria Gardens to St Kilda

Alternatively, catch tram number 48 or 70 and exit at the Flinders Street stop. Then take a short walk towards the Yarra River, across the Seafarers Bridge. For further tram timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website.

Bus route 237 operates from Queen Victoria Market, via Southern Cross Station to Lorimer Street South Wharf from Monday to Friday. Lormier Street is approximately a five minute walk to MCEC. There is also a coach pick up/drop off point at Bay 1, Convention Centre Place (closest to DFO South Wharf).

For further bus timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website.

Driving yourself: Find your way on Google Maps.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place,
South Wharf, Melbourne Victoria,
Australia 3006.

Access to MCEC parking:
Please note: This car park can reach capacity early in the day during busy events.
There are 1,060 undercover parking spaces available, managed by Wilson Parking. Entrance and exit off Normanby Road with a height restriction of 2.2 metres. Open 24 hours, seven days a week.

Take any train that goes to Southern Cross Station. Exit at Southern Cross Station and catch tram number 96, 109 or 12 as above. For further train timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website.