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Travel Information


Getting to Melbourne

Etihad    Our preferred airline

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 Airways

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.

book flight here

Visa for 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.


Getting around Melbourne

Public transport

By Tram

The Free Tram Zone in Melbourne makes it easier for commuters to move around the city. Passengers do not need to tap their travel card if they travel within in the Free Tram Zone. If your trip starts or ends outside the zone, you will need to tap your travel card - Also known as Myki card! Click here to learn more about the Myki card. 

View free tram zone 

Tram routes 96, 109 and 12 (Stop 124A Casino/MCEC) will all take you to our Clarendon Street entrance. Otherwise, tram routes 48 and 70 (Stop D5) take you to Flinders Street.


By Bus

From Monday to Friday, bus route 237 goes via Southern Cross Station to Lorimer Street, which is roughly 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 information on public transport, please visit the Public Transport website of Victoria


Driving with own car

The Congress center is easily accesible by car. Please set your GPS to: 

1 Convention Centre Place

South Wharf

Victoria, 3006


Access to MCEC parking:
Please note the 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. For more information about parking, please click here

Alternatively, a taxi ride between MCEC and Melbourne International Airport has an estimated duration of 25 minutes and costs around 50 - 70 AUD (40 - 60 USD).

Airport Transfers SkyBus


Operates from Melbourne Airport directly to the venue or to designated stops in Melbourne city centre. 

SkyBus transports visitors directly from Melbourne airport to the venue and city center! SkyBus vehicles are immaculately presented and include free onboard WiFi, on board luggage racks and disability access.

Skybus Complete 5

Look out for the big red buses! 

AIRPORT TO MCEC: Take the SouthBank Docklands Express service from Terminal 4 at Melbourne airport. It is a short walk (400m) from the other terminals and is clearly directed with signposting. One-way ticket prices start at 18 USD per adult online. Book your space here!

AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER: Take the Melbourne City Express service operating from terminals 1,2 and 3. The average journey time is 30-45 minutes. One-way ticket prices start at 18 USD per adult online. Book your space here!

Skybus timetables