How to get to Inside Retail Live

The Location


Known as the retail capital of Australia, Melbourne serves as the perfect backdrop for Inside Retail Live.

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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is one of the world’s largest convention and exhibition facilities. It is located near Melbourne CBD and just 30 minutes from Melbourne’s International Airport. It is part of a mixed-use hotel retail, and dining precinct.

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Witness firsthand why Melbourne has some of the best retailers worth bragging about. There are a plethora of shopping and dining experiences unique to Melbourne alongside international retailers and department stores.

Getting there


The SkyBus transports visitors directly from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross train station.
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).


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


Take any train that goes to Southern Cross Station. Exit at Southern Cross Station and catch tram number 96, 109 or 12.


Taxis take 20 minutes from the airport and cost around $40. Taxi drop off points are at 1 Convention Centre Place (for Convention Centre) or 2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf (for Exhibition Centre).


There are a number of secure car parks located near the MCEC. For more information, visit the venue’s website


The MCEC is only 26km away from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport with an average drive time of 30 minutes.

Accommodation Options

MCEC is located within walking distance of many well-known hotel chains, providing plenty of accommodation choices to suit all requirements and budgets.
IRL’s official accommodation partner is Crown Metropol, conveniently located within walking distance from the MCEC. Crown Metropol offers significant discounts to IRL delegates during Retail Week.
Alternatively, IRL has also partnered with TFE Hotels and MCEC is in partnership with Hotels Combined, to offer discounted rates at selected hotels.

Crown Metropol Melbourne

Inside Retail LIVE Hospitality Partner
TFE Hotels
Alternative Accomodation Options

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