Lucky you! March/April is the perfect time to be in Melbourne. It's the time of year when the streets come alive as comedy plasters the city from end to end.
There are many reasons to visit Melbourne during one of the biggest comedy festivals in the world. You'll enjoy a wonderful array of choice with hundreds of shows, ticket prices averaging at $30 and free family entertainment. To complete your escape there's Melbourne's famous food and drink, fashion and arts scenes, and sumptuous wineries and beautiful beaches are just a day trip away.
To make the process that little bit easier, we’ve put together a handy guide to help you get the most out of Melbourne. It’s as easy as A-B-C! (Well, actually it’s P-R-F-C-S-B, but you get the point).
PLAN AND BOOK.
With hundreds of awesome local and international artists descending on Melbourne for the Festival, it’s important to plan out who you’re going to see. We suggest booking in a few key shows, then going with the flow and filling in the gaps once you’re here.
New shows are going on sale every week, so keep an eye on the website and socials for updates. You can also visit our YouTube channel for some inspo on your favourite artists and styles. Still can’t decide? Book yourself into a special event or line-up show to give you a taster!
All shows will be available to book through our website. If you prefer phone, booking agents vary for each show so check individual show listings for details and contact numbers. During the Festival dates you can buy tickets from most venues on the night (subject to availability), or head to our main Box Office on Swanston Street (near little Collins Street corner, opposite) you can book hundreds of shows there (but not all, so do check individual listings).
REST YOUR WEARY HEAD.
You’ll need a place to lay your head between all this fun and laughter. Lucky for you we’ve got some fabulous accommodation sponsors just waiting to greet you!
Just a few steps from Melbourne Town Hall at 205 Collins Street lies the luxurious Westin Melbourne. Stay the night in luxury after a show at this 5-star hotel and enjoy 10% off the best available accommodation rates during the Festival.
After undergoing a full renovation and rebrand, Hotel Collins Serviced Apartments are ready to host you in your Melbourne City escape. Catering to both corporate and leisure travellers who love to be amongst the action and experience the culture of a city, Hotel Collins and its outstanding location will provide you with endless possibilities right on your door-step. Hotel Collins is offering a 20% off discount for any booking from 30th March to 30th April 2021 - and for stay until 30th June 2021 inclusive, using code WELCOME20.
Located in the heart of Melbourne's Arts precinct you will find Quest Southbank. Offering a variety of really spacious 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities giving you a home away from home comfort. Use the promo code COMEDY to enjoy 20% off the best available rate.
Mantra on Russell is not only one of our popular Festival show venues, but they also offer airy Studio, 1, and 2 bedroom apartments, most with private balconies. A graceful hotel experience within a central location that will make your staycation for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival a memorable one. Enter promo code MICF21 to receive 10% off the best available rate.
Still can't pick where you want to get a good nights’ rest? Check out TFE Hotels who offer affordable accommodation at 14 central locations across Melbourne so you can be right next to the action, no matter which shows you choose to see. All with the added bonus of a 15% discount for Comedy Festival goers.
FILL YOUR BELLY.
Coffee. Food. Cocktails. More Coffee. What Melbourne escape would be complete without a tasty food or drink discovery? Don’t worry, it’s not all deconstructed dinners and avocado lattes. We work with a range of awesome drinking and dining partners - they’re close to loads of Festival venues, and many offer exclusive specials for those with a valid Festival ticket. Check them all out here!
CRUISE AROUND TOWN.
Driving to see a show? Let our friends at Secure Parking take the hassle out of finding a park with their amazing $9 deal for Melbourne Comedy Festival patrons. For $9 parking during the festival, add Promotional Code MICF21 when you book Night & Weekend Parking at these car parks:
Check out these locations on our parking map here.
Or you can let someone else do the driving! The PTV Journey Planner, available on the PTV App or at ptv.vic.gov.au, will help you get to the Festival on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses. The V/Line is your link to the city from regional Victoria, for more information visit vline.com.au or call 1800 800 007.
METRO TRAINS RAIL REPLACEMENT
Major planned works are constantly occurring on train lines. Click here to check if your line is affected. Buses will replace trains where applicable – and if your lines are affected we suggest you allow extra time for travel and, if possible, use alternative routes. The PTV Journey Planner can also help.
The Festival is open late and public transport is too. The Night Network provides all-night services every Friday and Saturday on metropolitan trains, trams, buses and regional coaches. You can catch a late show, head to the Festival Club and still get home!
You’ll need a myki to travel on public transport – it’s your reusable travel card for trains, trams and buses in Melbourne and regional Victorian centres. Top up before your journey, and don’t forget to touch on and off as you travel! The PTV website has more information.
SOAK UP THE CITY.
There’s so much to explore in Melbourne, so be sure to pair your laughs with lots of other activities! Melbourne is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city that thrives on sport, culture and festivals - playing host to events all year round. Arts, film, fashion, sport, food, wine, nature and more – the options are endless so get out and explore! Click here to search for everything that's happening in Melbourne. But be warned... one trip won’t be enough!
Beyond Melbourne, Victoria offers some of Australia's most beautiful and diverse landscapes, all within easy reach. Discover spectacular coastlines, wildlife reserves, award-winning wineries, surf beaches, rainforests, coastal villages, rejuvenating hot mineral springs, and spectacular alpine scenery… all just a few hours' drive from the city. Head to Visit Victoria to discover more!
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