Travel and arrival for returning international students

We can’t wait to welcome new and current international students to Australia.

That’s why we’re offering the best possible support to make sure you settle in as quickly as possible and enjoy your study experience in one of the world’s most livable cities.

La Trobe was the first Australian university to require all students and staff on campus to be fully vaccinated, and we are also home to an accessible health centre that offers a range of services.

Living in Australia Webinar

Our comprehensive Living in Australia - How it works Webinar offers you support and advice on everything you need to know before leaving your home to transition to Australia.

It covers valuable information regarding accommodation, transport, food, working, health services and staying safe.

Public transport

You will need to buy a Myki card to travel on public transport in Victoria.

Currency and banking

Find information to help you understand currency and banking in Australia, including how to open an Australian bank account.

Getting to Melbourne (Bundoora) and City Campuses

Airport pick up

We are delighted to provide all La Trobe international students enrolled at the Melbourne (Bundoora) and City campuses a free airport pick up.

Whether you are returning to us or arriving in Australia for the first time, we will meet you at the airport and take you safely to your accommodation (within the 6km radius of either campus).

Getting to regional campuses

Students enrolled at regional campuses will be reimbursed up to $60 per person for the cost of the journey – please keep your receipts and provide them to ASK La Trobe at your regional campus. The cost of hotel accommodation is not included.

If you are travelling to a regional campus you may wish to book an airport pick up to a Melbourne transport hub (such as Southern Cross Station). If you book an airport pick up, you will not be eligible for a reimbursement of $60.

Getting to Bendigo

There are three options to choose from to travel to the Bendigo campus.

  • Fly from Sydney

    Travel to Bendigo by air, currently the only carrier that flies to Bendigo is Qantas from Sydney. You will need to arrive into Australia at Sydney Airport and get a connecting flight to Bendigo.

    Once you arrive at Bendigo Airport, taxis are available.

  • Shuttle Bus from Melbourne

    Arrive into Australia at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport and book the dedicated Bendigo Airport Service shuttle.

    Available from Monday 13 December 2021, this is a dedicated bus service will pick you up at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport and drive you to Bendigo Railway Station in the centre of Bendigo city.

    The travel time via the Bendigo Airport Service is approximately 2 hours.

    Once you have arrived at Bendigo train station, buses (Route 52 and 53 to La Trobe University campus) and taxis are available.

    Please note if you arrive at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport at night you will need to book accommodation in Melbourne as the Bendigo Airport Service does not run at after 8.30pm on weekdays and 7pm on weekends.

  • Train from Melbourne

    Arrive into Australia at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport and book our free airport pick up to take you to Southern Cross Station. Once you have arrived at Southern Cross Station, take a train to Bendigo – pre-booking is not required.

    You will need to purchase a Myki card (ticket to Bendigo) at Southern Cross Station or on board the train from the conductor(cash is required).

    Travel time from Southern Cross Station to Bendigo Railway Station is approximately 2 hours.

    Once you have arrived at Bendigo train station buses (Route 52 and 53 to La Trobe University campus) and taxis are available.

    Please note if you arrive at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport at night you will need to book accommodation in Melbourne as trains do not operate 24 hours a day to Bendigo.