Situated in the Docklands precinct just west of Melbourne’s central business district, Etihad Stadium is well served by public transport. The ground is next to Spencer Street railway station – the main hub for country trains and part of the City Loop network. Two pedestrian walkways have been built across the rail yards, giving fans direct access from Spencer Street.
The Docklands precinct is undergoing significant development and access to the ground has been geared towards public transport and extensive car parking facilities under the stadium.
Spencer Street railway station is part of the City Loop network and the departure point for country and interstate trains. You can catch trains to anywhere in metropolitan Melbourne or throughout Victoria and the ground is only five minutes walk away. From Spencer Street you only need to travel one stop to Melbourne’s famous Flinders Street railway station.
The number 86 tram from Bundoora to the city stops outside the ground on La Trobe Street. The tram runs via Bourke Street and Spencer Street. The free City Circle tourist tram service was extended in January 2003 to run along Harbour Esplanade, linking La Trobe and Flinders Streets. Trams run every 12 minutes during business hours on weekdays. Various trams also operate on Spencer Street so commuters can disembark and walk across the pedestrian walkways.
Many interstate and Victorian regional bus services terminate at Spencer Street station. There is also a major interstate depot at Franklin Street, a short tram trip down La Trobe Street to the ground.
Etihad Stadium is accessible from the south via the George Grimes bridge and Wurundjeri Way, from the west via Footscray Road, and from the city via La Trobe and Collins Streets. The Collins Street overpass provides direct access to the carparks within Etihad Stadium and the Docklands precinct.
Where to eat and drink
There are many and varied options within Etihad Stadium for wining and dining including restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs. Livewire is located over two levels inside the stadium and features the Locker Room, Vic Bar, Sirens Nightclub, Nosh and The Kitchen.
Within walking distance of Etihad Stadium, the burgeoning North Quay precinct alongside Victoria Harbour offers a wide range of bars, clubs and restaurants with something to cater for every taste and budget.
Just a short walk to the central business district, there’s a good range of restaurants, cafes and pubs on Spencer and King Streets.