Melbourne Cup Carnival:
Taxis, VHA/B/C vehicles (limousines, hire cars, Uber Black)
Three main Taxi ranks operate throughout the Melbourne Cup Carnival:
- Main Rank (adjacent to Members Turnstiles)
- Riverbank Rank
- Hill Gate Rank (adjacent to Hill Gate entry point)
- Access to the Main Rank is only available via Smithfield Road, Stables Drive. No entry will be permitted via Epsom Road Gate or Members’ Drive.
- Access to the Riverbank Rank will be via a one-way arrangement from Smithfield Road (at Lynches Bridge Gate Entry) to the designated taxi rank at the Riverbank Transport Interchange, then exiting via a left turn at Fisher Parade.
- Access to the Hill Gate Rank is to be from the left lane only of Leonard Crescent which operates one-way for the duration of each raceday. Taxis will drop off patrons or will queue in the designated holding area within the VIP Car Park prior to picking up patrons and exiting back onto Leonard Crescent.
- Taxis and hire cars are permitted to drop off in the infield during the entry phase (Winning Post Enclosure/ Home Straight Enclosure) however during the exit phase no access will be permitted to the infield.
RETURN COLLECTION: limousines, hire cars
Members’ Car Park
VHA/B/C cars and limousines returning at the end of the day to collect patrons will be directed to park in the limousine holding area within the main Members Car Park and will be called down to the patron collection point when their client is ready to depart.
Riverbank Transport Interchange
VHA/B/C cars and limousines returning at the end of the day to collect patrons will enter via Lynches Bridge Gate and will be directed to the Limousine Holding Area and will be called down to the Elms patron collection point when their client is ready to depart.
- VHA/B/C cars and limousines returning at the end of the day to collect patrons will be directed to a holding area within the Showgrounds located adjacent to the Limousine Meeting Point and a short walk from the VIP parking area.
- Entry to the holding area will be via Gate 7 from Leonard Crescent.
- After parking their vehicle in the holding area, drivers can arrange to meet their clients at the Limousine Meeting Point.
- Drivers will need to exit via the Showgrounds, exiting onto Langs Road through Gate 5.
DROP OFF: private, public, Uber X
A designated drop off area is set up in Langs Road (near the Hill Gate entrance) for private, public and Uber X drop off. Please note vehciles of this nature without appropriate members’ car park parking passes will not be permitted to enter the racecourse via Epsom Road, Smithfield Road or Lynches Bridge entry.
Members’ Car Park coaches
- A bus parking area for members’ coaches/buses is provided in the wetlands, with access provided via Smithfield Road, at the Stables Drive access.
- Coaches utilising the Members’ Car Park bus parking area will be allowed to park for the duration of the raceday.
- Please note no coach access will be allowed through the Epsom Road Gate and Members Drive Gate.
- Low bridges exist on Epsom Road (3.9m) and Racecourse Road (3.6m).
** No coaches will be allowed to enter the Main Entry Taxi Rank. **
Riverbank Entry coaches (Tourism & Corporate)
During the entry (morning) phase, buses and coaches utilising the Riverbank Entry are to approach from Smithfield Road through Lynch’s Bridge Gate and along the Riverside Road.
- Passengers can be dropped off at one of 8 bus bays provided at the Riverbank Transport Interchange and then exit via the River Bank Gate to Fisher Parade.
- Buses wishing to park all day must return via Ballarat Road and Lynch’s Bridge Gate, and enter via the designated storage area along the riverbank.
- Please note that no passengers are to be dropped off along the Riverside Road.
During the exit (afternoon) phase, a call-up system operates for passenger pick-ups.
- For patron safety and to ease traffic congestion, a maximum of 8 coaches at any one time will be called from the designated coach storage area to the Riverbank collection point.
- Event and traffic management staff will assist in the control and management of the call down arrangements. It is mandatory that coach companies utilising this transport interchange have a passenger manager (or similar) to coordinate the loading of passengers during the exit phase.
- Coaches will not be permitted to wait in the Riverbank Transport Interchange loading bays for patrons to exit the venue, patrons must be waiting in the corralling provided prior to coaches leaving the storage/holding.
Flights depart from Melbourne and land at the helipad/passenger area, at Flemington Racecourse. During Melbourne Cup Carnival, VIP Lexus courtesy vehicles will then transfer from helipad to main entrance.
For more information, contact our exclusive helicopter provider, Melbourne Cup Helicopters on 1300 724 927.
Ferry services for private groups operate from the city centre to Flemington along the Maribyrnong River.
For private berthing information, contact Parks Victoria on (03) 9426 4666.
When booking ferry services outside of Melbourne Cup Carnival, contact Customer Service Centre for information on how to access the racecourse.