Getting to and from the Festival

St Kilda Festival consistently draws a crowd of more than 400,000 people to the precinct for the one-day event. Road closures are in place for Festival day, and delays can be expected on surrounding roads.

Public transport is the best way to travel to the St Kilda Festival and extra tram services will be in place to get you to the heart of the action and home again. Check the PTV app or visit for details.


From Southern Cross Station: Route 12a & Route 96a Departing Spencer St, Stop 122 (Southern Cross Railway Station/Spencer St). Extra services will operate every few minutes. Route 96a will be an accessible service.
From Melbourne Central Station: Route 16a: Departing Swanston St, Stop 8 (Melbourne Central Station/Swanston St)
From Flinders Street Station: Route 16a: Departing St Kilda Rd, Stop 13 (Flinders St Station/Fed Square)

Service alterations:
Route 3a, 5, 6, 12, 16, 67, 72 and 96 trams are affected by temporary service alterations from 4.30am to last tram on Sunday 10 February 2019, due to the St Kilda Festival.
Trams will operate to their usual frequency, but some will only operate along part of their route, to ensure areas of high passenger demand are serviced.


Bus routes 600, 606, 623, 922 or 246 will get you to the festival.

  • Route 600 and Route 922 stop on Barkly St (P12 on the Festival map)
  • Route 606 stops at the corner of Park and Mary Streets, St Kilda (E4 on the Festival map)
  • Route 623 stops on Carlisle St, near the corner of Barkly St (N12 on the Festival map)
  • Route 246 stops at St Kilda Junction/Punt Rd then diverts along Nepean Hwy (Brighton Road) to Glenhuntly Road/Elsternwick Station (Barkly street will not be serviced)

Service alterations: Due to road closures in place on 10 February 2019, Transdev bus Routes 246, 600 and 922 will be diverted from their normal route from first to last service.


Take the Sandringham line.

From Balaclava Station: take tram Routes 3a, 16a, or walk along Carlisle Street.

From Windsor Station: take tram Route 78 along Chapel Street and get off at Carlisle Street, or take routes 5 or 64 along Dandenong Road and get off at St Kilda Junction.

From Elsternwick Station: take a Route 67 tram to Carlisle Street or a Route 246 bus running approximately every 20 minutes between Elsternwick Station and Punt Road/Union Street.


There will be two temporary taxi ranks in the Festival precinct:

Taxi ranks will operate from 10am to midnight on Festival day, and are the best places to get a taxi as they staffed and well-lit. The Festival precinct is closed to traffic. Taxis and rideshare services are unable to access closed roads.

Accessibility Transport

Disability drop off and pick up zone: located on Beaconsfield Parade adjacent to Catani Gardens, (F4 on the Festival map.) Please present your disability pass to access the drop off zone.

Disability Parking Area: There is a designated disability parking area on Fitzroy St, near the Fitzroy Bowls Club (C8 on the Festival map), and Belford St (N11 on the Festival map). Please present your disability pass to access these areas.

Accessible trams
Trams 96a, 12a, 3a and 16a are the closest services to the Festival precinct. For information on accessible trams please visit the PTV website or call 1800 800 007.

Accessible buses
Bus routes 600, 606, 623 or 922 are the closest services to the Festival precinct and are wheelchair accessible services. For information on accessible buses please visit the PTV website or call 1800 800 007.

Traffic & Parking


A number of full and partial road closures will affect access to the St Kilda Festival site. View the Road Closure Map here.

The festival attracts a high amount of traffic to the area around the Festival Precinct and parking is limited. Public transport is the best way to travel to the St Kilda Festival and extra services will be in place.


No on street parking will be available within the road closure area on Festival day and the following public car parks will be closed to general public access:

  • Belford Street West Car Park
  • Irwell Street Car Park
  • Seabaths Car Park
  • Shakespeare Grove Car Park
  • Peanut Farm Reserve Carpark

In addition:

  • Lower Esplanade Car Parks will be closed to public access between Friday 8 February and Sunday 10 February.
  • Car parking areas at the rear of the Palais Theatre will be closed to the public between Wednesday 6 February and Tuesday 12 February (subject to change).
  • Car parking areas on Blessington Street between Chaucer Street and Spenser Street will be closed to the public on Sunday 10 February.

Council Parking Enforcement Officers will be in the Festival precinct on Sunday 10 February. If you require any assistance with traffic management or parking enforcement on Festival day please call ASSIST on 9209 6777 .

Ride Shares

All rideshare apps will geo-block riders selecting any area within the road closure to limit traffic (including your address if you are inside the Festival precinct).

There will be two rideshare points adjacent to the Festival precinct:

  • Beaconsfield Parade (between Cowderoy St and Mary St), on the Catani Gardens side
  • Marine Parade, opposite Shakespeare Grove
Car Shares

If you are a car share customer (such as through Green Share, GoGet, Pop Car, Flexicar, RACV etc.), please note there will be some service changes to vehicle locations around the time of the Festival.

All vehicle locations within the full road closures will be temporarily unavailable.

Please contact the car share company directly if you have any questions regarding their alternative arrangements during this time.

Road Closures and Affected Areas

Roads throughout the St Kilda Festival precinct are closed for Festival day from 3am. Traffic to areas surrounding the precinct will also be affected. See the Road Closure Map for details.

Various parks and open spaces within the St Kilda area will be utilised for St Kilda Festival on 10 February 2019.

The installation and removal of equipment into these parks and open spaces has been designed to minimise impact both on the amenity itself and its availability to the public. Most public access pathways will be maintained throughout open spaces and parks, however some grassed areas and pathways may be unavailable for periods of time between Friday 9th and Monday 11th February 2019.

The following parks and/or open spaces will have Festival infrastructure installed:

  • Catani Gardens
  • South Beach Reserve
  • Beach Promenade
  • Alfred Square
  • O’Donnell Gardens
  • Cleve Gardens
  • Rotary Park
  • Foreshore
  • Captain Cook Lawns