Kids Health Info

Transport to the RCH from Southern Cross Station

  • This factsheet is to provide rural and regional patients with information on travelling to the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) from Southern Cross Station and also on booking wheelchair accessible taxi services.

    Getting to the RCH from Southern Cross Station

    • Southern Cross Station has a well-serviced taxi stand. The cost for a family catching a taxi to the Royal Children's Hospital will be similar to the cost of public transport.
    • The West Coburg Tram, number 55, passes the Bourke and Williams Street intersection, which is a 9 minute walk from Southern Cross Station (see the maps under For More Information). This tram will take you directly to the RCH on Flemington Road. The RCH stop number is 17 and the driver announces this so you will know where to get off the tram.
    • You can also book a disabled taxi in advance through the wheelchair accessible taxi service (WATS). See information below.

    Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Services (WATS)

    A large fleet of wheelchair accessible taxis operates across Victoria. In Melbourne, 13CABS and Silver Top Taxis co-ordinate wheelchair accessible taxi bookings.

    Tips for booking a wheelchair accessible taxi:

    • You can book your taxi up to 24 hours in advance.
    • Allow 10-15 minutes to get from the train to the taxi stand and another 5-10 minutes for possible train delay. (For example, if your train is due to arrive at 2pm, book the taxi for 2.20pm-2.30pm.
    • If possible, provide a mobile phone number when you make the booking so the driver can contact you if there are any problems.
    • Arrange a specific meeting place. The Collins Street end of the station has room for up to three taxis to pull in and wait.

    For more information

    Developed byRCH Primary Care Liaison. First published Dec 2008. Updated November 2010.

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