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5 Most Useful Apps for Travellers, Students and Expats in Melbourne

Justin Rampono has spent over 20 years working in some great roles at large banks, corporates, start-ups and scale-ups. He loves building businesses, nurturing relationships and more recently tackling massive jigsaw puzzles.

He researches and writes about foreign exchange products and has been quoted in the Australian,, Lifehacker and The Hip Pocket. Justin has a Diploma of Financial Services, a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.

In 2014, he founded The Currency Shop to help people compare exchange rates so they don't get ripped off.

Melbourne’s reputation of being the most liveable city in the world has people’s attention.

Whether you are a traveller, international student or expat and new to the city, these 5 apps will make your stay in Melbourne appsolutely easier.


1. Visa Status

myVEVO app

myVEVO is an app developed by the Department of Immigration. It is a much quicker way of checking your Australian visa travel, student and work rights and keep track of your visa expiry and any travel conditions. Another handy function within the app allows you to email your visa details directly to your employer, school or other organisations.


2. Transport

Public Transport Victoria App

The PTV (Public Transport Victoria) app for bus, tram and train schedules. Navigate your way through Melbourne’s CBD and suburbs with real-time updates on nearby stops and fastest routes. The app also offers a journey planning feature that lets you plan your future travel. It’s especially useful if you are new to Melbourne and getting familiarised with the city.



3. Money

The Currency Shop is an online currency comparison website. When you arrive in Melbourne, you will need to exchange your currency into Australian dollars. It is extremely important to compare your options if you are looking for ways to avoid poor exchange rates and high commissions on travel money and overseas money transfers. This comparison tool helps you save time by comparing the best exchange rates between banks and providers.


4. Meeting new people

Meetup App

Meetup is an app that lets you connect with people who share similar interests. Whether you are a traveller, student or expat, joining a local community is a great way to make new friends. Maybe you want to connect with people who have the same hobby, or attend an event to pick up a new skill. There are hundreds of groups to discover on Meetup.


5. Food

Zomato App

A must have app for finding local dining options. Zomato lets you browse through places to eat in various locations. You can find comprehensive information on every eatery within the app – cuisine type, average cost, user reviews, photos, menu, direction and more.


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