How to do the Melb Show on a budget (and still have fun!)

How to do the Melb Show on a budget (and still have fun!)

Whether you’re the parents of a tribe of littleies or someone trying to impress a date, the show can be pricey. Never fear, we have your back (as always!) and are here to provide all the ins and outs of a more affordable day at the Show.


Have a plan of attack. Spend some time on your pre-show game and come up with a schedule for your showtime. This means you won’t be wandering around aimlessly and dropping cash randomly. FYI: We’ve cultivated some epic itineraries for you to maximise your time at the show.  


Use public transport. It’s the easiest and most efficient way of getting to the show. There are plenty of options whether you take the train, tram or bus to the showgrounds. Visit Public Transport Victoria's journey planner at to plan your journey. Enter your origin address, set your destination as a landmark and enter Melbourne Showgrounds. Parking is available but $25 a day. V/Line customers with tickets for the 2019 Royal Melbourne Show will be entitled to travel Economy OFF PEAK return for $15 from any destination on the V/Line network.


Pack your lunch! Although there is EPIC delicious food coming at you from all angles, buying food at the show is hella expensive! To minimise the damage, we recommend packing a sambo (healthy option) and purchasing a really amazing treat (hello Bertie Beetles) so you can maximise your spend on rides and other Showbags!! BONUS - Your mum will be so proud!


Find the cheapest day to go. There are value deals all over that can have you sitting pretty when it comes to show entry. First up, you need to pre-purchase to get the best price. You’ll pay $33.50 online for an adult ticket or $42.00 if you buy at the gate! Family passes are $66.00 for 1 adult/3 kids or $77.50 for 2 adults/2 kids. RACV members can save up to 25% off show tickets by purchasing online. You can save 50% off ticket prices for entry after 5pm (tickets are only $21!). You can also buy ride tickets online and save up to 30%.


Showbag Haul prep. We upload all of our 2019 Melbourne Show Showbags leading up to the Show on the Show’s Official Website AND Do yourself a solid and plan what purchases you wish to make. Be mindful to come in the morning so that you don’t miss out on your picks. Sometimes on the final days there are discounts if you want to pick up a bargain but just keep in mind a lot of showbags will be sold out by then!


CA$H ONLY BABY! Sounds a bit crazy but trust us – it works! This concept will minimise the impact on your wallet, especially if there are kids involved. You can’t spend more if you physically don’t have it with you. It’s exhilarating to plan with your crew what money is being spent where. Teamwork makes the dreamwork!

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