Melbourne by public transport
Metro trains connect Melbourne's suburbs with Flinders Street Station in the city. The city loop is Melbourne's underground system, with five stations servicing the central business district: Southern Cross Station, Flagstaff (closed weekends), Melbourne Central, Parliament and Flinders Street.
Train services run from 5am to midnight Monday to Thursday, and the Night Network runs all night Fridays and weekends. Plan your trip with Public Transport Victoria's journey planner.
Melbourne is the only city in Australia with a network of trams. Trams share road space on most Melbourne thoroughfares, and are operated by Yarra Trams.
How to travel on trams
You can board trams at signposted stops, which also display maps, route numbers and a timetable. Route numbers show on the front of the tram. Some stops provide times for next departures, or download the tramTRACKER and PTV apps for live departure information.
Free Tram Zone
Travel on trams in Melbourne's city centre is free. View a map of the Free Tram Zone on the PTV website. Tram stops in the Free Tram Zone are clearly marked. If you start or finish a journey outside the Free Tram Zone, a valid myki card is still required.
City Circle Tram
Melbourne's burgundy and gold City Circle Trams offer free travel to city sights and attractions, with audio commentary on points of interest along the route. Trams run along Flinders Street, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands Drive, La Trobe Street and Spring Street. A complete circle takes around an hour. Trams run in both directions every 12 minutes from 10am to 6pm Sunday to Wednesday, and 10am to 9pm Thursday to Saturday (except Christmas Day and Good Friday). The City Circle Tram is not wheelchair accessible.
Melbourne buses run frequently to major hubs, including shopping centres, schools, hospitals, leisure and sports venues, and some of Melbourne's biggest attractions. Bus routes intersect with train and tram lines, allowing for easy journey planning across the network. Plan your trip on the PTV website.
myki is Melbourne's ticket to travel on the city's trains, trams and buses. It's a plastic smartcard with stored value that can be topped up. Purchase your myki online at myki.com.au, premium train stations, retail outlets displaying the myki sign (including 7-Elevens), or by calling 1800 800 007 (free from a landline) in Australia.
The myki explorer card includes a day's unlimited travel by train, bus and tram in metropolitan Melbourne, plus maps and a handful of discounts and offers. Top up your card to travel extra days or into regional Victoria.
Metropolitan Melbourne is divided into two zones. Zone 1 includes all inner city suburbs and Zone 2 covers the suburbs further out. Travel across Zone 1 and 2 is included in the cost of your fare. Train travel completed before 7.15am on a weekday is free.
When you touch your myki on and off the electronic readers as you travel, an initial two-hour charge will apply. If you continue to use the card for longer than two hours, a capped full-day fare will be deducted from your card.
Children under four years travel for free and do not need a myki card.
For more information on zones, ticketing and timetables, visit the PTV website.
Melbourne's Night Network offers all-night public transport on weekends, with all-night metropolitan trains and trams, late-night buses, and a 2am coach service to key regional centres. Standard myki fares apply. For timetables and route maps visit the PTV website.
Regional Victoria by public transport
V/Line is Victoria's regional train and coach provider, operating services across the state. Southern Cross Station in Melbourne is the hub for all regional departures, with easy connections to Metro metropolitan trains, trams and buses.
Trains and coaches are an easy way to access towns and scenic attractions in all directions from Melbourne. Visit vline.com.au for information.
V/Line regional train destinations from Melbourne's Southern Cross Station include Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong, Bairnsdale and Albury. Visit the V/Line website for timetables, maps and to plan your trip.
V/Line coaches connect Melbourne's Southern Cross Station with regional centres around Victoria, including Warrnambool, Mildura, Bright and Beechworth. Visit the V/Line website for coach timetables and to plan your trip.
Regional bus services
Various private buses operate on V/Line and PTV routes around the regions. Some offer transfers to attractions, and others may be available for local group charter. Private bus lines include:
- McHarry's Buslines
- Zoobus – Melbourne to Healesville Sanctuary
- Alpine Spirit Coaches
- Snowball Express Mt Hotham Coaches
- Martin's Albury
- North East Coach Lines
To travel on V/Line train and coach services, you can either use your myki card or you will need to buy a paper ticket, depending on the service. Paper tickets are available from all V/Line stations and online. For more information on ticketing, fares, and to top up your myki or buy a paper ticket, visit the V/Line website.
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