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Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses are an easy way to see all of the city’s best attractions, sporting venues and shopping precincts.

All you need is a myki card and you’ll be ready to travel around the city.

Ticketing

myki is Melbourne’s ticket to travel on the city’s trains, trams and buses.

International and interstate visitors coming to Victoria can buy a full fare or concession myki Visitor Pack. These are available from the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square or the PTV Hubs at Southern Cross Station and Docklands. Alternatively, ask your hotel.

The myki Visitor Pack includes a durable myki smartcard pre-loaded with enough value for one day’s travel in Zone 1, which includes the entire tram network.

It also includes discounts and offers at 15 of Melbourne’s leading attractions, saving visitors more than $130.

A full fare myki Visitor Pack costs $14 and includes $8 myki money for travel. A concession, child or seniors myki Visitor Pack costs $7 and includes $4 myki money for travel.

If travelling for more than one day, your myki can be instantly topped up at:

  • myki machines at all metropolitan train stations and some accessible tram stops and bus interchanges
  • customer service centres at staffed train stations
  • close to 800 retail outlets, including all 7-Eleven stores, where you see the myki sign
  • the PTV Hubs at Southern Cross Station and Docklands.

Always remember to touch on and off your myki as you enter or leave a bus or the paid area of a train station. You only need to touch on when boarding a tram, except if travelling wholly in Zone 2 when you also need to touch off.

Zones

Fares for travelling on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses are separated into two zones: Zone 1 for the CBD and inner suburbs and Zone 2 for the middle and outer suburbs.

Use the public transport maps to check what zones you are planning to visit and make sure you have enough value on your myki to cover your entire journey.

As you touch on and touch off your myki, the system automatically calculates the lowest fare for your trip.

Please note: your myki need to be valid for each zone travelled in; however, when travelling in a zone boundary overlap, your myki can be valid for either zone.

Hours of operation for Melbourne's trains, trams and buses

Train and tram services run 5am - midnight Monday to Thursday, with extended hours to around 1am on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday, trains and trams run 7am - 11pm. Many of Melbourne’s bus routes run 6am - 9pm Monday to Friday, 8am - 9pm Saturday and 9am - 9pm Sunday.

Regional services

V/Line provides convenient, comfortable and reliable train and coach services to a wide range of destinations across Victoria. High frequency services run to Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Kyneton, Seymour and Traralgon.

V/Line offers a variety of flexible ticket options. Most V/Line tickets to and from Melbourne include free travel (Zone 1 + 2) on metropolitan trains, trams and buses. Single tickets give free access for one hour only. Visit V/Line tickets for details on which ticket type could best suit you.

An extensive network of regional town buses operates across the state, for travel for locals and visitors.

Planning your journey

Use the journey planner to help plan your journey from A to B. Simply enter your origin address, your destination address, the date and time you want to travel and click show journey. You will be provided with a step-by-step plan by public transport. You can even print it out and take it with you on your journey.

Visit the PTV Hubs for helpful advice

For face-to-face information on using public transport or advice about what type of ticket to use, visit the PTV Hubs centrally located at Southern Cross Station and Docklands. Here you can use the journey planner, download the iPhone app and talk directly with staff, who will help you with all of your transport needs. You can also buy a myki Visitor Pack and pick up timetables, maps and public transport brochures.

The Southern Cross Station PTV Hub is open Monday to Friday 7am - 7pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am - 6pm, including all public holidays except Christmas Day. The Docklands PTV Hub is open Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm and is closed on weekends and public holidays.

For more information, vist the PTV Hubs page.

Free iPhone app

The free iPhone app lets you view service times, use the journey planner and set your favourite stops throughout Victoria for faster access to public transport information on the go.

With built in tramTRACKER® functions, the app gives you real-time departures and arrivals for all tram stops.

All timetables are stored locally on your phone so it doesn’t use your data pack / cap when using offline departures. Requesting over the air updates from the journey planner, alterations and tramTRACKER® will use your data.

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Download the free iPhone app, Public Transport Victoria, from the iTunes Store.

Free city services - City Circle tram

The City Circle tram travels the perimeter of the CBD taking in many of Melbourne’s landmarks every day of the year except Good Friday and Christmas Day. The route uses iconic W-Class trams offering you a historical tram experience, while automated audio commentary announces points of interest along the route. Catch the tram at any of the specially marked tram stops.

Services run approximately every 12 minutes 10am - 9pm Thursday to Saturday and 10am - 6pm Sunday to Wednesday.

For timetable and route information, see City Circle tram

Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle

The bus shuttle stops at 13 key city locations. It runs every 30 minutes, seven days a week 9.30am - 4.30pm (except Christmas Day). The full trip takes approximately 90 minutes and includes on-board commentary.

Tickets cost $5, while children aged under 10 travel free. For more information, please visit www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/shuttle

Getting to the airport

SkyBus runs an express service between Melbourne Airport and Melbourne's city centre 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service takes approximately 20 minutes to get from the airport to the city centre. Buses run every 10 minutes 6am - 11pm and every 15 to 30 minutes at other times. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.skybus.com.au.

There are also several other airport bus services that connect the suburbs to both Melbourne and Avalon Airports.

For more information on getting to the airport visit airport buses

Information in other languages

You can get public transport information in languages other than English by contacting the PTV call centre.

Things to see and do in Melbourne

See www.visitmelbourne.com for a full list of things to see and do in Melbourne.