Try Before You Ride

Try Before You Ride is an annual event designed to provide people of all abilities the opportunity to familiarise themselves with our public transport system. This includes people with disability, parents with children and seniors.

Each year, Victorian public transport operators come together to give customers access to a range of stationary vehicles as part of familiarisation and basic travel training.

Participants have a chance to boost their confidence by practicing how to board and alight a low-floor tram, low-floor bus, train, coach and accessible taxi.

PTV and operator staff including drivers, Authorised Officers and customer service staff are there on the day to answer questions, along with disability advocacy groups.

Operators involved including, Metro Trains, Yarra Trams, Bus Association Victoria, Transdev (Bus), V/Line (Coach), the Taxi Services Commission and Travellers Aid Australia.

Next event

This year Try Before You Ride will be held on 11 October 2017 at the Box Hill Interchange.

You can register your interest for the event in the following ways:

You will need to provide your name and contact details.

Getting assistance

You can enquire at any time about accessing the network when a vehicle is stationary and not on the live public transport network. Information and contact details for each mode is listed below:

Metropolitan train icon Metropolitan train

The Metro Community Education Unit (CEU) proactively engages with schools and community groups to teach and promote safe train travel.

The team are dedicated to assisting customers in learning about the public transport system but also building their confidence.

For more information or to book a visit for your community group or organisation, please email the Metro Trains Community Education Unit.

Metropolitan tram icon Metropolitan tram

Yarra Trams runs tram familiarisation sessions and is working closely with the Victorian Government to enhance the accessibility of the tram network.

For more information, visit the Accessible Journeys page.

Metropolitan bus icon Metropolitan and regional town bus

BusVic provide access to bus try outs during the year.

For more information, email BusVic.

Transdev can provide access to a stationary vehicle at their depots.

For more information, visit the Transdev website or email Transdev to arrange a visit.

Regional train iconRegional coach icon Regional train and coach

For more information on accessing V/Line trains or coaches outside of Try Before You Ride, visit the V/Line website or email V/Line.

Further information

Customers needing further information or special assistance prior to travelling can call 1800 800 007 daily.