How to use the PTV Android app

The latest version of the Public Transport Victoria iPhone app is available to download for free from the Google App Store.

Download the PTV Android App

Here are some handy tips to help get you started:

Should you require any additional support, please contact PTV on 1800 800 007


Finding a station, stop or address

From the Home Screen

When you first open the app, the default page (Home) displays nearby stops and stations and a list of stops, stations or journeys that have been added to favourites.

Favourite stops will display at the top of the screen with the next service arrival time.

Favourite journeys will allow one-tap journey planning for a saved journey.

The home page also displays nearby stops. Tap the Next 5 icon to display the next 5 services departing from the selected stop.

From the Menu

Tap the menu icon on the top left of the screen next to the PTV icon.

From here you can directly search for an address, station, stop or route using the search bar at the top of the menu.

Android app home screen

Home screen

Menu

Menu

From the Map Screen

Tap the Map item in the Menu to open the map.

By default, this will display a map of the area around you, with stop and station locations indicated by pins. 

You can filter the pins that will appear by tapping the menu on the top right of the screen and selecting the transport modes that you'd prefer to display.

Select a stop and two buttons will appear at the bottom right of the screen. You can either show the Next 5 trips from the chosen location by tapping the Next 5 icon, or plan a journey to this location by tapping the 'A+B' Journey Planner icon.

Map mode filter

Select the modes to display

Android map view

Select Next 5 or plan journey


Viewing your next departure

From the Home Screen

When the app is opened, the Home screen will display all nearby stations and stops by default.

Tapping the Next 5 icon on the right hand side of a station or stop will display the next five services departing from that location.

Real time information is shown in minutes, timetable information is shown as a clock.

From the Next 5 Screen

Open the menu and tap the Next 5 item.

Enter the address, station, stop or route that you’d like to depart from in the search field, and select a match from the list of results that will appear.

If you search for a stop, the app will return a list of the closest matches based on your search.

If you search for a route, the app will return a list of stops on that route. Select the stop that you’d like to depart from.

If you search for a station, the app will return a list of services running from that station. Select the service that you’d like to use.

The app will display a list of upcoming departures for the selected stop or station, including which platform it will depart from.

Real time information is shown in minutes, timetable information is shown as a clock.

Home screen with nearby departures

Home screen with nearby departures

Android app screenshot showing next train departures

Next train departures


Planning your journey

To plan a journey, open the menu, and tap the Plan Journey item.

Type the address, station or stop from which you are departing or leave the default option which will be your current location.

Next, enter the destination address, station or stop.

Below this is an item showing ‘Departing: Now’. If you tap ‘Now’ you will be able to choose to arrive or depart for your journey from a date and time in the future.

The ‘Departure’ and ‘Arrival’ fields can be reversed by tapping the arrows to the right of the search fields.

The app will return a list of journeys to get to your destination. Icons on the left show the modes of travel used, and departure and arrival times display the right hand side of the screen. Click the journey for more information.

A 'New Journeys' button will appear down the bottom of the screen if the displayed results are out of date.

You can edit the journey preferences by tapping the ‘Journey Preferences’ button in the top right hand corner of the screen. From this screen you can change the following:

  • Transfer method and time can be set.
  • Walking speed can be personalised.
  • Trip preferences can be set.
  • Preferred transport can be changed to add or omit transport modes in the journey.
  • Accessibility options can be toggled to only display accessible services or accessible stops on the planned journey.

You can save the settings on this page as your default preferences.

Planned journey

Plan journey screen

Android_2015_planned_journey_preferences.png

Journey Planner preferences screen


Setting reminders

When planning a journey, a reminder can be set so you don't miss your service.

The search results each have a ‘Set Reminder’ link below them. Click this link and you'll be taken to the set reminder screen. From here, you can set a reminder prior to the journey departure time.

Even if you lock your screen or exit the app, you will receive a push reminder to your phone to let you know it’s time to go.

Setting a reminder from the JP results screen

Setting a reminder from the JP results screen

Set reminder screen

Set reminder screen


Saving your favourite stations / stops / journeys

There are a few ways to save a stop, station or journey so they appear on your Home screen as favourites.

To favourite a Stop from Next 5

Search for and select a stop from the Next 5 screen. Once selected, you’ll see a star icon near the top right of the screen. Tap this icon, and stars will appear next to each service. Select the services that you’d like to add to favourites, then tap ‘Done’.

To favourite a Journey from Journey Planner

Once you’ve planned a journey, you’ll see a star icon on the top right of the screen. Tap this icon and the journey (departure and destination) will appear on your Home screen.

Setting a favourite planned journey

Setting a favourite planned journey

Android app screenshot showing a saved favourite stop

Saving a favourite stop in Next 5

 

Editing your favourites

To access your favourites, open the menu, and tap the Home item.

If you wish to change the order or delete any favourites, tap the ‘Edit’ button at the top right of the screen.

You can delete a favourite by tapping ‘-‘ symbol on the left side of the screen and confirming the deletion.

You can also drag the favourite to a new position in the favourites list by pressing down on the list icon on the right side and dragging it up or down.

Tap 'Done' once you have finished editing your favourites.

Removing a favourite

Removing a favourite

Reordering favourites

Reordering favourites


Service disruption information

You can see live and upcoming disruptions by opening the menu and tapping the Disruptions item.

If a planned journey is affected by a disruption, an orange banner will appear across the top of the screen, along with an exclamation mark in an orange bubble within the journey.

Tap this orange section to display more detailed information about the disruption, as it may affect your journey.

Disruptions page

Disruptions page

Disruptions on a planned journey

Disruptions on a planned journey


Viewing Station Facilities

You can check the facilities available at Metro and V/Line stations by opening the menu, tapping the map item, and choosing a Metro or V/Line station.

The station name will appear down the bottom of the screen with a grey arrow at the top of the panel.

Drag the panel up to display detailed information about the facilities at the selected station, and drag down from the top to go back to the map.

Facilities include:

  • CCTV
  • Toilet
  • Taxi rank
  • Escalator
  • Hearing loop
  • Lift
  • Lighting
  • Phone
  • Stairs
  • Tactile tiles.
Pull up for station facilities information

Pull up to display station facilities

Android app screenshot showing Station facilities information

Station facilities information

 

Following your journey

While you are taking your journey, you can follow your progress on the map. This is particularly useful if you are taking a new journey as it will help you know where to alight.

Please note, you will need to have Location Services enabled on your phone for this to have optimal accuracy.

When using the Journey Planner, you can also tap the Map icon which will display a map route for your journey.

Map icon on planned journey screen

Map icon on planned journey

Journey map view

Journey map view


Transport maps

To view transport mode network maps, open the menu, and tap the Transport Maps item.  

Currently you can view:

  • Metropolitan and regional train network
  • Weekend Night Train network
  • Tram network
  • Weekend Night Tram network
  • Weekend Night Bus network
  • Night Network city stops
  • Regional Train and Coach network
  • Weekend Night Coach.

Click on an item to download the mode map.

Network map options

Network map options

Android app screenshot showing the train network map

Victorian train network map


Providing feedback

We encourage you to provide us with feedback so we can continue to improve the app.

Open the menu and tap Contact Us, and the Feedback item.

You will be presented with various feedback categories.

Contact us page

Contact us page

Android app screenshot showing the Feedback screen

App feedback


Timetable and departure information

All arrival and departure information provided in a time format (eg. 6:45am) for metropolitan trains, metropolitan bus, regional V/Line trains, regional V/Line coaches and regional buses is scheduled timetable information.

Metropolitan train, tram and bus information shown in minutes (eg. 10 mins) is real-time information.

Arrival time shown in time and minutes

Arrival times shown in time and minutes

Android app screenshot showing Next 5 tram departures

Arrival times shown in real time

 

Turning GPS (location services) on / off

In order to ensure your ‘Current location’ is always accurate, you will need to ensure that your GPS settings are turned on.

To do this, you will need to go out of the app and into your Settings > Location

Make sure that your phone location is set to 'On'.

The PTV app uses GPS information to find your location, so if there are any inaccuracies with your precise location this is due to the GPS data, not the app.

Android settings

Android settings screen

Android location screen

Android location screen


Icon legend
IconIcon name
home icon

Home

journey planner icon Journey Planner
next 5 icon Next 5
map icon Map
set reminder Reminder
disruption icon Disruption
transport maps icon Transport Maps
transport maps icon Feedback
settings icon Settings
help icon Help
refresh icon Refresh/Reset
refresh icon Favourite journey/stop/station can be selected
Favourite journey/stop/station
current location icon Current location
information icon Journey information
list icon List
reverse journey icon Reverse the journey
metropolitan train icon Indicates a metropolitan train station
metropolitan tram icon Indicates a metropolitan tram station
regional train icon Indicates a regional train or coach station
bus map icon Indicates a metropolitan, SkyBus bus and Night Bus stop in Map and Plan Journey results
skybus icon Indicates a SkyBus stop (only specified in Plan Journey Preferences setting)
myki outlet icon Indicates a myki ticket outlet
grouped pin icon Indicates a grouped pin, meaning there are a number of services at this location.
walking icon Walk (indicates this section of the journey is on foot)
bike icon Cycle (indicates this section of the journey is on a bicycle)
car icon Drive (indicates this section of the journey is by car)
taxi icon Taxi (indicates a section of the journey that is not accessible by public transport)
journey start point Your starting point for your journey on a map
journey end point Your end point for your journey on a map
twitter icon Operator disruption information can be viewed in Twitter

Explanation of menu options
IconIcon description
home menu icon

Home
View and nearby stops, as well as your favourite stations, stops and journeys.

plan journey menu icon

Plan your journey
Plan your journey from A to B.

next 5 menu icon

Next 5
View the next five departures from a chosen stop/station/address.

map menu icon

Map
View where you are on a map or search for a specific stop/station/address.

transport maps menu icon

Transport Maps
View transport maps for all modes of transport except daytime buses.

reminders menu icon

Reminders
View reminders which are currently pending within the app.

all night transport menu icon

All Night Transport
Contains information about Night Network public transport.

help menu icon

Contact Us
Contains call centre contact information and feedback options.

disruptions menu icon

Disruptions
View planned or current disruptions for all modes of transport.

settings menu icon

Settings
Preferences for 'Nearby Transport' and app survey participation.

whats new menu icon

What's New
View information about the latest version of the app.

help menu icon

Help
Guidance on using the PTV app.

Help Contents

Planning a Journey

To plan a journey, open the menu and tap on the Plan Journey item.

Plan Journey menu item

In the Plan Journey screen, select your departure location (by default, this is your current location) and your destination.

You can also edit your departure time from this screen. The default departure time is 'now'.

Setting a planned journey

The journey planner will return a list of journeys to your destination, along with departure / arrival times and icons showing the modes of travel used.

Planned journey results page

Tap on a journey and you'll be presented with more detailed information on where to go.

Detailed view of planned journey

You can also set a reminder for your journey so you know when to depart.

Searching for a Stop, Station or Address

To search for a location, open the menu and tap on the search field at the top of the screen.

app menu with arrow pointing to search field

As characters are entered into the search field, stop and location search results will appear below.

app search box with results

Select a result and you'll be presented with a list of the next services to depart from that stop or location.

Android app screenshot showing stop departures

Next 5

Open the menu and select the Next 5 item.

next 5 menu item

You'll be presented with the Next 5 screen, with a search bar at the top.

Next 5 page of app

Enter the address, station, stop or route that you'd like to depart from in the search field, and select a match from the list of results that will appear. 

Next 5 search box with results

If you search for a stop, the app will return a list of the closest matches based on your stop search.

If you search for a route, the app will return a list of stops on that route. Select the stop that you'd like to depart from.

If you search for a station, the app will return a list of services running from that station. Select the service that you'd like to use and the app will display a list of upcoming departures for the selected station.

Once you've found the desired stop, tap the Next 5 icon to display the next five departures.

Real time information is shown in minutes, timetable information is shown as a clock.

Two stops with next 5 logos next to them

Favourites

There are a few ways to save a stop, station or journey so they appear on your Home screen as favourites.

Home page of app with favourites showing

To favourite a Stop from Next 5

Search for and select a stop from the Next5 screen. Once selected, you’ll see a star icon near the top right of the screen. Tap this icon, and stars will appear next to each service. Select the services that you’d like to add to favourites, then tap ‘Done’.

favouriting from next 5 using stars

To favourite a Journey from Journey Planner

Once you’ve planned a journey, you’ll see a star icon on the top right of the screen. Tap this icon and the planned journey from departure to destination will appear on your Home screen.

Adding a planned journey to favourites

Reminders

When planning a journey, you can set a reminder so that you don't miss your service.

Journey Planner search results each have a ‘Set Reminder’ link below them.

setting a reminder

Tap this link and set the time in minutes prior to the journey commencing that you’d like to be reminded.

set reminder screen

Even if you lock your screen or exit the app, you will receive a push reminder to your phone to let you know it’s time to go.

reminder IOS push notification example

reminder Android push notification

Disruptions

You can see live and upcoming disruptions by opening the menu and tapping the Disruptions item.

Disruptions menu item

Disruptions will also appear on Journey Planner and Next 5 results. If a journey is affected by a disruption, you'll see an orange exclamation mark next to the icon of the affected mode. 

bus journey with orange disruption icon

Within a journey, you'll also see an orange banner across the top of the screen. Tap this banner to display more detailed information about the disruption.

Bus journey with expanded disruption information

Preferences

You can adjust your journey preferences by tapping the Preferences button on the top right of the Plan Journey screen.

Preferences button

Within this screen you can set preferences for the following:

  • Transport type
  • Transfer mode
  • Maximum transfer time
  • Walking speed
  • Trip preferences
  • Accessibility preferences
You can also elect to save these as your default preferences.
Preferences page