Visiting Melbourne

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 myki Explorer pack. The myki Explorer pack combines a ready to use myki card, visitor information and special offers all in one. It’s a great option for visitors who choose to explore Melbourne and regional Victoria by public transport!

Always remember to touch on and off your myki as you enter the paid area of a train station or board a tram (except if travelling exclusively within the Free Tram Zone) or bus.

For more information, including travel in regional Victoria see Tickets.

Zones 

Public Transport in metropolitan Melbourne covers two zones, Zone 1 and Zone 2 (Zone 1+2), and includes a zone boundary overlap.

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

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.

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.

For more information, including regional areas see Zones.

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

Train and tram services run from early morning to late at night, Monday to Sunday.

On Friday and Saturday nights, Night Network runs all night metropolitan trains, trams, late night buses and a 2am coach service to key regional centres.

Many of Melbourne’s bus routes run from 6am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 9pm Saturday and 9am to 9pm Sunday.

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Regional services 

V/Line provides convenient, comfortable and reliable train and coach services to a wide range of destinations across regional 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.

See Ticketing for travel in regional Victoria for details on which ticket type could best suit you.

On Friday and Saturday nights 2am coach services depart Melbourne for Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Seymour and Traralgon. For more information, see Night Coach.

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 bring it with you on your journey.

You can also download the free PTV mobile app for iOS and Android and get journey planning information on the go.

For more information, see mobile apps information below.

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 Hub centrally located at Southern Cross Station. 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.

Open Monday to Friday 7am - 7pm, and Saturday and Sunday 9am - 6pm.

For more information, see PTV Hubs.

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Free mobile apps 

To access public transport information on the go, download the free PTV app for Android and iOS!

The PTV mobile apps allow you to view service times, use the journey planner, set your favourite stops and find myki top up locations throughout Victoria. The apps now include real time information for metropolitan trains, trams and bus.

For more information on the apps including download links and user guides, see Mobile apps.

Free city services  

The Free Tram Zone in Melbourne's CBD makes it easier for commuters and tourists to move around the city.

The principal boundaries of the Free Tram Zone are Spring Street, Flinders Street and La Trobe Street. Additionally, the tram routes along Victoria Street, William Street and Elizabeth Street that surround Victoria Market are also included as well as the Docklands area.

If your tram journey is only within the zone, travel is free, so you do not need to touch on with a myki.

The City Circle Tram (Route 35) travels the perimeter of the CBD, taking in many of Melbourne’s landmarks every day of the year except Christmas Day and Good Friday. 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 to 9pm Thursday to Saturday, and 10am to 6pm Sunday to Wednesday.

For timetable and route information, see City Circle tram.

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Melbourne Visitor Shuttle 

The bus shuttle stops at 13 key city locations. It runs every 30 minutes, seven days a week between 9.30am and 4.30pm (with some exceptions see website for details). The full trip takes approximately 90 minutes and includes on-board commentary.

Tickets cost $10 and are valid for up to two days, while children aged under 10 travel free.

For more information, please visit thatsmelbourne.com.au/shuttle.

Getting to and from the airport 

You can catch a bus to and from Melbourne and Avalon Airports from many locations across Melbourne and Victoria.

SkyBus runs an express service between Melbourne Airport and Melbourne's city centre, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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

For more information, see Airport buses.

Information in other languages 

You can get public transport information in languages other than English by calling the translated phone lines or download information from Languages.

Things to see and do in Melbourne 

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

Interstate travel 

Customers travelling to or from Melbourne from other states in Australia using public transport can get more detailed information about reservations, travel modes and destinations. See Interstate travel.

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