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.


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, concession, senior or child myki Visitor Value Pack from the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, SkyBus terminals at Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station and from the PTV Hubs.

myki Visitor Value Pack can also be purchased from the concierge desk at many hotels and accommodation providers. Ask at your hotel for the myki Visitor Value Pack.

The myki Visitor Value Pack includes:

  • a full fare, concession, child or seniors myki card, pre-loaded with enough value (myki money) for one day’s travel in Zones 1 and 2
  • discount offers at 15 Melbourne and regional attractions including Melbourne Aquarium, the National Sports Museum, Eureka Skydeck and Puffing Billy, saving visitors more than $100
  • a protective souvenir myki wallet.

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
  • over to 800 retail outlets, including all 7-Eleven stores, where you see the myki sign
  • the PTV Hubs at Southern Cross Station or 750 Collins Street, Docklands.

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, see myki Visitor Value Pack.


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 between 5am and midnight, Monday to Thursday.

On Friday and Saturday nights, public transport runs all night for train, tram and bus. There is also a 2am coach service to regional centres. For more information, see Night Network.

On Sunday, trains and trams run from 7am to 11pm.

Many of Melbourne’s bus routes run from 6am – 9pm Mon – Fri, 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. See 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.

On Friday and Saturday nights 2am coach services depart Melbourne for Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong 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.

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 bus, tram and disruptions.

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

Free city services   

From 1 January 2015, a Free Tram Zone was introduced to Melbourne CBD. The new Free Tram Zone includes the area from the iconic Queen Victoria Market, across to Victoria Harbour in Docklands, up to Spring Street and over to Flinders Street Station and Federation Square.

Travel on trams within this zone is free, and you don’t need a myki, however, if your journey starts or finishes outside the boundaries of the Free Tram Zone, you must touch on your myki at the reader in the normal way to make sure you have a valid ticket.

The Free Tram Zone signs at tram stops will identify the boundaries of the zone.

For more information, see More affordable public transport from 1 January 2015.

The City Circle Tram 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 - 9pm Thursday to Saturday, and 10am - 6pm Sunday to Wednesday.

For timetable and route information, see City Circle tram

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

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 from 6am to 11pm and every 15 to 30 minutes at other times. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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 see Airport buses.

Information in other languages 

You can get public transport information in languages other than English by calling the translated phone lines. For more information, see Information in other languages.

Things to see and do in Melbourne 

See 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.