Try Before You Ride

The Try Before You Ride program helps people become more familiar with public transport. You can ask questions about travelling on public transport, and practise getting on and off an accessible train, tram, bus or coach in a static situation.

The program helps people of all abilities feel more confident when using the public transport system. This includes people with a disability, parents with children and seniors.

Try Before You Ride 2015

Who can attend

Anyone can attend Try Before You Ride. To register your interest call 1800 800 007 or email our Inclusive Public Transport Unit. You’ll need to provide your name and contact details.

What happens on the day

Annual event

Once a year, different public transport operators come together for a Try Before You Ride event. You can practise getting on and off trains, low floor trams and buses, coaches and accessible taxis. You can also explore the inside of vehicles so you can become familiar with them.

Drivers, Authorised Officers and customer service staff can answer questions.

This year Try Before You Ride will be held on 10 October 2018 at Box Hill Interchange.

The organisations involved include:

  • Metro Trains
  • Yarra Trams
  • Bus Association of Victoria
  • Transdev Melbourne (buses)
  • V/Line (regional coaches)
  • Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria
  • Travellers Aid.

Other events

There are also events that focus on one type of public transport.

Metropolitan train

Metro Trains teaches and promotes safe train travel to schools and community groups. For more information or to book a visit, contact 1800 800 007 or email the Metro Trains Community Education Unit.

Metropolitan tram

Yarra Trams can help people become more familiar with trams. Find more information on the Yarra Trams website.

Metropolitan and regional town buses

The Bus Association of Victoria organises events in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. For more information, email Bus Association of Victoria.

Transdev Melbourne runs community training to help people feel more confident about travelling on buses. Find more information on the Transdev Melbourne website

Regional train and coach

V/Line hosts several events across regional Victoria, helping people become familiar with regional trains and coaches. Find more information on the V/Line website.

Getting help before you travel

You can contact any time if you:

  • want to practise on a stationary train, tram, bus or coach
  • have any questions about using public transport.

Call 1800 800 007 between 6am and midnight daily (all night Friday and Saturday).