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Public transport for the Australian Open tennis

03 Feb 2020

We're helping you get to the Australian Open with additional public transport services and free travel on Route 70 and 70A trams for Australian Open ticket-holders.

The Australian Open is held at Melbourne Park, just south-east of the CBD from Monday 20 January to Sunday 2 February 2020.

There are a range of transport options to get fans to and from the tournament every day and public transport runs all night on Friday and Saturday nights.

Download the Australian Open 2020 travel brochure. (PDF) 1.7 MB

Public transport options throughout the tournament 

NightNetwork icon Night Network, all night transport on weekends 

On Friday and Saturday nights, public transport will run all night:

  • Night Train: Hourly services in and out of the city on all metro train lines (except Showgrounds and Stony Point lines)
  • Night Tram: 30 minute service on tram routes 19, 67, 75, 86, 96 and 109
  • Night Bus: 21 routes linking with trains from the city
  • Night Coach: 1am and 2am services to Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Seymour and Traralgon

For more information, see Night Network.

Monday 20 January to Saturday 25 January and Monday 27 January

  • Day session commences at 11am (gates open 10am): Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne Arena and outside courts
  • Night session commences at 7pm (gates open 5pm): Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena
  • Free travel only applies on Route 70 and Route 70A trams and in the Free Tram Zone. If you are catching another tram, train or bus to or from the tournament you will need to have a valid myki for your journey. For more information, see myki.

Metropolitan train icon Metropolitan train

Passengers can catch trains to Flinders Street Station, Parliament Station, Jolimont Station and Richmond Station and then walk to Melbourne Park.

Buses replace trains on Cranbourne, Pakenham and Frankston lines between Flinders Street and Caulfield all day.*

From 8.15pm there will be bus replacement services on the Sandringham line between Parliament and Elsternwick stations (from 20 January until 23 January).

*Cranbourne, Pakenham and Frankston passengers: 

Express buses will operate between Caulfield and Federation Square and stopping all station buses will depart from Spring Street – close to both the sport and entertainment precincts.

Additional services will also be available between Caulfield and Richmond at various times.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

NightTrain icon Night Train

On Friday and Saturday nights, metropolitan trains run every 60 minutes all night, on all lines, except Stony Point and Flemington Racecourse lines.

Buses replace trains on Cranbourne, Pakenham and Frankston lines between Flinders Street and Caulfield all day.

From 8.15pm there will be bus replacement services on the Sandringham line between Parliament and Elsternwick stations (from 20 January until 23 January).

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Tram icon Metropolitan tram

8am to 1.15am: Additional trams will operate as Route 70A travelling to and from Hisense Arena (Melbourne Arena: Stop 7C)

Extra trams will operate as a shuttle service along Flinders Street in addition to scheduled Route 70 services. Trams will continue running to and from the city until one hour after the conclusion of the centre court match each night of the tournament.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

NightTram icon Night Tram

On Friday and Saturday nights, tram routes 19, 67, 75, 86, 96 and 109 will run all night, every 30 minutes.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Please note that free travel does not apply to the Night Tram service, except for journeys within the Free Tram Zone.

Bus icon Metropolitan bus

Getting to and from the tournament:

Passengers can catch the following bus route which travel close to Melbourne Park.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

NightBus icon Night Bus

On Friday and Saturday nights, 21 bus routes linking with trains from the city will run all night, every 30 to 60 minutes.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Regional train icon Regional train

Passengers can connect to free shuttle tram services from Flinders Street at Southern Cross or Flinders Street stations.

Coaches replace trains on the Gippsland line from Thursday 2 January to Thursday 30 January between Southern Cross and Bairnsdale the entire journey.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Sunday 26 January 2020

  • Day session commences at 11am (gates open 10am): Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne Arena and outside courts
  • Night session commences at 7pm (gates open 5pm): Rod Laver Arena
  • Free travel only applies on Route 70 and Route 70A trams and in the Free Tram Zone. If you are catching another tram, train or bus to or from the tournament you will need to have a valid myki for your journey. For more information, see myki.

Metropolitan train icon Metropolitan train

Passengers can catch trains to Flinders Street Station, Parliament Station, Jolimont Station and Richmond Station and then walk to Melbourne Park.

Buses replace trains on Cranbourne, Pakenham and Frankston lines between Flinders Street and Caulfield all day.*

*Cranbourne, Pakenham and Frankston passengers: 

Express buses will operate between Caulfield and Federation Square and stopping all station buses will depart from Spring Street – close to both the sport and entertainment precincts.

Additional services will also be available between Caulfield and Richmond at various times.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Tram icon Metropolitan tram

8am to 1.15am: Additional trams will operate as Route 70A travelling to and from Hisense Arena (Melbourne Arena: Stop 7C)

Extra trams will operate as a shuttle service along Flinders Street in addition to scheduled Route 70 services. Trams will continue running to and from the city until one hour after the conclusion of the centre court match each night of the tournament.

Please note: due to the Australia Day parade and closure of Swanston Street, Route 70 and 70A trams will run only between Flinders Street/Russell Street and Melbourne Arena from 10.30am until 1.30pm.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Bus icon Metropolitan bus

Getting to and from the tournament:

Passengers can catch the following bus route which travel close to Melbourne Park.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Regional train icon Regional train

Passengers can connect to free shuttle tram services from Flinders Street at Southern Cross or Flinders Street stations.

Coaches replace trains on the Gippsland line from Thursday 2 January to Thursday 30 January between Southern Cross and Bairnsdale the entire journey.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Tuesday 28 January to Thursday 30 January 2020

  • Day session commences at 11am (gates open 10am): Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne Arena and outside courts
  • Night session commences at 7pm (gates open 5pm): Rod Laver Arena
  • Free travel only applies on Route 70 and Route 70A trams and in the Free Tram Zone. If you are catching another tram, train or bus to or from the tournament you will need to have a valid myki for your journey. For more information, see myki.

Metropolitan train icon Metropolitan train

Passengers can catch trains to Flinders Street Station, Parliament Station, Jolimont Station and Richmond Station and then walk to Melbourne Park.

Buses replace trains on Cranbourne, Pakenham and Frankston lines between Flinders Street and Caulfield all day.

From 8.15pm there will be bus replacement services on the Sandringham line between Parliament and Elsternwick stations (from 27 January until 30 January).

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Tram icon Metropolitan tram

Tuesday 28 January and Thursday 30 January

Due to protected industrial action, no trams will run between 10am and 2pm on Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 January.

For passengers travelling to the Australian Open, an express shuttle bus will run every 10 minutes from Russell St, Federation Square to Stop 7A William Barak Bridge.

Signage and customer service staff will be available to assist customers, including walking up to 350m or 4 mins, from Stop 7A William Barak Bridge to Garden Square, Rod Laver Arena entrance.

Delays are expected, so passengers are advised to plan ahead, consider alternative travel options and check our website for regular updates.

Passengers are advised to plan ahead and check our website for updates and alternative travel options. 

For more information on replacement tram services, see Industrial action affecting metropolitan trams on Tuesday 28 January and Thursday 30 January 2020.

8:45am to 10am and 2pm to 1:15am: Additional trams will operate as Route 70A travelling to and from Hisense Arena (Melbourne Arena: Stop 7C)

Extra trams will operate as a shuttle service along Flinders Street in addition to scheduled Route 70 services. Trams will continue running to and from the city until one hour after the conclusion of the centre court match each night of the tournament.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Bus icon Metropolitan bus

Getting to and from the tournament:

Passengers can catch the following bus route which travel close to Melbourne Park.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Regional train icon Regional train

Passengers can connect to free shuttle tram services from Flinders Street at Southern Cross or Flinders Street stations.

Coaches replace trains on the Gippsland line from Thursday 2 January to Thursday 30 January between Southern Cross and Bairnsdale the entire journey.

Wednesday 29 January

Due to protected industrial action, no trains will run on the Geelong and Warrnambool lines on Wednesday 29 January.

Coaches will replace trains; however, some delays can be expected. Please allow extra time for your journey.

Passengers are advised to plan ahead and check our website for updates and alternative travel options. For more informatin, see Industrial action affecting Geelong and Warrnambool trains on Wednesday 29 January

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Friday 31 January 2020

  • Day session commences at 11am (gates open 10am): Outside courts
  • Twilight session commences at 2.00pm (gates open 1.00pm): Rod Laver Arena
  • Free travel only applies on Route 70 and Route 70A trams and in the Free Tram Zone. If you are catching another tram, train or bus to or from the tournament you will need to have a valid myki for your journey. For more information, see myki.

Metropolitan train icon Metropolitan train

Passengers can catch trains to Flinders Street Station, Parliament Station, Jolimont Station and Richmond Station and then walk to Melbourne Park.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

NightTrain icon Night Train

On Friday and Saturday nights, metropolitan trains run every 60 minutes all night, on all lines, except Stony Point and Flemington Racecourse lines.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Tram icon Metropolitan tram

1pm to 1.15am: Additional trams will operate as Route 70A travelling to and from Hisense Arena (Melbourne Arena: Stop 7C)

Extra trams will operate as a shuttle service along Flinders Street in addition to scheduled Route 70 services. Trams will continue running to and from the city until one hour after the conclusion of the centre court match each night of the tournament.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

NightTram icon Night Tram

On Friday and Saturday nights, tram routes 19, 67, 75, 86, 96 and 109 will run all night, every 30 minutes.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Bus icon Metropolitan bus

Getting to and from the tournament:

Passengers can catch the following bus route which travel close to Melbourne Park.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

NightBus icon Night Bus

On Friday and Saturday nights, 21 bus routes linking with trains from the city will run all night, every 30 to 60 minutes.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Regional train icon Regional train

Passengers can connect to free shuttle tram services from Flinders Street at Southern Cross or Flinders Street stations.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Saturday 1 February 2020

  • Twilight session commences at 1pm (gates open 12pm): Rod Laver Arena and outside courts
  • Free travel only applies on Route 70 and Route 70A trams and in the Free Tram Zone. If you are catching another tram, train or bus to or from the tournament you will need to have a valid myki for your journey. For more information, see myki.

Metropolitan train icon Metropolitan train

Passengers can catch trains to Flinders Street Station, Parliament Station, Jolimont Station and Richmond Station and then walk to Melbourne Park.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

NightTrain icon Night Train

On Friday and Saturday nights, metropolitan trains run every 60 minutes all night, on all lines, except Stony Point and Flemington Racecourse lines.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Tram icon Metropolitan tram

11am to 1.15am: Additional trams will operate as Route 70A travelling to and from Hisense Arena (Melbourne Arena: Stop 7C)

Extra trams will operate as a shuttle service along Flinders Street in addition to scheduled Route 70 services. Trams will continue running to and from the city until one hour after the conclusion of the centre court match each night of the tournament.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

NightTram icon Night Tram

On Friday and Saturday nights, tram routes 19, 67, 75, 86, 96 and 109 will run all night, every 30 minutes.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Bus icon Metropolitan bus

Getting to and from the tournament:

Passengers can catch the following bus route which travel close to Melbourne Park.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

NightBus icon Night Bus

On Friday and Saturday nights, 21 bus routes linking with trains from the city will run all night, every 30 to 60 minutes.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Regional train icon Regional train

Passengers can connect to free shuttle tram services from Flinders Street at Southern Cross or Flinders Street stations.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Sunday 2 February 2020

  • Twilight session commences at 5pm (gates open 2pm): Rod Laver Arena and outside courts
  • Free travel only applies on Route 70 and Route 70A trams and in the Free Tram Zone. If you are catching another tram, train or bus to or from the tournament you will need to have a valid myki for your journey. For more information, see myki.

Metropolitan train icon Metropolitan train

Passengers can catch trains to Flinders Street Station, Parliament Station, Jolimont Station and Richmond Station and then walk to Melbourne Park.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Tram icon Metropolitan tram

1pm to 1.45am: Additional trams will operate as Route 70A travelling to and from Hisense Arena (Melbourne Arena: Stop 7C)

Extra trams will operate as a shuttle service along Flinders Street in addition to scheduled Route 70 services. Trams will continue running to and from the city until one hour after the conclusion of the centre court match each night of the tournament.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Bus icon Metropolitan bus

Getting to and from the tournament:

Passengers can catch the following bus route which travel close to Melbourne Park.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Regional train icon Regional train

Passengers can connect to free shuttle tram services from Flinders Street at Southern Cross or Flinders Street stations.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Shuttle tram and walking distances map

Passengers may also consider walking to the tennis precinct from Flinders Street Station or Richmond Station.

  • From Flinders Street Station via Federation Square and Birrarung Marr to Melbourne Park: 15 minutes
  • From Flinders Street Station via Federation Square and Birrarung Marr to Melbourne Arena: 20 minutes
  • From Richmond Station to Melbourne Arena: 5 minutes

Download the shuttle tram and walking distances map (PDF) 348 KB

All information in the map can be found in the article above.

Australian Open city map

Australian Open shuttle tram and walking distances map

Accessible public transport 

Five low floor trams will provide a shuttle service between Flinders Street West and Hisense Arena (Melbourne Arena) during week one of the Australian Open.

Four low floor trams will provide a shuttle service between Flinders Street West and Hisense Arena (Melbourne Arena) during week two of the Australian Open.

The service will operate approximately every 10 minutes during the following hours:

  • Monday 20 January to Saturday 25 January and Monday 27 January from 8.45am to 1.15am
  • Sunday 26 January from 11am to 1.15am
  • Tuesday 28 January to Thursday 30 January from 9.15am to 1.15am
  • Friday 31 January from 2pm to 1:15am
  • Saturday 1 February from 2pm to 1.15am
  • Sunday 2 February from 2pm am to 1.30am

Accessible platform stops are located at the following locations:

  • Stop 1 in Flinders Street at Spencer Street
  • Stop 2 in Flinders Street at King Street
  • Stop 3 in Flinders Street at Market Street
  • Stop 4 in Flinders Street at Elizabeth Street
  • Stop 5 in Flinders Street at Swanston Street
  • Stop 6 in Flinders Street at Russell Street
  • Stop 7A William Barak Bridge
  • Stop 7B Rod Laver Arena
  • Stop 7C Hisense Arena (Melbourne Arena)
  • Stop 122 Southern Cross Station, Collins St
  • Stop D6 Flinders Street West

For more information on accessible public transport across the network and assistance, see Accessible transport or call 1800 800 007.

Additional information

  • Please check the Disruptions page for notification of any service changes that may affect your journey to and from the event.
  • Plan your journey using Journey Planner.
  • Download the free PTV mobile apps for Android and iOS and access public transport information on the go.
  • Passengers requiring accessibility information and assistance, see Accessible transport.
  • Passengers are advised to top up prior to travelling or to set auto top up so that you never need to top up again. For more information, see auto top up your myki.
  • Mobile myki is a new way to travel with myki. It’s a digital myki on your Android phone on the Google PayTM app.
  • For information on ticketing for children and concessions, see Children and Concessions.
  • Passengers needing further information or special assistance, please call 1800 800 007 prior to travelling.

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