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Public transport for the Australian Open 2023

16 Jan 2023

We're helping you get to the Australian Open this year, with free travel for ticket holders on Route 70 and Route 70a shuttle trams between stop D6-Flinders Street West and stop 7C-MCG Gates 4-7/John Cain Arena.

The Australian Open is held at Melbourne Park just south-east of the CBD, from Monday 16 January to Sunday 29 January 2023.

Before you travel

Passengers are advised to plan their trip and allow extra travel time with works planned across the public transport network over the duration of the Australian Open. Find out whether this affects your travel to the Australian Open.

The latest public transport information and network status is available on our disruptions page and in our mobile app.

Buses replace trains on several metropolitan and regional lines during the Australian Open. Passengers are advised to plan their trip and allow extra travel time over the duration of the Australian Open. Find out if your journey is affected.

Free travel for ticket holders

Australian Open ticket holders can travel for free travel on Route 70 and Route 70a trams between stop D6-Flinders Street West and stop 7C-MCG Gates 4-7/John Cain Arena during the tournament. Make sure you have your Australian Open ticket with you when you travel.

If you are also catching a train, tram (except for journeys within the Free Tram Zone (PDF) 491KB), bus or regional service to or from the tournament, you’ll need to have a valid myki for your journey. For more information, see myki.

Entry to the Australian Open

For an easy entry to the tournament, make sure you have your digital tickets ready to go.

For more information on planning your day at the tournament, visit the Australian Open website.

Public transport and walking options to Melbourne Park

There are several public transport and walking options to get you to and from Melbourne Park. 

  • Catch a free shuttle tram on Route 70 and Route 70a between stop D6-Flinders Street West and stop 7C-MCG Gates 4-7/John Cain Arena to Melbourne Park. (Please note there is no access to the Australian Open precinct via the John Cain entrance)  
  • Catch a train to Flinders Street Station and walk 15 to 20 minutes via Birrarung Marr or connect with Route 70 or 70a trams.
  • Catch a train to Richmond Station and walk 5 minutes or connect with Route 70 trams.
  • Catch a train to Jolimont Station and walk 10 to 15 minutes.

Melbourne Park entrances

For specific entrances to Melbourne Park, passengers may wish to consider the following options:

  • City Entrance: Catch the free Route 70a shuttle tram, Route 70 tram (Stop 7A) or walk from Flinders Street or Jolimont stations.
  • Garden Square Entrance: Catch the free Route 70a shuttle tram, Route 70 tram (Stop 7B).
  • Grand Slam Oval Entrance: Catch the Route 70a shuttle tram, Route 70 tram (Stop 7C) or walk from Richmond Station.
  • Richmond Entrance: Catch Route 70 tram (Stop 7D) or walk from Richmond Station.

Please note: There is no access to the Australian Open via the John Cain Arena entrance (Stop 7C MCG Gates 4 – 7).

Trams and walking map of Melbourne CBD and Australian Open precinct

Download a larger version of the public transport and walking distances map or use Journey planner to help find your best option.

Public transport services throughout the tournament

Day sessions start at 10am and night sessions start at 5pm or 6pm most days of the tournament. Start times differ at the end of Week Two on Friday 27 January, Saturday 28 January and Sunday 29 January. Visit the Australian Open website for information on session start times.

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 several metropolitan and regional lines during the Australian Open. Passengers are advised to plan their trip and allow extra travel time over the duration of the Australian Open. Find out if your journey is affected.

Plan your journey using Journey planner.

Tram icon Metropolitan tram

Route 70a - Shuttles run between Flinders St West and Melbourne Park. Shuttles will be a mix of low floor accessible trams and high floor trams. All other tram classes will operate between the event precinct and Flinders Street Station / Elizabeth Street.   

Route 70 trams operate as normal, with additional shuttle trams between Stop 7D Olympic Blvd and Stop D6 Flinders St West from 8am to last tram.   

Trams will continue running to and from the city until one hour after end of play each night.  

Service changes

From first to last tram daily:

  • Route 12 trams divert via La Trobe and Spencer Streets between Stop 12 St Vincent’s Plaza and Stop 124 Batman Park.
  • Route 30 trams will not run.
  • City Circle will run clockwise only until 12pm each day. Full service resumes from 12pm.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

Bus icon Metropolitan bus

Getting to and from the tournament:

  • Passengers can catch Route 246 which travels close to Melbourne Park.

Plan your journey using Journey Planner.

NightNetwork icon Night Network, all night transport on weekends

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

  • Trains: Hourly services in and out of the city on all metro train lines (except Showgrounds and Stony Point lines)
  • Trams: 30 minute service on tram routes 19, 67, 75, 86, 96 and 109
  • Buses: 21 popular bus routes run a 24-hour weekend service 13 special routes run after midnight
  • Coaches: Services between 1am and 2am to Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Seymour and Traralgon

Plan your journey using Journey planner.

For more information, see Night Network.

Accessible public transport

Low floor trams will provide a shuttle service between Flinders Street West and John Cain Arena during the Australian Open.

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

  • Monday 16 January to Sunday 29 January from 8am to last tram
  • Friday 27 January to Sunday 29 January from 11.00am to 1:15am

Accessible platform stops are located at the following locations:

  • Stop 1 Spencer Street/Flinders Street
  • Stop 2 Melbourne Aquarium/Flinders Street
  • Stop 3 Market Street/Flinders Street
  • Stop 4 Flinders Street Station/Elizabeth Street
  • Stop 5 Flinders Street Station/Swanston Street
  • Stop 6 Russell Street/Flinders Street
  • Stop 7A William Barak Bridge
  • Stop 7B Rod Laver Arena/MCG Gates 1-3
  • Stop 7C MCG Gates 4-7/John Cain Arena
  • Stop 122 Southern Cross Station, Collins Street
  • Stop D6 Flinders Street West

Trained Traveller’s Aid volunteers and Yarra Trams employees will be on hand at key transport and sporting hubs, such as Flinders Street Station, John Cain Arena, and Rod Laver Arena, to assist people of all abilities to get to and from the precinct via the Route 70a tram shuttles.  

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 app 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 another 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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