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Public transport during the 2023 / 2024 cruise ship season

23 Oct 2023

We extend a warm welcome to all cruise ship passengers arriving at Station Pier in Port Melbourne.

Public transport is the perfect way for you to get around the city and take in the sights before you travel back to the ship and set sail on the next chapter of your journey.

PTV has made it easy to use public transport during your stay. Simply purchase a myki card and load money onto your myki and enjoy travel on public transport. You can purchase the myki card at Station Pier from the PTV ticket booth. A new myki card and daily fare cost a combined $17 for travel in Zone 1 & 2 and $9 for Concession card holders.

To travel into Melbourne, catch the Bus 109 from Station Pier. This bus will take you directly into Stop 115 Casino and Southbank on Queens Bridge Street.

The first cruise ship will arrive in Port Melbourne on 6 November 2023, with ships to arrive every few days until 8 June 2024.

During cruise ship season, local passengers in the Port Melbourne area who catch Route 109 trams are encouraged to allow extra travel time as trams to the city are likely to be busy.

Tram Route 109 leaves from stop 129 – Beacon Cove/Light Rail at the end of Station Pier. It travels through Port Melbourne and along Collins Street, in the heart of the city.

Travelling to the city from Station Pier on public transport (PDF)

 

Cruise ship passengers

Your ship will arrive at Station Pier in Port Melbourne, four kilometres from Melbourne city. To travel into the city, you can take Bus 109 to Stop 115 Casino/Queens Bridge Street, Southbank.

From here you can walk or continue your journey via tram into the city.

The bus shuttle and trams cost a normal public transport fare and you must travel with a myki which you can buy at the PTV ticket booth inside the Cruise Terminal.

Travelling to the city

You can catch either take the Bus 109 or a tram from Port Melbourne into the city, however the bus is the only service that runs directly from Station Pier into the city.

The Bus 109 runs direct from the Cruise Terminal on Station Pier to the city, stopping on Queens Bridge Street. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes and requires a myki.

Bus frequency:

Morning (8am – noon): every five to seven minutes
Lunch (Noon – 2pm): every 20 minutes
Afternoon (2pm – 5pm): every 10 minutes

Route 109 trams also run from Port Melbourne (Beacon Cove) tram stop to the city via Collins, Spencer, Clarendon and Station streets. From the Cruise Terminal on Station Pier, you will need to walk 560 metres to the tram stop.Tram frequency:

Weekday trams run every 5 to 6 minutes during peak times and every 10 to 12 minutes at all other times.

Weekend trams run every 12 to 20 minutes.

Detailed route information: Route 109 - Port Melbourne to Box Hill (via City)

 

Bus 109 to Station Pier

You must catch the Bus 109 directly to Station Pier, departing from Stop 129 Casino/Queens Bridge Street, Southbank.

Bus frequency:

Morning (8am – noon): every five to seven minutes
Lunch (Noon – 2pm): every 20 minutes
Afternoon (2pm – 5pm): every 10 minutes

Tram to Station Pier

Route 109 trams also run from the city to the Port Melbourne (Beacon Cove) tram stop via Collins, Spencer, Clarendon and Station streets. From the tram stop, you will need to walk 560 metres back to the Cruise Terminal on Station Pier.

Tram frequency:

Weekday trams run every 5 to 6 minutes during peak times and every 10 to 12 minutes at all other times.

Weekend trams run every 12 to 20 minutes.

Detailed route information: Route 109 - Port Melbourne to Box Hill (via City)

myki is your ticket to travel on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses, including the Bus 109.

The cost of travel to areas outside of Melbourne depends on where you are going. For more information see Regional fares.

myki Money

You can buy a myki card at the PTV ticket booth, located in the upper level foyer of the Cruise Terminal.

The myki card is available for full fare, senior, concession and child visitors.

A full fare myki card costs $6, and senior, concession and child myki cards cost $3.

  • A myki Money daily fare costs $10.60.
  • A concession or child myki money costs $5.30.

Credit Card or EFTPOS facilities (VISA or mastercard) are available in the Cruise Terminal. No cash is accepted. Currency Exchange service.

If you are staying in Melbourne for more than one day, or you plan to return to Melbourne in the future, then hold on to your myki card so you can top it up and continue to use public transport.

Mobile myki

If you’ve got an Android phone, you can opt for a digital myki.

To get started with Mobile myki;

  1. Download Google Wallet™
  2. Follow the instructions within Google Wallet to set up your payment card
  3. Tap the blue ‘Add to Wallet’ button and select transport pass. Choose myki
  4. Choose myki Money or myki Pass
  5. Choose your fare product: Full fare, Child, or General concession
  6. Finish the transaction and you’re ready to travel!

For more information, see Mobile myki

Public transport staff will be available at the Cruise Terminal to help you find your way to the PTV ticket booth and bus shuttle services. You can also drop in to the PTV Hub at Southern Cross Station or call PTV on 1800 800 007.

You can also download the free PTV mobile app for both iPhone and Android. The PTV mobile app allows you to view service times, use the journey planner and set your favourite stops throughout Victoria for faster access to public transport information on the go.

Local passengers

If you live locally and catch Route 109 trams into the city, please plan when the cruise ships sail into Port Melbourne. Some visitors will catch tram Route 109 into the city to see the sights, take in Melbourne's culture and enjoy everything this city has to offer.

If you do catch this tram, please allow extra time for your journey as services may be busier than usual. Check below to see when the cruise ships will arrive in Port Melbourne.

Check the list below to find out when the cruise ships will arrive at Station Pier in Port Melbourne.

Please note: this list may be subject to change. Turnaround boats are not listed as we do not provide public transport for these ships.

List of cruise ship arrivals

Arrival Day

Arrival Date

Cruise Name

Monday

06 November 2023

​Pacific Adventure

Tuesday

07 November 2023

​Carnival Splendour

Tuesday

07 November 2023

​Pacific Adventure

Wednesday

08 November 2023

Pacific Adventure

Wednesday

08 November 2023

Carnival Splendour

Thursday

09 November 2023

Carnival Splendour

Tuesday

​14 November 2023

​Noordam

Tuesday

​14 November 2023

​Brilliance of the Seas

Wednesday

15 November 2023

​Brilliance of the Seas

Saturday

​18 November 2023

​Coral Princess

Tuesday

​05 December 2023

​Seabourn Odyssey

Wednesday

​06 December 2023

​Noordam

Friday

​08 December 2023

​Viking Orion

Sunday

​10 December 2023

​Silver Whisper

Monday

​11 December 2023

​Seabourn Odyssey

Tuesday

​12 December 2023

​Majestic Princess

Wednesday

​13 December 2023

​Crystal Symphony

Sunday

​24 December 2023

​Seven Seas Explorer

Monday

25 December 2023

​Seven Seas Explorer

Tuesday

26 December 2023

​Norwegian Spirit

Saturday

​30 December 2023

​Viking Orion

Sunday

​31 December 2023

​Crystal Symphony

Monday

01 January 2024

​Crystal Symphony

Wednesday

​03 January 2024

​AIDAsol

Thursday

​04 January 2024

​Seabourn Odyssey

Wednesday

​10 January 2024

​Seabourn Odyssey

Wednesday

​10 January 2024

​Silver Whisper

Saturday

​13 January 2024

​Norwegian Spirit

Monday

​15 January 2024

​Noordam

Tuesday

​16 January 2024

​Seven Seas Explorer

Wednesday

17 January 2024

​Seven Seas Explorer

Friday

​19 January 2024

​Norwegian Spirit

Saturday

​20 January 2024

​Regatta

Sunday

​21 January 2024

​Pacific Adventure

Monday

​22 January 2024

​Pacific Adventure

Saturday

​27 January 2024

​Viking Orion

Monday

​29 January 2024

​Brilliance of the Seas

Wednesday

​31 January 2024

​Vasco Da Gama

Friday

​02 February 2024

​Viking Orion

Saturday

​03 February 2024

​Seabourn Odyssey

Tuesday

​06 February 2024

​Norwegian Spirit

Thursday

​08 February 2024

​Azamara Journey

Thursday

​08 February 2024

​Noordam

Saturday

​10 February 2024

​Regatta

Sunday

​11 February 2024

​Regatta

Monday

​12 February 2024

​Norwegian Spirit

Monday

​12 February 2024

​Viking Neptune

Sunday

​18 February 2024

​Seabourn Odyssey

Tuesday

​20 February 2024

​Royal Princess

Friday

​23 February 2024

​Queen Mary 2

Saturday

​24 February 2024

​Queen Mary 2

Saturday

​24 February 2024

​Viking Orion

Monday

​26 February 2024

​Volendam

Monday

​26 February 2024

​Ambience

Friday

​01 March 2024

​Norwegian Spirit

Sunday

​03 March 2024

​Noordam

Tuesday

​05 March 2024

​Europa 2

Wednesday

​06 March 2024

​Pacific Explorer

Wednesday

​06 March 2024

​Regatta

Thursday

​07 March 2024

​Regatta

Thursday

​07 March 2024

​Norwegian Spirit

Friday

​08 March 2024

​Brilliance of the Seas

Monday

​11 March 2024

​Noordam

Wednesday

​13 March 2024

​Royal Princess

Tuesday

19 March 2024

Crystal Serenity

Wednesday

​20 March 2024

​Crystal Serenity

Friday

​22 March 2024

​Coral Princess

Saturday

23 March 2024

​Pacific Explorer

Monday

25 March 2024

​Norwegian Spirit

Monday

25 March 2024

​Resilient Lady

Thursday

04 April 2024

​Noordam

Sunday

07 April 2024

​Celebrity Edge

Saturday

​08 June 2024

​Pacific Explorer

*Shuttles not provided - passengers will need to use Route 109 trams

Additional information

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