Notification

Public transport during the 2018 / 2019 cruise ship season

Added: 31 August 2018

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 using public transport during your stay easy. Simply purchase a myki Explorer pack which allows you to travel within metropolitan Melbourne and get discounts to a number of attractions. You can purchase this at Station Pier from the PTV ticket booth.

To travel into Melbourne, catch the Bus 109 City Express from Station Pier, this will take you directly into the city to Market Street.

The first cruise ship will arrive in Port Melbourne on 2 October 2018, with ships to arrive every few days until 16 April 2019.

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.

Cruise ship passengers

Local passengers

Cruise ship passengers

Travel from Station Pier to Melbourne city

Your ship will arrive at Station Pier in Port Melbourne, six kilometres from Melbourne city. To travel into the city, you can take Bus 109 City Express to Market Street.

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 a tram or a bus from Port Melbourne into the city, however the shuttle bus is the only service that runs directly from Station Pier into the city.

The Bus 109 City Express shuttle runs direct from the Cruise Terminal on Station Pier to the city, stopping outside Market Street. The journey takes approximately 20 minutes.

Bus frequency:

Morning (8am – noon): every five to seven minutes
Lunch (Noon – 2pm): every 15 to 20 minutes
Afternoon (2pm – 5pm): every 10 to 15 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)

Travel from Melbourne city to Station Pier 

Bus shuttle to Station Pier

You must catch the Bus 109 Express shuttle directly to Station Pier, departing from Market Street.

Bus frequency:

Morning (8am – noon): every five to seven minutes
Lunch (Noon – 2pm): every 15 to 20 minutes
Afternoon (2pm – 5pm): every 10 to 15 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)

Map of Station Pier

Download the Station Pier and and shuttle bus map (PDF) 2.64MB

All information in this map is available in the article above.

Public transport tickets 

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

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

myki Explorer pack

The myki Explorer pack contains a myki card with enough value for one day’s travel in Melbourne, discounts to various Melbourne attractions including Melbourne Aquarium and Eureka Skydeck, a protective souvenir wallet and instructions on how to use myki.

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

The myki Visitor Value Pack is available for full fare, senior, concession and child visitors.

  • A full fare myki Visitor Value Pack costs $15 and includes $9 myki money for travel.
  • A concession, child or seniors myki Visitor Value Pack costs $7.50 and includes $4.50 myki money for travel.

Only Australian cash dollars are accepted. There are no Currency Exchange, Credit Card or EFTPOS facilities in the Cruise Terminal.

If you want to travel beyond Zone 2, then you will need to top up your myki with additional myki money.

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.

Contact Public Transport Victoria for more information 

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 apps allow 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

Local passengers: allow extra travel time for your journey into the city

If you live locally and catch Route 109 trams into the city, please plan ahead 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.

Cruise ship arrival dates 

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 ships and dates in Melbourne
Arrival dayArrival dateShip name
Tuesday 2 October 2018 Sea Princess
Friday 12 October 2018 Majestic Princess
Saturday 27 October 2018 ​​Noordam
Saturday 3 November 2018 Majestic Princess
Monday 5 November 2018 Pacific Eden
Pacific Explorer
Tuesday 6 November 2018 Pacific Eden*
Pacific Explorer*
Carnival Spirit*
Wednesday 7 November 2018 Pacific Eden
Pacific Explorer
Carnival Spirit
Thursday  8 November 2018 Carnival Spirit
 Saturday 10 November 2018 Celebrity Solstice
 Tuesday 20 November 2018 Noordam
Thursday  29 November 2018 Norwegian Jewel
Sunday  2 December 2018 Noordam
Monday 3 December 2018 Noordam
Monday  10 December 2018 Majestic Princess
Monday 10 December 2018 Seven Seas Mariner
Tuesday 11 December 2018 Seven Seas Mariner
 Sunday 16 December 2018 AIDAaura
 Tuesday 18 December 2018 Seabourn Sojourn
Norwegian Jewel
Friday  21 December 2018 Sun Princess
Sunday   23 December 2018   Maasdam
Norwegian Jewel
Monday 24 December 2018 Norwegian Jewel
Friday  28 December 2018 Majestic Princess
Wednesday 2 January 2019 Celebrity Solstice
Wednesday 16 January 2019 Viking Orion
Monday 21 January 2019 Pacific Eden
Tuesday 22 January 2019 Pacific Eden
Friday 25 January 2019 Norwegian Jewel
Thursday 31 January 2019 Noordam
Silver Muse
Saturday 2 February 2019 Celebrity Solstice
Thursday 7 February 2019 Viking Orion
Wednesday 13 February 2019 Viking Orion
Thursday 14 February 2019 Pacific Eden
Wednesday 20 February 2019 Majestic Princess
Friday 22 February 2019 Noordam
Tuesday 26 February 2019 Noordam
Regatta
Thursday 28 February 2019 Pacific Eden
Crystal Serenity
Thursday 7 March 2019 Celebrity Solstice
Viking Orion
Saturday 9 March 2019 Costa Luminosa
Wednesday 13 March 2109 Radiance of the Seas
Thursday 14 March 2019 Sea Princess
Tuesday 19 March 2019 Noordam
Friday 22 March 2019 MSC Magnifica
Wednesday 27 March 2019 Noordam
Wednesday 3 April 2019 Noordam
Wednesday 10 April 2019 Celebrity Solstice
Tuesday 16 April 2019 Radiance of the Seas

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

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