Free travel for Veterans on Vietnam Veterans Day

Added: 2 August 2016

Public Transport Victoria is encouraging all Victorians to pay their respects at the Shrine of Remembrance on Vietnam Veterans Day to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan on Thursday, 18 August.

Veterans and War Widows are encouraged to wear their medals, and members of the Australian Defence Force to wear their uniform or show their ADF badge to receive free travel on public transport on the day.

Free travel is also extended on the regional public transport network for Veterans and War Widows travelling to and from Melbourne for the service between 17 and 19 August.

School students in uniform can travel for free on public transport to commemorations at the Shrine of Remembrance between 9.30am and 2.30pm

Reservations are compulsory on long distance V/Line train and coach services and passengers should call 1800 800 007 before the day of travel to secure a seat.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, and public transport is the best way to get to the Shrine to commemorate our diggers.

Veterans and War Widows simply need to travel with one of the below forms of identification:

  • Wear their uniform,
  • Wear their service medals,
  • Wear an ex-service association or returned from active service or war widows badge,
  • Present their DVA Gold or White card, or
  • Present their Category “V’’ Victorian Public Transport Concession Card.

Members of the Australian Defence Force can either wear their uniform or show their ADF Badge to access free transport.

Public transport services will run to a normal weekday timetable on Vietnam Veterans Day, Thursday, 18 August 2016.

The Shrine of Remembrance can be reached by a 10 minute walk from Flinders Street Station or by any St Kilda Road south bound tram except Route 1. Passengers should disembark at tram Stop 19 (Shrine of Remembrance/St Kilda Road) or Stop 20 (Domain Interchange).

Free travel is also extended to eligible veterans with the War Veterans Travel Pass throughout the year, visit the Free Travel Passes page for more information.