Free travel for Victorian primary school groups

From 1 January 2018, Victorian primary school groups can travel free on off-peak trains, trams, coaches and buses.


To enjoy free travel you must:

  • have a group of at least 12, including up to six adults (see below for maximum group sizes)
  • travel entirely within off-peak times (9:30am to 3:30pm, after 6pm on regional services, after 7pm on metropolitan services or anytime on weekends)
  • carry a Prepaid Travel Authority during your journey.

Inbound and outbound journeys can be split over separate days.

We recommend booking a Prepaid Travel Authority seven days in advance. You can do this at:

  • staffed stations
  • metropolitan PTV Hubs
  • V/Line website (V/Line bookings only)
  • by calling the V/Line Group Travel Coordinator on 03 9619 2338 (V/Line bookings only)

Maximum group sizes

We limit groups to make sure we have enough room for all passengers to travel safely.

Metropolitan Melbourne

Train – 35 people per carriage
Tram – 35 people per vehicle
Bus – 35 people per vehicle

Regional Victoria

V/Line train – 20 people per service if no booking, 35 people per service with advance booking
V/Line coach – 12 people per service if no booking, 20 per service with advance booking