How to use your myki

Buy your myki, top up and you're ready to travel. And don't forget to touch on and off at a myki reader every time you use public transport. 

Touching on and off

  • Touch on to ensure you have a valid ticket.
  • Touch off to pay the lowest fare.
  • Touch your myki to the centre of the reader.
  • Hold still, listen for the beep and look for the green light to show a successful touch on or touch off.

Metropolitan trains

Touch on before getting on the train and touch off when you exit the station. If you're changing trains at a station you don't need to touch off and on again, unless transferring through a myki barrier gate. 

Forgot to touch off?

If you use myki Money and don't touch off, you'll be charged a default 2 hour fare for metropolitan Melbourne.

Metropolitan trams

Touch on when you get on a tram. You only need to touch off if your whole trip is in Zone 2.

Free Tram Zone

When your entire journey is within the Free Tram Zone, don't touch on.

Zone 2 journeys on a tram

If your trip is entirely within Zone 2, touch off to pay the cheaper Zone 2 fare.

Metropolitan buses

Touch on when you get on the bus and touch off before you get off the bus.

Forgot to touch off?

If you don't touch off, you'll be charged a default fare for the maximum travel distance possible from your touch on location.

Bus route within one zone: the default fare is a 2 hour fare for the zone the bus travels in (Zone 1 or 2).

Bus route across two zones: the default fare is a 2 hour fare between where you touched on and the end of that service. If you touch on in the Zone 1 and 2 overlap, this will be deemed Zone 2.

V/Line commuter service trains

Touch on before getting on the train and touch off when you exit the station.

Forgot to touch off?

If you don't touch off on a V/Line commuter service you'll be charged a default 2 hour peak fare between the zone of touch on and Zone 1. When the conductor checks your myki, they'll set the default fare to the end of the line you're travelling on.

If you're a V/Line passenger, you need to touch off after every journey otherwise you'll pay a default fare. This may be a higher cost than your journey.