How to use your myki

Once you've bought and topped up your myki, you're ready to travel!

You just need to touch on and off at myki readers every time you use public transport.

A myki must be touched on to validate a journey or entry to a designated area.

Quick tips for touching on and off

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

Metropolitan trains

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

If you are 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 do not touch off, you will be charged a default fare of a Zone 1+2 2 hour fare.

Metropolitan trams

Touch on at the myki reader 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, you must touch off to ensure you pay the cheaper Zone 2 fare.

Metropolitan buses

Touch on at the myki reader when you enter the bus and touch off at the myki reader before you exit the bus.

Forgot to touch off?

If you do not touch off, you will 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 at the myki reader before getting on the train and touch off at the myki reader when you exit the station.

Forgot to touch off?

If you do not touch off on a V/Line commuter service you will be charged a default 2 hour peak fare between the zone of touch on and Zone 1.

When the conductor checks your myki, they will set the default fare to the end of the line you are travelling on.

V/Line passengers should touch off after every journey or risk paying a default fare, which may be a higher cost than the journey travelled.