V/Line paper tickets
Buying and reserving tickets
It's best to buy your ticket before you travel with V/Line. You need to reserve your seat on some services before travelling.
You can buy and reserve your ticket at:
- staffed V/Line stations
- a V/Line ticket agent – to find your nearest agent, visit the V/Line website
- selected metropolitan premium stations (off-peak times only at some stations).
If you get on at an unstaffed V/Line station or roadside coach stop, you can buy a ticket from the train conductor or coach driver.
We have plenty of cashless ways to top up your myki online or at your nearest station or stop.
You'll still be able to use cash to top up your myki or purchase tickets at PTV hubs, ticket offices or V/Line ticket agents.
Buses that use myki will remain cashless. Please make sure you have a myki, check your balance, and top before you travel.
You need to make a reservation when travelling to or from Warrnambool, Swan Hill, Shepparton, Albury, Wodonga and Bairnsdale, even if you intend to get off the train before it arrives at its destination.
You don't need to make a reservation on trains travelling to or from all other destinations, including Marshall, Ararat, Ballarat, Bendigo, Echuca, Seymour and Traralgon.
How to check if you need to reserve a seat:
- Look for the 'R' symbol on the timetable.
- Look for ‘reservations required’ in the Journey Planner.
On some long-distance services, reservations only open 24 hours before departure. If you're only travelling a short distance, we encourage you to consider an alternative short-distance service, as they run more frequently. It also helps save seats on long-distance services for people who need to travel longer distances.
Reservations open 24 hours before departure on the following services:
Melbourne to Shepparton
To Southern Cross: 6.57am Monday to Friday train service between Seymour, Broadford, Kilmore East, Wandong, Wallan, Broadmeadows, North Melbourne and Southern Cross.
To Shepparton: 6.33pm Monday to Friday service between Southern Cross, North Melbourne, Broadmeadows and Seymour.
Melbourne to Swan Hill
To Swan Hill: 6.17pm Monday to Friday train service between Southern Cross, Footscray, Watergardens, Sunbury, Gisborne, Woodend and Kyneton.
Melbourne to Warrnambool
To Southern Cross: The 5.38am Monday to Friday train service between Marshall, South Geelong, Geelong, North Geelong, Lara, Little River, Wyndham Vale, Tarneit, Deer Park, Sunshine, Footscray and Southern Cross.
To Warrnambool: The 6.28pm Monday to Friday train service between Southern Cross, Lara, North Geelong, Geelong, South Geelong and Marshall.
The tickets listed below are available as full fare or concession.
- Find out more about regional fares.
- Find out if you’re eligible for concession fares or free travel.
- One journey from the origin to the destination on the date printed on the ticket, until 3am the following day. This ticket doesn't allow stopovers.
- V/Line paper ticket includes travel in Zones 1 + 2 for an hour either side of your V/Line journey and can be used in place of myki.
- Unlimited travel between the origin and destination on the date printed on the ticket, until 3am the following day.
- V/Line paper ticket includes all-day travel in Zones 1 + 2 and can be used in place of myki.
- Unlimited travel between the origin and destination printed on the ticket for seven consecutive days.
- The ticket expires seven days from the start date printed on the ticket. For example, a ticket valid from Tuesday will expire at the end of services for the following Monday (3am on Tuesday).
- A weekly ticket used between midnight and 3am must be valid for the previous day.
- Unlimited travel between the origin and destination printed on the ticket for one month.
- The ticket expires one month from the start date printed on the ticket. For example, a ticket valid for travel from 15 June will expire at the end of services on 14 July (3am on 15 July). A ticket first valid for travel on 30 or 31 January or on 1 February will expire on 29 February in a leap year, or on 28 February otherwise.
- A monthly ticket used between midnight and 3am must be valid for the previous day.
- Unlimited travel between the origin and destination for the number of weeks printed on the ticket.
- You can buy tickets for 10 to 52 weeks.
- A Date-to-Date ticket used between midnight and 3am must be valid for the previous day. The ticket expires at 3am on the day following the ticket's expiry date.