Regional (V/Line) paper ticket types

Find out what type of paper ticket will suit your needs to travel on V/Line in regional Victoria.

Travel on the network is classed as being peak or off-peak. Depending on what time of day you travel will depend on what your ticket will cost.

Some V/Line journeys can be completed using a myki

Peak and off-peak travel

Peak services

Peak services are all services where you touch off in Melbourne* before 9am weekdays or where you touch on in Melbourne* between 4pm and 6pm weekdays.

*Melbourne is defined as Flinders Street, Southern Cross, North Melbourne and Richmond stations.

Tickets valid for travel on peak services include the Peak Single and Peak Day Return and myki money or myki pass.

Off-peak services

All other services including public holidays and weekends are defined as off-peak.

From 1 January 2016 concession customers now receive off-peak fares when travelling on non-myki weekend services.

Traditionally, off-peak services are quieter and you are more likely to secure a seat.

Tickets valid for travel on off-peak services include Off-Peak Single, Off-Peak Day Return and myki money or myki pass.

If you have an off-peak paper ticket and need to travel on a peak service, please purchase a peak upgrade ticket before travelling.

Ticket types

Single

Allows one trip from the origin to the destination on the date printed on the ticket (until 3am the following day). No stopovers are permitted.

Off-Peak Single

Allows one trip from the origin to the destination on the date printed on the ticket, on off-peak services (until 3am the following day). No stopovers are permitted.

Concession Off-Peak Single tickets are not available on weekends.

Day Return

Allows unlimited travel between the origin and destination on the date printed on the ticket (until 3am the following day). For return travel on different days, buy two single tickets.

Off-Peak Day Return

Allows unlimited travel between the origin and destination on the date printed on the ticket on off-peak services (until 3am the following day). For return travel on different days, buy two Off-Peak Single tickets.

Concession Off-Peak Day Return tickets are not available on weekends.

Weekly

Allow 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.

Monthly

Allow 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.

Date-to-Date

Allows unlimited travel between the origin and destination printed on the ticket for the number of weeks nominated by the passenger.

You can buy full fare and concession tickets for 10 to 52 weeks.

The price of the ticket is the Date-to-Date weekly rate multiplied by the number of weeks required.

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 expiration date on the ticket.

First Class

First Class is only available on some reserved services to and from Albury, Bairnsdale, Shepparton, Swan Hill and Warrnambool.

First Class carriages have meal trays and larger reclining seats with more leg room.

The seats are sectioned in groups of four and there are approximately 52 seats in each carriage, compared to 88 in economy.

All other services, including V/Line coaches, have Economy Class only.

If you are travelling on a myki and wish to travel First Class on a long distance service, you can purchase an upgrade ticket.

First Class upgrades can be purchased from staffed V/Line stations before travelling - your myki cannot be used to pay for the upgrade.

You should touch on and off your myki as normal even when travelling with a First Class upgrade.

Family Traveller

The Family Traveller ticket is an affordable way for families to travel in Victoria using V/Line.

A Family Traveller ticket allows each adult to take up to two children aged between four and 16 for free (from 30 January 2017, children aged between 5 and 18 inclusive).

The fare is the fare of the ticket applicable to the adult (such as off-peak Single peak or Daily).  During off-peak, there is no extra charge for the children.  If travelling during peak times a charge of $3.80 is added to the adult Single fare or $7.60 to the adult Daily fare (whichever applicable).

Eligibility

Family Traveller tickets are available for travel to/from all V/Line locations except for travel wholly within Zone 2 or Zone 1 and 2.

Family Traveller tickets can be used by adults travelling with children older than four and under 17 (from 30 January 2017, children aged between 5 and 18 inclusive)

From 30 January 2017, customers aged 17 and 18 will need to carry proof of age such as a PTV ID, learners permit, driver licence or passport.

Children under four years old (from 30 January 2017, under 5 years old) travel free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The adult may travel on a concession ticket if they are entitled to. The Family Traveller is not available if the adult is using a free pass, privilege ticket, periodical ticket or free travel voucher.

All customers using the Family Traveller ticket must travel together at all times. If there are more than two children travelling with each adult, additional children will pay the standard child fare.

Family Traveller tickets are only available in paper form and are not available with myki.

The Family Traveller is not valid for the Mansfield to Mount Buller V/Line coach service.

These tickets can be purchased at staffed V/Line stations or by calling 1800 800 007.

V/Line group travel

Group discounts are available on V/Line trains and coaches subject to availability.

For more information, see Group travel.

Included extra travel

Metropolitan Melbourne

Customers who have a valid myki or V/Line paper ticket can travel free on Melbourne's metropolitan trains, trams and buses.

If you've travelled on a V/Line long distance train or coach with a paper ticket, your one way single ticket includes one hour of free travel either side of your V/Line journey. All other ticket types, including Day Return, include free travel all day.

Regional town buses

You can use your myki or V/Line paper ticket to travel on some local town buses, excluding privately operated services. Town bus travel is included if you travel to or from one of these stations:

  • Ballarat
  • Bendigo
  • Eaglehawk
  • Epsom
  • Geelong
  • Kangaroo Flat
  • Kilmore East
  • Moe
  • Morwell
  • Seymour
  • South Geelong
  • Traralgon
  • Wallan
  • Waurn Ponds

You must have your myki or V/Line paper ticket with you when you board the bus. Present your ticket to the bus driver who will check it.

V/Line paper tickets or myki cards are not available to buy from bus drivers.

Buy a regional (V/Line) paper ticket

Find out where and how you can buy your regional paper ticket.