Your guide to getting around Melbourne quick and easy.
By Amy Bryant
Melbourne is an easy city to get around, with the metropolitan area servicing a great network of public transport, roadways and walking paths. This useful information will make moving around Melbourne’s different areas and attractions very simple.
To use public transport including buses, trains, and trams in Melbourne, you need to purchase a myki card. You can purchase a myki card from a newsagent and at train stations.
Initially you’ll need to load it with some money to cover your fares. You can top it up at convenience stores and train stations as your balance runs low. To start your ride, tap your card on the reader when you board your selected mode of transport and be sure to tap off when you disembark.
Melbourne has an excellent tram service that operates through the city centre and inner suburbs. The routes run in two zones, with the cost using your myki card calculated according to the zones you travel in. Most trams operate only within zone one, and sometimes the zones will overlap depending where you are traveling.
The Free Tram Zone operates in Melbourne city centre, with the city circle tram looping through the city every 12 minutes. It links with other bus and train routes, and passes major attractions stopping on Flinders Street, at Federation Square, the Harbour Esplanade, Docklands and Queen Victoria Market. You do not need to touch on or off with your myki in the free travel zone.
The trams also run to other Metropolitan areas including St Kilda Beach, Fitzroy and the popular shopping and dining district of Chapel Street in South Yarra and Prahan. For more information on the tram network, visit Public Transport Victoria.
The trains are a great way to visit attractions across the city and reach the surrounding suburbs, with services running daily from early morning to late at night. Major stations in the city include Central, Flinders and the newly refurbished Southern Cross Station. Catch the train to reach attractions including Melbourne Aquarium, Etihad Stadium, and a range of destinations including South Yarra and Brighton via the Sandringham Line, Richmond and St Kilda via the South Morang & Hurstbridge Line.
Trains to regional destinations including Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Seymore and Albury, operate on the V/Line services. You can use your myki on all train networks.
The bus network is another efficient way of hopping around metro Melbourne and popular neighbourhoods. To reach Fitzroy by bus from the city, catch the 200 and 207 buses, Collingwood on the 302, 303, 305 and 318, and South Yarra and Prahan on the 216, 219, 220 services.
The night bus network operates Fridays and Saturdays, running every thirty minutes and stopping at six locations around the city centre.
To get to and from the city and Melbourne airport, catch the SkyBus express service that runs 24 hours a day daily, stopping at terminals one, three and four. SkyBus also operate a service to and from Avalon Airport. Both airport services stop at Southern Cross Station on Spencer Street in the city. Note that the SkyBus services do not use myki, and tickets are purchased either online or at the airport.
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