Your Guide to Public Transport in Melbourne
Everything you need to know about Melbourne public transport
Public transport is a great way to get around in cities. Luckily, you will find that Melbourne has a range of great transport options. Melbourne is home to the largest tram network in the world, as well as bus services and train lines. It can be hard to work out how to us public transport when you’re new to a city. This guide will help prepare you for using Melbourne public transport.
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Every city has different forms of public transport so it’s good to know your options. Public transport in Melbourne provides efficient and affordable ways to get around the city. If you don’t want to get stuck in traffic for hours, then public transport is the way to go.
In Melbourne you will find:
- An extensive tram network with over 500 trams on 28 routes – the largest tram network in the world.
- Over 219 railway stations in Melbourne: the train lines cover around 965 kilometres of track.
- 346 bus routes operating around Melbourne.
What to use
There are a lot of options when it comes to public transport in Melbourne. If you’re living in the inner-city you’ll have access to everything Melbourne has to offer. This includes trains, buses, and tram services. Further out there are fewer options, but still plenty of access to public transport.
Outside of the CBD, you’re better off relying on trains for long-distance travel and buses for getting around locally. The tram services are not available in the less densely populated outer suburbs, so you won’t have access to these if you live in outer Melbourne.
How to use it
The easiest way to travel on Melbourne public transport is with a Myki card. This allows you to easily touch on and off whenever you travel. The two main types of Myki fares you can get are Myki Money, or a Myki Pass.
- A Myki Pass allows you to choose the zones you want to travel in and the days you’ll be travelling for. This is great if you plan to use public transport on a regular basis, 5-7 times a week.
- Myki Money is a fare that is calculated each time you tap on and off. You can top up your money any time just like a debit card so you can travel with ease. All you need to do is touch our card onto the Myki stands at train stations or on buses and trams. The fare will automatically be deducted when you tap off at your destination.
When to use it
If you are planning on living outside of the CBD, oftentimes public transport is the most efficient way to get around. Traffic can be awful in Melbourne, and if you drive into the city for work each day you could spend hours on the freeway. Using public transport can be much faster and less stressful.
Public transport is also perfect for inner-city dwellers who don’t want to fork out their entire pay on parking. Melbourne is a large city, and working in the CBD means it is expensive and difficult to find parking. Save yourself the money and use public transport instead.
How much it costs
The type of Myki card you use will change how much you pay for public transport in Melbourne. If you’re planning on using a Myki pass you’ll be able to pay a set price. If you’re using Myki money, you’ll need to top up on a regular basis.
- A seven day pass for both Zone 1 and 2 will cost a total of $44, or $22 for concession card holders.
- A pass for only Zone 2 will only cost $30, or $15 for concession card holders.
- A full fare for 2 hours in Zone 1 and 2 will cost you $4.40, or $2.20 for concession card holders
- A full daily fare for Zone 1 and 2 is $8.80, or $4.40 for concession card holders. You can also choose to travel only in Zone 2, which would cost $3 for 2 hours or $6 for a daily fare.
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