Melbourne is the only city in Australia which retains a network of trams. Tram travel is a scenic way to explore the city and inner suburbs of Richmond, St Kilda and South Yarra. Trams share road space on most Melbourne thoroughfares. Services run regularly from 5.00am to midnight Monday to Thursday, and to around 1.30am Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday, trams run 7.00am to 11.00pm. Many tram services link to bus and train routes.
How to travel on trams
Passengers can board trams at signposted stops displaying maps, route numbers and a timetable. Route numbers are also displayed on the front of the tram.
myki is Melbourne's ticket to travel on the city's trains, trams and buses. It's a plastic smartcard with stored value which can be topped up and re-used again. Purchase your myki online at the myki website, premium train stations, retail outlets displaying the myki sign (including 7-Elevens), or by calling Ph 1800 800 007 (free from a land line) in Australia.
Free Tram Zone
Travel on trams within the Central Business District of Melbourne is free. The area takes in the Victoria Markets and Docklands to the North and West of the city centre, and Flinders and Spring streets to the South and East. A map covering the extent of the Tram Free Zone can be found on the Public Transport Victoria website. Tourist outlets in the city have hard copies of the map. Tram stops within the Free Tram Zone are clearly defined. If you need to start or finish your journey outside the Free Tram Zone you still require a valid myki card.
For flexible travel, buy a myki Visitor Pack from Melbourne Visitor Centre, Federation Square, the PTV Hub at Southern Cross Station (cnr Swanston and Little Collins streets), SkyBus terminals and some hotels. Packs include a pre-loaded myki card with enough value for one day of travel in Zone 1 and 2, instructions on how to use myki, a Melbourne tram map and discount entry to Melbourne attractions.
City Circle Tram
Melbourne's burgundy and gold City Circle Trams offer free travel to city sights and attractions, with audio commentary on points of interest along the route. The route runs along Flinders Street, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands Drive, La Trobe Street and Spring Street. A complete journey takes around an hour. Trams run in both directions every 12 minutes from 10.00am to 6.00pm Sunday to Wednesday, and 10.00am to 9.00pm Thursday to Saturday (except Christmas Day and Good Friday). The City Circle Tram is not wheelchair accessible.
Metropolitan Melbourne is divided into two zones. Zone 1 includes all inner city suburbs and Zone 2 the suburbs well outside of the city centre. From January 2015, travel across Zone 1 and 2 is included in the cost of your fare.
When you touch your myki on and off the electronic readers as you travel, an initial 2 hour charge will apply. If you continue to use the card for longer than two hours, a capped full day fare will be deducted from your card.
Children under 4 do not need myki cards.
For more information on zones, ticketing and timetables, visit the Public Transport Victoria website.