Melbourne's metro trains run between the outer suburbs and Flinders Street Station in the city. The city loop is Melbourne's underground system, with five stations servicing the central business district: Southern Cross Station, Flagstaff (closed weekends), Melbourne Central, Parliament and Flinders Street. Southern Cross Station is Melbourne's hub for regional and interstate trains.
Train services run 5.00am to midnight Monday to Thursday, and the Night Network runs all night Fridays and weekends. Plan your trip with Public Transport Victoria's journey planner.
Melbourne is the only city in Australia with a network of trams. Trams share road space on most Melbourne thoroughfares.
How to travel on trams
You can board trams at signposted stops showing maps, route numbers and a timetable. Route numbers show on the front of the tram.
Free Tram Zone
Travel on trams in Melbourne's city centre is free. See a map of the Free Tram Zone on the Public Transport Victoria website. Tram stops in the Free Tram Zone are clearly marked. If you start or finish a journey outside the Free Tram Zone, a valid myki card is still required.
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.
Melbourne buses run frequently to major hubs, including shopping centres, schools, hospitals, leisure and sports venues, and some of Melbourne's biggest attractions. For people travelling further afield, Victoria's V/Line service gives access to regional towns and scenic attractions across the state.
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.
The myki Explorer card includes a day's unlimited travel by train, bus and tram in metropolitan Melbourne, plus maps and a handful of discounts and offers. Top up your card to travel extra days or further into regional Victoria.
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. Travel across Zone 1 and 2 is included in the cost of your fare. Train travel completed before 7.15am on a weekday is free.
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 travel for free and do not need a myki card.
For more information on zones, ticketing and timetables, visit the Public Transport Victoria website.
Melbourne's Night Network offers all night public transport on weekends, with all night metropolitan trains and trams, late night buses, and a 2am coach service to key regional centres. Normal myki fares apply. For timetables and route maps visit the Public Transport Victoria website.
V/Line is Victoria's regional train and bus provider, operating services across the state. Visit the V/Line website for timetables, maps and other information.
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