Travelling Around Melbourne on Public Transport


Metropolitan Melbourne offers comprehensive public transport options with trains, trams and buses.

Metropolitan Melbourne offers comprehensive public transport options with trains, trams and buses.

Extending from the CBD out in all directions, Melbourne’s public transport network will help you explore this wonderful city.

Melbourne trains are efficient and affordable, with train lines stretching across the city, suburbs and into regional Victoria. This is a good way to get to places such as the Melbourne Zoo or Melbourne University. The exciting Southern Cross Station is an attraction in itself, as is the historical Flinders Street Station.

Melbourne also has a SkyBus service which runs from Melbourne Airport to most inner city hotels and hostels. Find out more information directly from SkyBus.

How to buy a ticket

The ticket system is the same for all buses, trains and trams in Victoria and uses the new Myki (pronounced My Key) system or the older Metcard system. Myki, the new smartcard ticketing system in Melbourne, is replacing the paper based Metcard system.

Fares for travelling on Melbourne's trains, trams and buses are separated into two zones: Zone 1 for the CBD and inner-city and Zone 2 for the middle and outer suburbs.

See the complete Metropolitan Train Map

See the complete Metropolitan Tram Map

See the complete Metropolitan Bus Stops

See the complete Regional Stops and Stations

To buy your public transport tickets visit any MetsShop, Melbourne Visitor Centre, Premium Stations, such as Flinders Street Station and Southern Cross Station or get them from the ticket machines on the trams and buses.

City Circle Tram

Free City Services

The City Circle Tram is a free service around central Melbourne taking passengers down bustling streets, past some of Melbourne's major attractions and landmarks.

Using one of Melbourne's historic W trams, it offers passengers a historical tram experience with audio commentary for the points of interest along the way.

Operates approximately every 12 minutes between 10am and 6pm from Sunday to Wednesday and 10am to 9pm from Thursday to Saturday.

City Circle trams operate every day of the year except Christmas Day and Good Friday.

The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle is a popular, free bus service which takes approximately 1.5 hours and includes an informative on-board commentary as you travel around Melbourne.

Hop on and off the bus at any of the following stop locations:

1.    Arts precinct

2.    Federation Square

3.    Sports precinct

4.    Chinatown precinct

5.    Melbourne Museum and Carlton Gardens

6.    Lygon Street precinct

7.    University of Melbourne

8.    Queen Victoria Market

9.    Waterfront City

10.William Street

11.Southbank and Yarra River

12.Shrine and Royal Botanic Gardens

There are so many different ways to see the wonderful city of Melbourne, but the best way to get around is to use public transport. It is safe, easy to use and, best of all, it accesses such a large part of the state. One day you could be walking the cafe lined streets of Prahran and then the next you could be having Devonshire Tea and Scones in the lush Dandenong Ranges.