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Public Transport In Melbourne

Melbourne has a privatised public transport system comprising trains, trams and buses. Trams are the main form of transport throughout the Central Business District and run up and down most main streets. Trains are the main mode of transport throughout the greater Melbourne area.

The best way to get around the Central Business District is to catch the City Circle Tram, a free service that runs around the perimeter of the CBD. There is an excellent map of the CBD and its main points of interest on the website.

Travelling away from the CBD, your choice is catch a tram or a train (although bus services do operate to most areas).

Trams

Trams going outside the CBD run to the inner suburbs and in some instances a little further. There are different departure points throughout the CBD and you can check these here. A light rail service runs to the popular tourist destinations of St Kilda and Port Melbourne (Beacon Cove).

Trains

There are two main railway stations in the CBD:

Flinders Street Station, at the corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets, which is the main terminus for Melbourne metropolitan rail services; and

Southern Cross Station (previously Spencer Street Station), at the intersection of Bourke and Spencer Streets, which is the main hub for country rail services.

You can plan how to use Melbourne's public transport system using MetLink (includes all train, trams and bus services).

Ticketing

myki is the ticketing system used on public transport. myki is a digital plastic card system that requires placement of the card over the reader at the beginning and end of the journey. A fare is automatically calculated based on time and zone.

Visitors to Victoria will be able to purchase the myki Visitor Pack for travel throughout their stay on Melbourne's trains, trams and buses. The pack will include:

  • A myki smartcard pre-loaded with enough value for one day's Zone 1 travel
  • Instructions on how to use myki
  • An inner Melbourne tram map
  • Discounts at 15 attractions across the city, with savings up to $140

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