Guide to Surviving Melbourne Public Transport

If you are new to Melbourne, all you need is a myki card to travel around by trains, trams and buses. A guide on how to survive Melbourne’s public transport is presented to you by Spiible!!


Different type

  • full fare
  • concession

  • senior

  • child myki

Location where you can get the card

  • Federation Square

  • SkyBus terminals at Melbourne Airport

  • Southern Cross Station

  • PTV Hubs

  • 7 Eleven

PS: Myki Visitor Value Pack are available at many hotels and accommodation providers

What’s inside of the myki Visitor Value Pack?

  • A myki card (can be any type mentioned above depending on your own situation), there will be enough money in it for your whole day travel in Zone 1 and 2.

  • Discount offered at 15 Melbourne’s attraction spots like Melbourne Aquarium, the National Sports Museum, Eureka Skydeck and Puffing Billy. It saves visitors up to $100 in total.

  • A souvenir myki wallet

Top up

  • You can top up your myki card instantly after one day travelling

  • Myki machines are located  mostly at train stations, some accessible tram stops and bus interchanges

  • You can see the myki sign in all 7-Eleven stores and up to 800 retail stores

  • PTV Hubs (Southern Cross Station/ 750 Collins Street, Docklands)

  • Remember to touch on and off your myki card when you are passing the paid area of train station, touch on when you board a tram or bus. If you are only travelling in free tram zone, you don’t have to touch on.

For more information, see myki Visitor Value Pack


  • Zone 1: the CBD and inner suburbs

  • Zone 2: the middle and outer suburbs

  • Check the public transport maps to check the zones you are going to visit and make sure there’s enough money on you myki for your travelling.

  • The system will automatically calculate the lowest fare for you while you are touching on and off your myki.

  • Make sure that you myki is valid for the zones you are travelling in. However when you are travelling in an overlapping zone boundary, the myki is valid for either zone.

Hours of operation

  • Monday to Thursday: 5am to midnight (train, tram and bus)

  • 24-hour public transport on WEEKEND (TRIAL)

​           - to support major events like Australian Open

           - the trial will be extended until June next year

  • Friday and Saturday nights:

          - ​​​all night (train, tram and bus)

          - 2am coach service to regional centres

          - ​for more info, see Night Network

  • Sunday: 7am to 11pm (train and tram)

  • Many of Melbourne’s bus routes:

         - Mon-Fri, 6am - 9pm

         - Saturday 8am - 9pm

         - Sunday 9am - 9pm

Regional services - V/line

V/line provides a range of destination like Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Kyneton, Seymour and Traralgon through Victoria. It is convenient, comfortable and reliable. There are a variety of flexible ticket options in V/line, see V/line tickets to choose the most suitable for you. On 2am Friday night and Saturday night, coach service depart Melbourne for Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Traralgon. For more information, see Night Coach.

Free mobile apps

  • PTV

  • Journey Planner

  • And you can always visit the PTV Hubs for helpful advice


Visting Melbourne, 2016, PUBLIC TRANSPORT VICTORIA, viewed 28 July 2016 <>

Words by Haisi 

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