Travel options and tips for getting around Melbourne.
We understand that getting around greater Melbourne on public transport can sometimes be confusing and difficult; this section of the website is designed to provide you as much information as possible to make getting around that little bit easier.
Where possible, we will provide transport options for each activity provided on our website; just click on your desired activity to bring up the transport options available.
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 1800 800 007 (free from a land line) in Australia.
Metropolitan Melbourne is divided into two zones. When you touch your myki on and off the electronic readers as you travel, the lowest fare for your trip is deducted. Train travel completed before 7.00am on a weekday is free. For more information on zones, ticketing and timetables, visit the Public Transport Victoria website.
Melbourne buses run frequently to major hubs, including shopping centres, schools, hospitals, leisure and sports venues, and Melbourne's biggest attractions. For people travelling further afield, Victoria's V/Line service provides access to regional towns and scenic attractions across the state. Plan your trip with Public Transport Victoria's journey planner.
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. Many train stations connect with bus or tram services. Southern Cross Station is Melbourne's hub for regional and interstate trains.
Services run 5.00am to midnight Monday to Thursday, and to 1am Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday, trains run 7.00am to 11.00pm. Plan your trip with Public Transport Victoria's journey planner
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. Plan your trip with Public Transport Victoria's journey planner
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.
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 taxis are numerous and easy to spot, as they are all painted yellow. Drivers are required to wear a neat uniform and have an identity card on show at all times.
Hailing a cab
Cabs often wait in designated ranks that are clearly signposted at central locations like major hotels in the CBD, or busy spots such as Flinders Street Station. You can also hail a taxi in the street. If the rooftop light is illuminated, it means the taxi is available for hire – Telephone bookings are also available.
Fares and surcharges
Taxi meters are clearly visible, so you can keep check of your fare as you go. Late night taxi trips must be paid for in advance. Use the fare estimator to work out what your trip is likely to cost. Melbourne cabs attract additional charges like a late night surcharge from midnight to 5am, a fee for phone bookings, a fee for using the Citylink freeway and even a fee for taxis waiting at the airport rank.
Melbourne's major taxi companies include:
- 13 CABS (Ph 13 22 27 – in Australia) www.13cabs.com.au
- Silver Top Taxis (Ph 13 10 08 – in Australia) www.silvertop.com.au
The City of Melbourne has developed a fantastic and easy-to-use route planner, which provides a detailed and easy-to-follow mapping feature with clear directions and information, should you wish to drive. If you want to plan your journey from your home to the location that the sporting activity takes place, then click on the following link and it will provide you with the most direct route to take.
V/Line is Victoria's regional train and bus provider, operating services across the state. Visit V/Line for timetables, maps and other information, if you plan to explore Victoria by train.
Melbourne is one of Australia's oldest cities but accessibility for people with mobility related impairments is improving all the time. Find out about accessible activities and attractions and the best ways to get around in Melbourne and Victoria.
Travellers Aid provides travel-related support and aid including accessible toilet, shower and change amenities, and a rest area. It provides advice and assistance to older, frail, and people with disabilities to ensure safe passage. Bookings essential.
Find details about Melbourne's accessible venues, services and facilities, including restaurants, bars and cafes.
Getting around Melbourne
The City of Melbourne can help you find out about accessible parking, public transport, taxis and vehicle hire and getting mobile on Melbourne's footpaths.
Melbourne Mobility Centre
The Melbourne Mobility Centre is located at Federation Square. It loans equipment and has services for people with disabilities, older persons, and those with temporary disabilities.
The City of Melbourne provides downloadable mobility maps for the city centre, Docklands precinct and Melbourne's entertainment and sports precinct.
Arts Access Victoria
Arts Access Victoria provides access, engagement and professional development in the arts and cultural life across Victoria for people with a disability.
Australia for all
Australia for all provides an online one stop shop for accessible tourism in Australia, including accommodation, attractions and restaurants.
Nican is a national online resource for recreation and tourism (including accommodation) in Australia.
Useful Apps to help you get around Melbourne
Timetable and route guide for Melbourne Metro trains.
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Real-time schedule information for Melbourne trams.
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Real-time schedule information for Melbourne trams.
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Detailed Melbourne street directory (maps).
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