Public Transport: Buses and Trams in Melbourne

Details and contact information on the regional bus and tram services in the Melbourne metropolitan area and surrounding regions...

Victoria's extensive public transport network is easy to use with trains, trams and buses connecting metropolitan Melbourne, and rail and coach routes connecting the city with regional areas.

Tickets and Fares

There are currently two types of ticketing system operating on the public transport network. A new reusable smart card system called myki has been introduced and the switch is currently being made from paper tickets, called Metcards, to this system.

  • For more information on myki including where to buy and how to use it: Click here

Metcards are slowly being phased out of the public transport system, and the majority of Metcard machines have been removed from stations. They are still available from ticketing machines on trams but passengers are encouraged to purchase myki cards. All Metcards must be validated at the machines located on board trams and buses and at train stations.

  • For information on the switch from Metcards to myki: Click here

Travelling without a valid ticket on any public transport service in Victoria is illegal and could lead to a fine.

Melbourne Trams

Melbourne's popular tram network is run by Yarra Trams and is a convenient way to get around the city.

  • For a map of Melbourne's tram network: Click here (PDF)
  • Tel: 1800 800 007

Trams run from approximately 05:00-01:00, depending on the service, with less frequent services running on Sunday and public holidays.

  • For information on timetables for all services: Click here
  • To use the Public Transport Victoria journey planner (showing tram, train and bus options): Click here
  • For up to date information on fares, service changes and any other tram related information: Click here

Yarra Trams have also developed the Tram Tracker application for iPhone users which enables users to check real-time tram arrival information for any tram stop in Melbourne. Click here to download the app.

A free City Circle tram (Tourist Tram) operates around Melbourne's Central Business District (CBD).

  • For more information on the route and timetable: Click here

Melbourne Buses

Melbourne has over 300 bus routes operating across the city with most services running Monday to Friday from 06:00-21:00, Saturday from 08:00-21:00 and Sunday from 09:00-21:00.

  • For information on bus routes and timetables: Click here

An airport express shuttle bus runs from Southern Cross station (CBD) to Tullamarine airport and takes around 20 minutes. Services run 24-hours a day, seven days a week including public holidays.

For more information on timetables and fares: Click here

The NightRider bus is a late night service which runs from the CBD to Melbourne's outer suburbs every 30 minutes between 01:30-04:30 on Saturdays and 01:30-05:30 on Sundays.

  • For more information on routes and timetables: Click here

A free tourist shuttle bus operates daily with services every 30 minutes between 09:30-16:30. The trip takes approximately one hour and 30 minutes and stops at various tourist attractions throughout the city including Federation Square, Chinatown, Queen Victoria Market and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

  • For more information on the Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle: Click here

V/Line

The V/Line is Victoria's regional passenger train and coach service with routes to various locations across the state, including Geelong, Bacchus Marsh, Bendigo and Shepperton.

  • For more information, timetables and fares: Click here

Train

The train network is operated by Metro Trains and has 15 lines and 212 stations covering metropolitan Melbourne.

  • For information on line service updates, timetables and a journey planner: Click here

Travelling with Children

Children under the age of three travel for free. Concession fares are available for children aged three to 16. Children under the age of ten must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on public transport.

  • For information on fares for children: Click here

Passengers with Disabilities

Public Transport Victoria is gradually making Melbourne's public transport network more accessible for passengers with disabilities. These passengers may be eligible for free travel passes.

Lost Property

For any misplaced personal belongings on a public transport service, contact 1800 800 007.

Travelling with Animals

Animals may travel on public transport services subject to certain conditions. Guide dogs can travel free of charge on all public transport services

  • For more information on travelling with animals: Click here

Customer Service Centres

Information on public transport services in Melbourne can be found at customer service centres at Southern Cross station and Swanston Street (near the corner of Little Collins Street). Alternatively, a telephone line is available for all enquiries.

  • Tel: 1800 800 007