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If there's one symbol of Melbourne, it's the tram. Melbourne is the only city in Australia with a tram system which has operated continuously throughout its history - all the way back to the 19th century. Adelaide has its one tram, and Sydney has reintroduced trams in the form of light rail, but nothing has the history and pedigree of Melbourne's trams. Even on a global scale, Melbourne reigns supreme - it's the largest tram network by length of track in the world - larger than Berlin or Moscow and way ahead of anything in the English speaking world.
Free City Circle Tram
A great thing to do in Melbourne is to ride their iconic trams. We rode the free city circle one. The complete loop took about 45 mins and trams passed every 12 or so minutes. We thought it would be all tourists but I think a lot of locals used it to get from one end of the city to the other. Unfortunately this meant that we actually missed seeing some of the many sights we passed as the tram was so full we couldn't really see much. Still worth doing and what's more it is FREE!
By the way the picture isn't of the free trams. They are brown and much better looking.
Great way to see the city FOR FREE
Melbourne have a free "city circle" tram service that circles around the city. I can't recall the exact name for it but it is easy to find. Do a loop and get a good feel for the area. Your chance to ride the iconic Melbourne tram for free and see the city at the same time!
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
I went on a fantastic Tramtastic Tour of Melbourne. Very patient and knowledgeable tourguide Allen (cutie!) showed us the best shops to visit (not just mainstream chain stores), plus some brilliant cafes and groovy hangouts. Tour was meant to take four hours but he gave us six hours for no extra charge... and even gave us all his phone number in case we needed any help during the rest of our stay! I learned which trams to catch to get around Melbourne easily for the rest of my trip. Sooo much better than trying to figure it out on my own! Amazing, thoroughly recommended, 10/10.
- Arts and Culture
Take a Tram to St Kilda
I really wanted to see St Kilda. Have heard that the markets there are cool and the cosmopolitan atmosphere with cafe lined streets is a 'must see'. So I boarded a tram to St Kilda from Swanston St. Just have a few dollar coins with you and when you get on the tram, hit the Adult, 2 hour, 1 zone buttons, stick your money in and receive a ticket. Don't forget to zap it in the machine when you come back to activate it.
- Budget Travel
A must-do activity
As the saying goes, "when in Rome do as the Romans", so when in Melbourne, ride the trams. It costs next to nothing and beats the normal buses for fun and convenience. There is also a free tram service that circles the city called the City Circle Tram - easy isn't it ? Just make sure you look out for them when you're trying to cross the road coz they look like they'd hurt.
- Road Trip
Trams have always been a big part of Melbourne.. and such an easy way to get around the city and inner suburbs. A ride on one of these new trams would be a great way to see the sites.
This sure is a long way away from the trams we used to have in the city of Melbourne.
- Family Travel
Melbourne's TRAMSWhat would...
What would Melbourne be without trams?
Wide streets have permitted Melbourne to retain its tramway system long after many other cities have been forced to abandon this convenient form of transport.
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