If you wish to do more than two tram, train or bus trips in a day around Melbourne your best option is to buy a Daily Metcard.
This sets you back AUD$10.10 and allows you unlimited travel in Zone 1 & Zone 2 which covers most of Melbourne. So you can go to St Kilda, Brighton as far afield as Lilydale, Frankston and so forth.
You can switch between trams, buses and train.
Metcards can be purchased at train stations, on trams, on some buses, Melbounre vistior centre at Federation Square, the Metshop Melbourne Town Hall, cnr Swanston and Little Collins Sts, outlets displaying blue Metcard signs.
I found the easiest is on the trams.
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The easiest pain-free way of getting around Melbourne is to buy a Metcard, which allows you to hope onto public buses, trains and the trams.
The card operates on zones as Melbourne and the immediate beyonds are demarcated by zones, based on distance. (There are now only Zones 1 & 2)
The Daily Metcard allows unlimited train, tram and bus travel for a whole day within selected zones and are available from Metcard retail outlets, the MetShop and the Metcard Helpline and Website.
I usually will buy a Daily Fare (Zone 1) [current A$6.10, circa 2006] which allows me to hop around the inner city with ease. Most of the sights in the city are in Zone 1 anyway.
The Metcard is a ticket that you can purchase in advance for use on all of Melbourne's Metlink trains, buses and trams, available from over 900 retailers. When you board the vehicle with your Metcard, you need to validate your ticket.
There are a range of Metcards available to suit your needs. The most basic Metcard is the 2 hourly, allowing you unlimited usage within 2 hours from first validation.
the city circle tram is one of the best way to get an overview of melbourne city.. hop on and off the tram at any designated stops around the city.. it's pretty easy to spot the red tram going around town.. and the best part is it's free!! :)
If you are headed around Melbourne, one of the most important places to go is Flinders Street Station. This is the hub for trains, trams, and is your gateway to Melbourne's Central Business District. This is also a very convienent spot to get to Melbourne's SouthBank.
The station was started in 1853, and this is how long the station has been the transportation hub for Melbourne. The original building was started in 1899, and still is an iconic building.
The Melbourne CIty Circle Tram route is FREE and a great way to navigate your way around the CBD.
There is an electronic on-board tourguide.
Catch the Tram stops on Flinders Street, Spring Street, LaTrobe Street or the Docklands (near Colonal Stadium).
If you are in Melbourne, one of the easiest ways to make it around the city is the City Circle Tram. It is free for you, which is just the right price in my opinion!
Not all of the trams are free, however the City Circle runs in a circle on the major thoroughfares.
The tram will take you past shopping malls and arcades, and major attractions such as the Old Treasury Building, Parliament House and the Princess Theatre.
The tram runs in a circle every ten minutes in both directions.
I thought that transportation would be an appropriate place to put this tip on the Immigration Museum, which has plenty of information on how everyone except the Aboriginals got here to Australia. Plane, Boat, raft.... in the end everything ended up the same.... Australian citizens!
Plan on about 30-45 minutes minimum.
I love the tram system in Melboure, it has to be the best city transport system in Australia. Ticketing is easy to understand and relatively affordable. Day tickets and multi trip tickets are best value but remember you need to buy them before you board the tram.
The free city circle tram is a great way to get to know the layout of the city and goes past many of the major attractions. The free tram is brown as opposed to the regular green ones. It loops around the city every 10 mins or so I think.
This is an excellent way to orientate yourself to the layout of the CBD in an inexpensive way. Well it's FREE so it can't be any less expensive can it? lol!
Keep your eyes peeled for the Burgundy coloured tram as it's the only FREE one. All the others you have to pay for.
It follows a set route around which is not a circle at all, but a long rectangle. You can pick it up anywhere along Flinders Street, Spring Street (where the accompanying pic is, just opposite Parliament House), Latrobe Street & Harbour Esplanade.
Check the website below for more specific details such as where the stops are so you know which is closest to where you are staying.
Make sure you avail yourself of this free service & not only because it's free, but just as importantly because Trams have been a part of Melbourne's public transport system for absolute yonks & you'll be travelling with locals out shopping or working as well as other travellers.
This pic is n ot one of my own, but scanned from a leaflet so it's not as good quality as my normal photos.
This is the best way to get around central Melbourne and the best thing about it is that the service is FREE!
It's easy to catch the tram, just wait at any of the specially marked stops on the route. The trams run in both directions every ten minutes or so, seven days a week between 10:00am and 6:00pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday), and during daylight saving hours, 10:00am to 9:00pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
As well as a commentary on board to let you know where you are and what attractions are near by to each stop, there are also free maps you can pick up on board.
The City Circle Tram route is a free hop-on hop-off service for tourists. Each tram has a conductor who will describe the area the tram is currently passing though. The trams used on the City Circle route are historic w-class trams.
The City Circle Trams travel around the Central Business District (CBD) and links with other tram, train and light-rail routes in and around Melbourne, so no matter where you are travelling from or to, you still have quick easy access to the tram. It will take you past attractions such as the Old Treasury Building, Parliament House, the MCG, Flinders Street railway station and The Princess Theatre.
Melbourne has a very good public transport system. Like most systems, it has it's flaws, but on the whole, Melbourne's public transport is efficient and clean.
One of the best things about Melbourne's public transport system is that it is a complete system. Tickets for all buses, trains and trams are able to be used on any of the three forms of transport (ie. you do not require a different ticket for the train if you just bought one for the bus, etc.). It makes travelling on public transport better value for money, as you are not doubling up on tickets that will only be used once.
Pricing of tickets can be obtained from www.victrip.com.au/metcard/ . The fee structure is as follows:
2 Hour (full fare)
Zone 1 - $3.00
Zone 2 - $2.20
Zone 3 - $2.20
Zone 1&2 - $5.00
Zone 2&3 - $4.00
Zone 1&2&3 - $7.00
2 Hour (concession)
Zone 1 - $1.70
Zone 2 - $1.20
Zone 3 - $1.20
Zone 1&2 - $2.60
Zone 2&3 - $2.20
Zone 1&2&3 - $3.50
Daily (full fare)
Zone 1 - $5.80
Zone 2 - $4.00
Zone 3 - $4.00
Zone 1&2 - $9.40
Zone 2&3 - $7.80
Zone 1&2&3 - $12.30
Zone 1 - $3.00
Zone 2 - $2.20
Zone 3 - $2.20
Zone 1&2 - $4.80
Zone 2&3 - $4.00
Zone 1&2&3 - $5.40
You can also get Weekly, Monthly and Yearly tickets, as well as 60+, Off-peak Saver, and Student Passes. The prices for these are on the website listed above.
Trains, trams and buses:
To access a detailed train, tram and bus route map for all zones, please see
http://www.victrip.com.au/transport_maps/public_transport_map.php and click on the "OPEN PUBLIC TRANSPORT MAP (IN NEW WINDOW)" link.
Melbourne has an excellent public transportation system. Metcards are the tickets you buy to travel around Melbourne on a tram, train, or bus. You can purchase them directly on the transportation vehicle, on the Internet, or other locations throughout the city. They are good on all 3 modes of transportation.
You can get many different combinations of tickets, all considering zones and length of time. If you are only traveling in the CBD and near suburbs, you will be safe with a Zone 1 ticket.
If you will be in Melbourne for a few days or a week, I would recommend getting daily tickets or a weekly ticket to save money, because chances are you will be taking public transportation every day.
One way for tourists to visit the many attractions of Melbourne is to ride the City Circle tram. This free to use tram service stops at attractions such as the Federation Square, Queen Victoria Market, Shrine of Rememberance and Docklands just to name a few. You can easily recognize the tram by it's brown color. Inside the tram there is a recorded commentary of each stop including interesting trivia from the attractions. This service has a limited hours of operation and usually ends at early evening.