Trains are constant from 6am to 12:00am, 7 days per week. You can find fare, station and timetable information online as per the website link below.
The train network in Melbourne and it's surrounding suburbs is extensive and it is easy to get around. A daily ticket for full fare travel is around $7 for unlimited travel on all trains, trams and buses.
There is also a free tourist tram that runs around the CBD of Melbourne. Loook for the Maroon colored tram with "City Circle" sign.
Map is found here:
Melbourne's busiest railway station. In 1926 it was the world's busiest passenger station. It remains a prominent Melbourne landmark and meeting place.
The Melburnian idiom "I'll meet you under the clocks" refers to the row of clocks above the main entrance, which indicate the departure time of the next train on each line. This is a popular meeting place, at the intersection of two of the city's busiest thoroughfares. The station is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
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.