Melbourne has often been ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world and the ease of finding your way around is a part of what makes this city so appealing and most of our properties are within easy walking distance of a bus, tram, or train.
A great way to orientate yourself around Melbourne CBD is to hop on one of the City Circle trams. They loop the city centre every 12 mins. in both directions. The entire circuit takes approx. 48 mins. These trams are restored old trams and are painted maroon with gold tri - listen carefully for the historical commentary as you travel. The best thing is that these trams are free and take you close to many of Melbourne's tourist spots, i.e. Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Gaol, Docklands.
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.
The transport system is divided into three zones, zone 1 (being the inner city area), zone 2 (the outer suburbs), or both. They are sold as a 2hr or a full day ticket and either full fare or concession (child tickets up to 16 y.o. are considered concession).There are also 10X2hr and 10X full day, weekly, monthly, and yearly tickets.
You can purchase your myki at premium train stations, retail outlets displaying the myki sign (including 7-Elevens), online, or by calling 1800 800 007 (free from a land line) in Australia.
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 in the central business district: Southern Cross Station, Flagstaff, Melbourne Central, Parliament and Flinders Street. Southern Cross Station is Melbourne's hub for regional and interstate trains. Plan your trip online.
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. Travel within the central area of Melbourne by tram is free, though you will need a myki card if you plan to start or finish your journey outside of this central area. For more information on the area covered by the Free Tram Zone and a downloadable map, go to Public Transport Victoria website.
Outside of the Free Tram Zone, Melbourne has two transit zones (1 and 2), with a single price to travel across both. It is cheaper to travel in Zone 2 only. Train travel completed before 7.00am on a weekday is free. For more information on ticketing and timetables.
Melbourne buses run frequently to major hubs, including shopping centres, schools, hospitals, leisure and sports venues, and some of Melbourne's biggest attractions. For people travelling further afield, Victoria's V/Line service gives access to regional towns and scenic attractions across the state.
View the Inner Melbourne Map for an overview of tram, train and bus routes, parks, landmarks and attractions, bike paths and walking trails. Street and transport maps are also displayed on the wall at many train stations, at tram and bus shelters and are available from Visitor Inforrmation Centres. Visit Melbourne has loads of helpful information for your travels around Melbourne including suggested attractions, things to do, events, itineraries, food and dining, and walking trails. On your mobile device use the 'Nearby' mode on the Visit Melbourne website for a mapped list of attractions, shops, food and wine options close to your current location while you're out and about.
Taxi and Uber
Melbourne taxis are easy to spot, as they display a lamp on the cab roof and most are painted yellow, silver or white. You can book taxi cab pick up for a set location, or take one from a cab rank at signposted spots. You may also hail a taxi in the street. If the rooftop lamp is lit, the taxi is usually unoccupied and available for hire.
Rideshare trips with the Uber app are also increasingly popular in Melbourne. The app shows a fare estimate, the driver's picture, vehicle details, and tracks the trip on a map.