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Public Transportation in Melbourne

Mastering the public transportation system in Melbourne is a crucial aspect of adapting to life there. This article provides a detailed overview of the available local transit options.
|-Public Transportation in Melbourne

Melbourne is a bustling city with a comprehensive public transportation system that includes trams, trains, and buses. The city’s public transportation is managed by Public Transport Victoria (PTV), and it’s quite possible for an expat living in Melbourne to comfortably live without a car, relying on the public transportation system and walking. The city’s public transportation is not only efficient but also safe and affordable, making it a viable option for daily commuting.


The Melbourne tram network, operated by Yarra Trams, is one of the largest and most iconic in the world. With over 250 kilometers of track, it covers a large part of the city and its suburbs. Trams are a safe and convenient way to travel, even at night, with frequent services and well-lit stops. Women traveling alone, as well as children, can feel secure using the tram system. A single fare costs around $4.50 AUD, and you can travel as much as you want within two hours. The tram network is extensive, with routes covering the city center and extending to the suburbs. The City Circle Tram, a free service, is particularly popular with tourists as it loops around the city’s main attractions.


Melbourne’s train network, run by Metro Trains Melbourne, is another key component of the city’s public transportation system. The network is extensive, with 16 lines and over 200 stations, covering the city and many of its suburbs. Trains are generally safe to use, with security personnel and CCTV cameras present at many stations. The cost of a train ride is the same as a tram ride, with a single fare costing around $4.50 AUD. The train network operates from early morning until midnight, with a Night Network service running on Friday and Saturday nights.


Buses in Melbourne, operated by various companies under the coordination of PTV, complement the tram and train services by covering areas not reached by these modes of transport. Buses are safe and reliable, with many routes operating seven days a week from early morning until late at night. The fare structure is the same as for trams and trains, making it easy to switch between different modes of transport. Some bus routes also form part of the Night Network, providing late-night services on weekends.


Myki is the ticketing system used across Melbourne’s public transport network. It’s a reusable smart card that you top up with money to pay for your travel. You can use myki on trams, trains, and buses, making it a convenient and cost-effective way to get around the city. Myki cards can be purchased and topped up at various locations, including train stations, retail outlets, and online.

Bike Share

For those who prefer a more active mode of transport, Melbourne also has a bike share system. Melbourne Bike Share is a great way to get around the city, with over 50 stations and 600 bikes available. It’s a safe and affordable option, with helmets provided at all stations. A daily pass costs just $3 AUD, and the first 30 minutes of each ride are free.

In conclusion, Melbourne’s public transportation system is comprehensive, safe, and affordable. Whether you’re commuting to work, exploring the city, or just getting from A to B, you can rely on trams, trains, and buses to get you there. With the convenience of the myki card and the added option of bike share, it’s entirely possible to live in Melbourne without a car.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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