A comprehensive transport system of trams, trains and buses lets you easily travel from home to university or college and back again.
Trains, trams and buses (public transport) will take you where you want to go. Transport Victoria is the transport provider for inner city Melbourne while V/Line is the provider for the areas outside of Melbourne such as country or regional towns and cities.
Use the journey planner to work out the best route for your regular journeys to study or work. Most transport services end around midnight.
A myki card lets you travel on any mode of public transport.
The transport network is divided into two zones, representing inner (zone 1) and outer (zone 2) Melbourne.
Myki (pronounced 'my-key') is a travel card that lets you travel on trains, trams and buses. The cost of the fare depends on how far you travel and on the time it takes you to travel.
You will first need to buy a myki card ($6 full fare) which you keep and add money to as you need it.
You can purchase a card online by calling 13 6954; or from:
- Some metropolitan train stations
- Almost 800 retail outlets (including 7-Eleven)
- From a myki machine (full fare only) at all metro train stations, some tram stops and bus interchanges.
- The myki discovery centre at Southern Cross Centre
- The PTV Hub Swanston Street (corner of Little Collins and Swanston Street)
- A regional myki retail outlet
When you add money, you should work out which is the best of these two options for you:
- myki money (a $ amount) which means that you ‘pay as you go’ – this option is good if you take multiple trips at different times of the day, throughout the week
- myki pass (travel days). This option is best for those who travel regularly.
To add monetary value to the card, use:
- a myki machine (located at some tram stops and train stations)
- the ticket seller using cash or credit cards
- the call centre using your credit card (call 13 6954)
- online using electronic funds transfer, or your credit card
How to use myki
- 'Touch on’. Touch your myki card to the centre of the card reader at the beginning of your trip. Listen for the beep and the green light to indicate you have touched on.
- ‘Touch off' at the end of your trip by holding your card at the centre of myki reader, so that myki can calculate your fare.
- Myki will automatically deduct the fare cost from your myki card. Your myki account balance is displayed on the screen when you touch on or off using the myki reader or by checking the value on a myki machine.
Remember: Always ‘touch on’ and ‘touch off’ for each journey on train, tram or bus. Travellers without a valid myki may be fined.
Public transport concessions
Please note that most international students are not eligible for concession cards. Students may be eligible for a concession card if they are studying as part of a recognised exchange program, if they have refugee status or if they hold an Australian Development Scholarship.
Fee-paying international students are not entitled to concession fares on public transport.
Regional Victoria's public transport (V/line)
Victoria has a network of regional (country area) public transport (www.vline.com.au) including buses and trains for travel around and between regional towns and for travel to Melbourne.
V/Line is the largest provider of train and bus services and the V/Line ticketing system operates on these services.
Regional train services operate between Melbourne and key regional centres including:
- Albury / Wodonga
- Swan Hill
You can plan your journey and book your V/Line trip online.
Getting to and from Melbourne International Airport
A regular bus operates between Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) and Southern Cross Station in Melbourne’s city centre. SkyBus runs every 10 minutes during peak times and no bookings are required. Tickets can be bought online before you travel and are valid for three months from the date of purchase.
From Southern Cross Station you can catch trains and buses to a number of destinations around Melbourne and rural Victoria. Some tram services also stop outside this station.
Taxis are located outside main Melbourne Airport entrances. Special taxi queuing areas are marked. Taxis are registered and operate within strict guidelines. They use a ‘flagfall’ or initial charge and then charge per distance at set fees. An online fare estimator may help you.