Getting Around in Melbourne

Getting around Melbourne is easy
Getting around in Melbourne is easy thanks to an efficient public transport system that includes rail, tram and bus services. The wealth of options available really helps new arrivals get to grips with the metropolis.

However, those living in some of the more isolated suburbs of Melbourne might find it handy to have their own vehicle. Expats should research transport options thoroughly when considering where to live in Melbourne.
 

Public transport in Melbourne

 
Melbourne has an integrated public transport ticketing system which is based on the use of a contactless, reusable smartcard. The Myki smart card can be used on all of Melbourne’s trains, trams or buses.

Commuters can store a weekly, monthly or annual Myki pass on the smart card, or they can load the card with Myki money which can be used to pay for single journeys. When one's Myki money balance gets low or when the pass runs out, commuters simply top up at a station or Myki vendor.

Tram

Melbourne has the world’s largest tram network with around 500 trams running on 28 routes and servicing almost 2,000 tram stops.

Trams in Melbourne are frequent, although the trams that service areas further away from the city centre tend to be somewhat less frequent. In the city centre, there is a "Free Tram Zone" where passage on the tram is free of charge.

There are currently six tram routes which operate throughout the night on weekends, known as "Night Trams". Night Trams are part of the city's Night Network which also includes trains and buses running through the night.
 

Trains 

Melbourne’s rail network consists of 16 railway lines and over 200 stations. These trains arrive every 10 to 15 minutes during peak hours.

There are also seven passenger railway lines which connect Melbourne to various towns and cities in Victoria. The centre of this regional passenger rail network is Southern Cross Station in Melbourne’s city centre.
 

Bus

The bus network in Melbourne consists of buses operated by over 50 different bus companies under a franchise from the state government. There are almost 300 bus routes in operation, some of which provide transport for the outer suburbs of Melbourne that aren't reached by train and tram services.

Expats may also find that there are some free local community bus services with the local areas.
 

Taxis in Melbourne


Melbourne has a fleet of around 4,000 bright yellow taxis which operate according to a meter system. Fares are regulated by the government, so there's no risk of being overcharged, but taxis are still definitely the city’s most expensive mode of transport.

There can sometimes be an issue with taxi availability, especially during peak hours, so for those who know where they are going, it is best to pre-book ahead of time.
 

Driving in Melbourne


Expats living further away from Melbourne’s inner city will find having a car quite handy. However, Melbourne’s highways and roads become very congested during peak hours.

Driving in Melbourne is fairly straightforward, especially for those who are used to driving on the left-hand side of the road. One difference which expats might need to get used to, though, is sharing the road with tram services.

Expat drivers will be pleased to know that parking is not a problem in Melbourne. The city has over 70,000 parking spaces available. While most of the inner-city streets have metered parking, parking is easy to find and very safe.
 

Cycling in Melbourne

 
Melbourne is a cycle-friendly city and has an extensive network of bicycle paths and cycle lanes on the roads. These are utilised regularly for commuting to and from work, and for recreation.

Melbourne also has an innovative bicycle-sharing system which can be useful for occasional cyclists.

Helmets are compulsory for all cyclists in Melbourne, and expats would do well to follow this rule or else they'll find themselves facing a fine.

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