Melbourne public transport network consists of trains, trams and buses. MYKI is the ticket to travel the public transport network, which is accepted in all the three above said modes of public transport.
There are two most popular ways to get a Myki.
1. Myki can be purchased from machines at train stations, select newsagencies and from certain tram stops with machines. Myki card can be topped up from huge range of shops including 7 -11 shops and railway stations and buses. A Myki card costs $6 and needs to be topped up for travel.
Registering your Myki card has many benefits like, accessing travel history, auto top-up provision and to protect the balance when the Myki is lost or stolen. Since one person can register upto 8 Myki cards in their name, it is easier to manage all family members cards and even guests.
You can register your myki online or by calling 1800 800 007, and registration is instant. You’ll need your 15-digit myki number to register.
Details are available here https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/register-your-myki/
2. Another way is to use a Mobile Myki.
To enable Mobile Myki turn on near-field communication (NFC) in your phone. You should be using Android operating system 5.0 or higher. Go to Settings > Connected devices. If NFC is listed, turn it on.
To use Mobile Myki in your phone, first you need to download, Google PayTM (should be aged above 16 to use PayTM). Follow the instructions within Google PayTM to set up your payment card. You need to have a Visa or Master Card. Go to Passes. Tap the blue + Pass button and select Public transport. After choosing Myki, choose myki Money or myki Pass.
How to plan your journey?
Download public Transport Victoria App to your mobile and journey planner is an excellent way to plan your public transport journey. The app will suggest a mixture of train, tram and buses to complete your journey depending on your location and destination.
Alternatively, you can use Public Transport Victoria Website. https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/
Public Transport Victoria website has all the resources including maps, tickets info, journey planner and information on refunds and compensation.
Travel concessions and Free Travel
Melbourne’s public transport network allows concessional fares to people belonging in these categories
Asylum seekers, Children, Pensioners, Seniors Card holders, Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment recipients, Health Care Card holders, DHHS Carer Card holders, School students, Tertiary students, International students, War veterans and war widow(er)s
For details on concessional and free travel in PTV visit the link: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/concessions-and-free-travel/
Melbourne public transport runs all night on weekends. Details can be accessed from here
Free Tram Services
The City Circle also known as the free tourist tram is a convenient way to see central Melbourne free of charge. It circles the city through major attractions including Melbourne Museum, Parliament House, State Library Victoria, Docklands, Federation Square, SEA Life Melbourne Aquarium and the Princess Theatre. An audio commentary of the locations is also provided. It runs all year excluding Christmas day and Good Friday.
Trams operate in both directions approximately every 20 minutes between 10am and 6pm from Sunday to Wednesday and between 10am and 9pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Apart from that, Melbourne Free Tram Travel zone spans from Melbourne CBD to Docklands. If the tram travels outside the free travel zone, passengers have to touch on their Myki or risk hefty fines for not having a valid ticket.
In trams, once you reach your destination, you don’t have to touch off your Myki card. Once you touched on you will be charged two-hour fare and you can use as much public transport in those two hours. If you make more trips within the day, you will be charged daily fare.
V Line is Melbourne’s answer to regional city and interstate travel. All V Line services connect at Southern Cross Station. Not all VLine services use Myki.