Trams in Melbourne are free

Tips for free trams in Melbourne

In Melbourne city center, the fastest and cheapest way to travel is by tram - which is even free in the city center.

Public transport is very well developed in Melbourne, and the trams in particular are ideal for exploring the city center with its many attractions. Anyone who has booked their hotel near a tram stop is therefore strategically best located.

Until the end of 2014, only the historic No. 35 tram was available in Melbourne for free public transport, making its rounds around the city center.

Since January 1, 2015, all trams in the following area have been free of charge around the clock:

Melbourne city center's free tram zone will be in the north bounded by La Trobe St, but you can continue to the Victoria Markets and the giant edge at Docklands.

in the west and in south The free tram zone ends on the banks of the Yarra River, with highlights such as the Victoria Harbor promenade, the Melbourne Aquarium and the must-see Federation Square (> more here).

direction east you can take any tram to Spring St. free of charge.

Myki - Melbourne electronic travel ticket

If you get on or off the tram outside of the area shown on the map, you can only do this with a previously purchased ticket. It is not possible to buy a ticket from the driver.

So if you have booked an accommodation outside the inner city zone in Melbourne, it is worthwhile to buy a "Myki" card in advance at the airport or at the arrival station in Melbourne. This is an electronic ticket that can later be topped up with cash or a credit card at many stops in Melbourne. A one-way ticket starts at $ 2.60.

Melbourne’s historic tram

The best way to travel in Melbourne is with the eye-catching historic tram - or "Tram" No. 35 (City Circle - Free Tourist Tram). The tram goes around the city center and stops at all major highlights.

In contrast to the other trams in the city, which only give the name of the next stop, if at all, a trained speaker explains more about the attractions that can be reached from the next stop before each stop.

The historic City Circle Tram No. 35 runs every 12 minutes between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Sunday to Wednesday, and the rest of the week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The train runs clockwise as well as counterclockwise.

The best highlights of Melbourne accessible by public transport

Tram 35 route begins at Waterfront City in Docklands, passes Victoria Harbor's Central Pier (Docklands) and Etihad Stadium, which is used for major music and sporting events.

The route then bends on the Flinders St With Melbourne Aquarium (> more about this here) and the historic train station of Flinders St Station as well as to the remarkable Federation Square, which is surrounded by museums.

At the Spring St continue north, past the Treasury Building, which houses a museum detailing the history of the city and the gold prospectors of Victoria. This is followed by the Parliament of Victoria.

Unesco World Heritage in the middle of Melbourne

The City Circle Tram No. 35 now turns diagonally left onto Victoria St. Here you can visit the Unesco World Heritage listed Carlton Gardons with the Royal Exhibition Building, with the Melbourne Museum and IMAX cinema next door.

About the La Trobe Street it is now back towards Docklands. If you have the Victoria Markets (> more about this here) you can get off at Queen St and then walk 2 more blocks.

Flagstaff Gardens (a park) is also on La Trobe St.

The historic tour with the City Circle Tram No. 35 now ends again at Docklands, which is crowned by a Ferris wheel. And there is also a T-Rex dinosaur not far from the Ferris wheel ticket booth.

All of these highlights can be viewed comfortably and free of charge with the City Circle Tram No. 35.


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