Melbourne Daily Photo

Hello, I created this blog because Melbourne is my city and I want people to see what a beautiful place it is. So come with me on a journey of discovery as we traverse the dining precincts, the culture, the laneways and hidden gems that make Melbourne marvellous.

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Flinders Street Station is on the corner of Flinders Street and Swanston Street and is the hub of Melbourne's train system with all Metropolitan trains starting and finishing there.
Southern Cross Station located on Spencer Street is the hub of interstate and country (regional) trains.

City Loop
Melbourne's underground system is called the City Loop and has three underground stations - Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament. These three along with Flinders Street and Southern Cross service the CBD. It should be noted Flagstaff is non-operational at weekends.
There are 15 train lines going to the outer suburbs and stations are linked to trams and/or buses.

Trains run from around 5.00am to 1.00am Monday to Saturday and 8.00am to midnight Sundays. The Public Transport Victoria website provides more detailed information. Use their Journey Planner to work out and plan your trips.

Melbourne now uses Myki (similar to London's Oyster card or Hong Kong's Octopus). Myki cards can be purchased at at 7 Eleven stores and Premium train stations. Currently an adult Myki is $6, concession $3.

Useful Links
Using Public Transport


Train map and stops

Journey Planner

Public Transport Network Maps:
Scroll down the page for six maps - trains, trams, City Circle, V/Line myki commuter services, NightRider and Smart Bus.

Accessible Transport

Melbourne is famous for its trams and is home to the largest tram network in the world and is a major form of public transport, and has 245 km of tram tracks, 500 trams and 1,813 tram stops and has around 178 million passenger trips a year.

Trams are a great way to explore the city, the inner suburbs including St. Kilda beach. Head south to South Yarra or T'rak Village, or north to Fitzroy or Carlton. Which ever route you choose, trams are an excellent choice - no bumpy roads or potholes to contend with.
Our trams run on tram tracks in the middle of the road and tram service times are similar to those of our trains.

Melbourne Tram Network Map

Tickets can be purchased on board, or on buses and at railway stations. Tram stops are sign-posted displaying route number and stop number.
Further information can be found at Yarra Trams.

The bright orange and white Melbourne City tourist shuttle bus used to be free but is now $5 for adults and children under 10 free, and runs daily every 30 minutes from 9.30am to 4.30pm (excluding Christmas Day and Good Friday). It takes you around the city of Melbourne stopping at 13 key tourist attractions and destinations in and around the city of Melbourne.
From Chinatown to the Shrine of Remembrance, to the Queen Vic to the Sports complex, it is a good way of seeing Melbourne without being hampered by which bus, which tram.
So look out for the bright orange sign for the stops and take the ease out of navigating your way around a major city.

Catch the bus at Stop 2 which is opposite the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square at the corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets.

Stop 1. Arts Precinct
Stop 2. Federation Square
Stop 3. Sports Precinct
Stop 4. Chinatown Precinct
Stop 5. Melbourne Museum and Carlton Gardens
Stop 6. Lygon Street Precinct
Stop 7. University of Melbourne
Stop 8. Queen Victoria Market
Stop 9. Waterfront City, Docklands
Stop 10. Docklands Stadium & Victoria Harbour
Stop 11. William Street
Stop 12. Southbank & Yarra River
Stop 13. The Shrine and Royal Botanic Gardens

Click here for the Tourist Shuttle Bus Route map. More information can be found at the Visitor Information Centre and the Melbourne Visitor Booth in the Bourke Street. Melbourne Visitor Shuttle

Our free City Circle trams run along Flinders Street, up Spring St. across La Trobe St. down to Waterfront City, along Harbour Esplanade and back up Flinders St. They run every 12 minutes and go in both clock-wise and anti-clockwise direction. It's a great way to navigate the city and see some of Melbourne's sights.

Tram Route
For a larger map, please click here City Circle Tram Route
City Circle Timetable

Melbourne launched its new Bike Share Program in June this year (2010) - you can hire one of these bikes for $2.50 a day. Weekly rate is $8.00 and a yearly rate is $50.00. The only downside is you must provide your own helmet. It is illegal to ride a bicycle without a helmet. More information can be found at Melbourne Bike Share or by telephoning 1300 711 590.

NightRider buses travel between the city (City Square, Swanston Street) and Melbourne's outer suburbs every 30 minutes between 1.30am – 4.30am on Saturdays and 1.30am – 5.30am on Sundays. Normal Metcard fares apply. A 2 hour Metcard validated after 6pm can be used until 3am.

On board public phones are available so you can call a taxi or a friend to collect you from the bus stop. Melbourne Nightrider Network Map

Melbourne is an easy city to navigate - it was laid out in a grid with straight lines up/down and across. Streets running east/west starting from Flinders Street and heading north are:

Flinders Street
Flinders Lane
Collins Street
Little Collins Street
Bourke Street
Little Bourke Street
Lonsdale Street
Little Lonsdale Street
La Trobe Street.

Flinders Lane and the streets that have 'Little' in them are narrow roads and are all one way.

Streets running north/south and beginning with Spencer Street heading east are:

Spencer Street
King Street
William Street
Queen Street
Elizabeth Street
Swanston Street
Russell Street
Exhibition Street
Spring Street.

Trams run along Flinders Street, Collins Street and Bourke Street.
And also along Spencer Street, Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street.

Melbourne Daily Photo

Hello, I created this blog because Melbourne is my city and I want people to see what a beautiful place it is. So come with me on a journey of discovery as we traverse the dining precincts, the culture, the laneways and hidden gems that make Melbourne marvellous.