Melbourne has an excellent public transport system, referred to as The Met. It comprises a train, tram and bus network. A system of private bus routes is also in operation.
If you work in the city and live close enough to a station you may like to make use of the train on a daily basis. Some stations also have carparks. The journey usually takes half the time it does in a car during peak hours. Casual parking in the city is $6.50 upwards per day (usually around $10 per day) and if travelling on the South Eastern freeway, you have a toll fee to pay too.
City Circle Tram
To see some of the Melbourne CBD, board the burgundy City Circle Tram (picured left in front of Flinders Street Station) that runs a 30 min loop around downtown Melbourne along Flinders, Spencer and LaTrobe Streets. It runs every 10 minutes in both directions from 10am to 6pm every day of the week and is free of charge. (Not available Christmas Day or Good Friday)
The Met distributes a City and Suburbs Travel Guide available from selected newsagents, the City Met Shop and on their website. Hire A Bus in Melbourne
There are 3 fare zones in Melbourne. There are also 2 hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, annual and concession tickets covering all zones. The cost of a Zone 1 Adult daily return ticket is $5.10. Concession tickets (students & pensioners, under 15’s and other concession cardholders) are available, as are short trip tickets and discounts for purchasing weekly, monthly or annually. Children under 4 travel free.
The ticketing system is fully automated and enables you to travel between trains, trams and buses on one ticket (as long as you are in the correct zone). Tickets may be purchased at train stations, on board buses and trams, at many newsagents and other selected retail outlets, as well as The City Met Shop. You must validate your ticket in a machine prior to boarding your train or immediately on boarding a tram or bus.