Melbourne is a sprawling city with a wide-reaching public transport network and several strategically positioned tollways to get you across the city. Melbourne’s public transport(PT) consists of trains, trams and buses. The ability to rely on PT as your primary form of transport tends to depend on how close you live to the train lines, as the train system is the most efficient means of covering a longer distance. It’s also important to factor in how accessible the schools in your area are on PT. This is something you should discuss with your consultant.
General PT site:
You can set up an automatic top up of your myki, otherwise you can top up at train stations, selected stops, all 7-Elevens, online and at other various shops.
Mobile Myki Tip!
Android users can use a digital myki, find out how to set it up here: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/mobile-myki/
Train Station Tip!
When at train stations (and anywhere else with escalators, like shopping centres) the convention is to stand on the left and walk on the right.
When taking a tram you’ll need to keep an eye on which stops you are going past. Some drivers might announce the stop but it’s not guaranteed. Older trams are fitted with a cord (which runs along the length of the tram near the ceiling) to pull to indicate to the driver you are wanting the next stop. Newer trams have buttons, generally located near the doors. Pulling the cord or pressing the button will activate a buzzer and light up the next stop light.
Free Tram Zone Tip!
The tram network within Melbourne’s CBD is classed a Free Tram Zone meaning you don’t need to use a Myki to ride the tram with the zone, there are lots of signs around to help you keep track. Here is the map!
Plan your trip with Journey Planner:
Take the Bus:
Buses don’t automatically stop except at major stops, to be safe, always make sure you or someone else has pressed the stop button prior to reaching where you need to go. Like trams you should hear a noise and see a light at the front of the bus to show the driver knows to stop.
UberPool Map for a cheaper way to ride share:
If you are coming long-term or interested in living in an area not well connected to the train network you may need to investigate the ins and outs of driving in Australia and all that could involve.
Driving in the city:
Driving in Melbourne brings a unique challenge…hook turns. Due to the presence of tram lines, when driving through the CBD you may need to perform a hook turn (turning right from the left-hand side of the intersection). These intersections will be clearly marked and provide an instructional diagram which helps with your road positioning. Some even have a light which helps you time the turn correctly. There are plenty of people who go out of their way to avoid these turns however if you stay calm, follow the signs and wait for the right time they are very manageable!
Driving in Australia:
Buying or renting a car:
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If you like to combine your exercise routine with your commute you might like to consider another option, riding a bike. There are some fantastic bike paths connecting the leafy suburbs to the park filled CBD and Melbourne is becoming increasingly cyclist friendly with an the introduction of curb protected bike lanes in the inner city.
Riding to work Tip!
Make sure you are prepared for your ride. Have a backpack that won’t leave you with back sweat. While you should plan for not being able to shower, be prepared just in case you can. Arrive early enough to fit one in, have a microfibre towel (for quick drying), deodorant, wrinkle free clothes and anything else you will need.
And a final tip provided by one of our wonderful international teachers is the App, City Mapper: