"One ticket all the way" Public Transportation Tip by lchelle
Public Transportation, Melbourne: 17 reviews and 15 photos
okay, well melbourne has (in my opinion anyway), one of the easiest public transport ticketing systems going!
all you have to know is how to understand the zones. melbourne has three zones: zone 1 is coloured yellow on the map and is the city centre. zone 2 is coloured blue on the map and is the suburbs immediately outside of melbourne. zone 3 is coloured red on the map and is the outlying suburbs. anything beyond these colours requires a different ticket.
so depending on how far you want to go, and where you are starting from, you choose your zones. the station you buy your ticket at usually has a sign up saying ' you are in zone ....'. but if it doesnt, anyone there will know. then just select how long you want your ticket to last for : 2 hours, 10 lots of 2 hours, all day, week or month. easy. then just feed the money into the machine.
sounds complicated? its not. if you hold a International Student Card you can get the concession fair, if you dont, then hit the button marked adult fare. the screen will help you out with instructions.
this will take you on every tram, bus, and train in melbourne until your time frame expires.
just validate every time you get on a tram, bus or train (upright grey units on stations, green boxes on buses and trams - put it in arrow first, and wait for the machine to spit it back out)
if you are found without a valid ticket you can be fined about AUD$165.
be careful out there!
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