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City Circle Tram

The City Circle Tram was first introduced for the convenience of tourists in Melbourne. This free transport is incredibly useful to the many families who visit Melbourne every year; running daily along the city cbd circuit that covers all major Melbourne attractions.

Passengers are welcome to hop on and off at any of the stops along the route, and visitors will also be happy to know that the tram also has free commentary in English. The pre-recorded commentary will give you an overview of the historic landmarks and their significance to the city of Melbourne.

Free Melbourne City Circle Tram, CBD Route Map & PDF Timetable

Passengers can get off the tram and explore the local tourist attractions. A pdf map of the City Circle Tram route can also be found below.

There is no need for a timetable, as the tram arrives at designated stops every 12 minutes and runs from 10am to 6pm on weekdays and til 9pm on weekends.

Unlike other trams, the City Circle Tram is reddish-brownish in color, making it easily distinguishable from the normal trams (which aren’t free) – you’ll also see the name “City Circle Tram” on it.

The tram route includes stops along La Trobe St, Spring st, the Docklands and Harbour Esplanade. Visitors often get off at Waterfront City to enjoy gourmet dining, shopping and many other activities.

Points of interest along the route include the Old Melbourne Gaol, the Melbourne Aquarium, The District Docklands (formerly Harbour Town), the Immigration Museum, Federation Square and the Docklands.

Address
See route map in image above.
Melbourne, VIC

Operating Hours
Approx 9am - 9pm

Phone
1800 800 007

Ticket Prices / Admission
Free

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  • Hi,
    We are attending a wedding on January 27th. We arrive in Melbourne the day before, 26th, Australia Day. We intend to park in a parking station close to NewQuay Piazza Docklands, about 3:00 p.m. Can you please advise what tram/trams we need to catch to get us from Docklands, to stop 19 on St Kilda Road, opposite the Shrine of Rememberance. We were hoping to visit Government House, before returning to Docklands for Diner and to enjoy the nights festivities.
    Please Advise.
    Kind Regards,
    James
    ******

    • Hi James,

      From New Quay, hop on a tram 30, 35, 70, 75 or 86 which will take you up to Flinders Street Station. Get off there and change to a route 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 or 72 which will stop at the Shrine of Remembrance.

      However, just note that the Australia Day Parade may impact on the tram timetable as the parade runs up Swanston Street and St. Kilda Road. Depending on the time you choose to visit, trams may not run during the parade times (typically between 9am-12pm).

      Have a wonderful time in Melbourne and at the wedding!

      Best regards,
      Jess

  • We are arriving at 9pm on a Friday night in Nov. Can we get to Doubletree Hilton on Flinders via public transport at that arrival time? And do you know if there are luggage restrictions on trains/trams? There’s 3 passengers – 2 adults, 1 baby.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Ian,

      No luggage restrictions, but some of the older trams have 2-3 stairs to navigate up into them. Most of the modern trams and trains are level with the stop, so you should have no difficulty rolling luggage or a pram onto them.

      As for getting to your hotel, there are trains and trams that run all night and lucky for you, your hotel is right opposite the main travel hub in Melbourne, Flinders Street Station. You don’t mention where you are travelling from, but if you are arriving at the airport, either take the Skybus or a taxi into the city. The Skybus will take you to Spencer Street Station and you can board a train to Flinders Street Station from there.

      Best regards,
      Jess

    • Hi Ian,

      The closest City Circle tram stop to your hotel is on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Latrobe Streets. You will then need to walk 2.5 blocks to get to your hotel (5 minute walk).

      Just note that any Melbourne tram is free within the “Free Tram Zone” in Melbourne, so you don’t necessarily need to wait for the City Circle. I would catch a tram up to the Queen Victoria Market and get off there. You will only be a short 2 minute walk from your hotel. Look out for the #19, #57, #59 trams running up Elizabeth Street. They will be free right up to the Queen Victoria Market, so no need to purchase a ticket!

      Have a great time in Melbourne!
      Jess

      • Thank you for the great advice regarding the ‘Free Tram Zone’.
        We would also like to visit Punt Road Oval and Swan Street Richmond, is there a tram route we can use or is a train from Flinders Street Station to Richmond Station better?

        Thank you.

        • Hi Ian,

          The Free Tram Zone doesn’t extend as far as Richmond, so you will need to purchase a Myki card from a train station (Flinders Street Station have customer service agents who can assist you). They cost $6.00 to purchase (unfortunately) and then you will need to put around $8.20 for a daily fare which will give you unlimited travel on that day. I think there are “Tourist” cards called “Myki Explorer” which are available for around $15.00 and come already loaded with unlimited day of travel on trains, trams and buses.

          To get to Richmond from Flinders Street station, catch the number 70 tram on Flinders Street (the stop in between the station and the Young and Jackson Hotel, head left as you walk out the main entrance on the corner). Make sure you touch on with your Myki card. Alternatively, you can also use the Myki card to catch a train straight to Richmond which will be quicker. You can then get off at Richmond Station which is on Swan Street. If you need, you can catch the #70 tram as it goes past if you need to travel further along Swan Street.

          Best regards,
          Jess

  • We will be visiting Melbourne on a Sunday when our ship docks. Do we need to buy a myki card straight away to get the tram 109 from the pier? Are all attractions open on a Sunday? Does the 109 stop near to the City Circle tram route?
    Thanks

    • Hi Nancy,

      The Melbourne Zoo is outside of the CBD (4kms away), so unfortunately the City Circle tram doesn’t get you very close.

      You can get to the Melbourne Zoo in one of the following ways:
      TRAM: Catch the #55 tram (West Coburg) which runs from William Street and stops directly outside Melbourne Zoo.
      TRAIN: Catch an Upfield train from the CBD and alight at Royal Park Station.
      BUS: Catch the #505 bus from Moonee Ponds to Melbourne University which stops outside Melbourne Zoo.

      Have a great day at the Zoo! You can purchase your tickets online here. Just remember, kids are FREE on weekends!

      Jess

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