Melbourne has a very convenient tram system that runs within the central business district and surrounding suburbs.
Within the CBD, there are also “Free Tram Zones” where you can travel for free within certain precincts.
Melbourne Trams – Free Tram Zone CBD, Myki, Times & Schedule
Tickets for the tram system are purchased by way of a Myki Card. This is a reusable smart card which you can load with cash to travel on Melbourne’s train, tram and bus networks. You can get a Myki from a ticket machine at any station or from the customer service counter. Your Myki card needs be “touched on” inside the tram and “touched off” as you depart the tram at your destination.
Some trams are fitted with recharge machines for your Myki Card, but note that they accept coins only, no notes. Also note that you cannot purchase a Myki card on the tram itself. It must be purchased before you board from a customer service centre at one of the train stations (including Flinders Street or Southern Cross stations).
The tram system extends out to many of the attractions in Melbourne including the Melbourne Zoo, Royal Botanic Gardens and many sporting facilities including the MCG and Rod Laver Arena.
A great way to get around the Melbourne CBD is by using the FREE city circle tram. 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. 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 until 9pm on weekends.
Regular trams also extend outside of the CBD and service suburbs such as St Kilda, Richmond, Fitzroy, Brunswick, South Yarra, Northcote, Airport West and so many more. Check the full tram network in the image below.