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Myki is the Melbourne public transport ticketing system that uses a reusable smart card which can be retained and cash is loaded onto the card to pay for travel.

The Myki system requires travellers to which you can load with cash to travel on trains, trams and buses.

Where to buy Myki Card or Pass & Ticket Fares, Recharge & Top Up

A Myki card can be purchased online or by calling 1800 800 007. Both options require 24 hours for processing. Otherwise, you can purchase a Myki card from any staffed Metro stations, such as Flinders Street and Southern Cross Station, as well as some VLine Stations.

The Myki card requires the user to have enough cash on their card to complete a full trip (around $6 for a daily adult ticket and $3 for a daily child/concession ticket). You can load money on your card online or by using one of the machines located at every train station and most tram stops.

Concession discounts are available for those with valid concession cards including Pension Card holders, Students and Seniors.

To use the card, simply ‘touch on’ and ‘touch off’ to indicate the length of your journey. For train travel, you will touch on at the platform before boarding the train and touch off as you leave the platform of your final destination. For Flinders, Southern Cross, and the city loop services, there are barriers where you can touch on and touch off.

For tram and bus travel, you must touch on inside the tram or bus at the start of your journey and touch off before leaving the tram or bus as you alight at your stop.

There are free tram zones located within the CBD and if travelling within these zones, you do not need to touch on or touch off. See the image below to see the area that this covers.

Ticket inspectors routinely patrol trains, trams and buses, so make sure you have enough money on your Myki to cover your trip and make sure to ‘touch on’ and ‘touch off’.

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  • Dear Sir,
    If I take Route 70 from 7B Rod Laver Arena Melbroune Park to Docklands, there are only 2 stops not in the free zone. Should I still need a Myki card? or can I pay in cash? What is the fare for 2 stops?
    Thank you very much!

    • Hi Melanie,

      Yes, you need a Myki card for any stops not inside the Free Tram Zone. You cannot purchase a Myki card when on the tram, so make sure you have one with you before you board. You can load money onto the card once on the tram (coins and card payment only) or you can load up your card with cash when you purchase it from the station. Head to the customer service counter at any train station.

      Best regards,

      • Hi Melanie,

        All Australian Open ticket holders can enjoy a free tram shuttle service operating on route 70 from the CBD to Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena tram stop. The service operates until one hour after the end of play each day. So no need to purchase a Myki card for that trip.

        Best regards,

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