Melbourne's public transport grid is based on 3 zones, Yellow Zone (city and inner suburbs); Blue Zone (middle suburbs) and Red Zone (outer suburbs). A full day's ticket for a yellow zone lets you travel to any area within the designated yellow zone. Most of all you can hop on & off a bus, train or tram with that same ticket for as many times you want for that particular day but make sure to validate your ticket every time you get on a public transport as ticket inspectors are on the prowl in trains & trams especially.
Flinders street station is the main train station of Metropolitan Melbourne and trains begin or end here. The way the system works is if you know your destination, look at the last station on that line and catch that train. For example if you intend to go to the Ripponlea Historic Gardens in Ripponlea catch the Sandringham line train and get down at Ripponlea. Trains operate between 5am to midnight Monday to Thursday with time extended to 1am on Friday and Saturday nights.
Melbourne's trams are an important part of the transport system. These connect the city to the different suburbs of Melbourne and weave through the various areas. They are a great way to see the city and surrounding areas. There is a special FREE tram called the city circle and is a great way to explore the city. These free trams are characterized by their dark maroon colours and have City Circle (Tram 35) written on them. Trams operate between 5am to midnight Monday to Thursday with time extended to 1am on Friday and Saturday nights.
There are over 300 bus services and generally a bus will get you to suburbs where there are no trains or trams and forms a cross suburban link to the far outer areas. Buses run from 6am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 9pm on Saturday and 9am to 9pm on Sundays.
If you have partied for most of the night there is a Nightrider bus service available all night from different location to different suburbs. This bus service is an inexpensive way to travel after midnight on weekends. Buses run every 30 minutes from 1:30am to 4:30am on Saturdays & 1:30am to 5:30am on Sundays when the public transport system doesn't operate. This bus service departs from Swanston Street in between Flinders Street & Collins Street, Melbourne. Buses go from the city centre to the outer suburbs on the outskirts of Melbourne stopping at various designated places on the way.
The bright yellow taxis will take you to you destination and around Melbourne. Due to safety reasons there are fixed rates between 10pm to 6am. Baby seats are available if you pre-book your taxi. Wheelchair taxis are also easily available. For more information please call -
A ferry can be taken to sail on the Yarra and see amazing views of the city & surroundings. Cruises operate from Federation Wharf or Southbank to St Kilda or Williamstown and back.