Monday, November 24, 2014

Myki for visitors

If you are a visitor to Melbourne or parts of Victoria and you want to use public transport, you need a Myki (money) card. You can buy these from machines around the city at tram stops, at railway stations and from newsagents and convenience stores for the cost of $6 for an adult card or $3 for concession and seniors.

Put some credit on the card when you buy it and touch the card on when you board a train, tram or bus, and touch it off when you leave a train or bus. There is no need to touch off when you leave a tram as the fare charged automatically defaults to the minimum payable*. That is all you need to know really. You don't need to know how it works. It just does. Make sure you hold the card still and not look like a tourist by waving or moving the card all over the place.

How much money to put on your Myki? Adult $25 will last you three days and allow you to travel on public transport each day for the day. $12 would be enough for people of a certain age for the same. 

Ok, you want to know a bit more. The fares that will be deducted will be either a two hour fare or a daily fare. It does not matter which form of public transport you are using. The system is inter connected for all trains, trams and buses and within the two hours or within the day, it does not matter how many times you use public transport or what type of vehicle (note that, Sydney).

These prices are for an adult and seniors or pensioners are correct at this date. There is not a concession or senior's fare for overseas visitors excepting child fares. Interstate visitors with a State Seniors Card can buy concession tickets as can interstate age pension card holders.

Full fare first then concession and seniors fare for travel in Zone 1 which covers an area of about twelve to twenty kilometres, or seven to twelve miles, radiating from the city centre.

2 hour $3.58 and $1.79
Daily $7.16 and $3.58

Weekends and public holidays:

$6 capped full fare and concession as above. Victorian seniors travel free on weekends. Interstate seniors pay concession fare.

* It becomes a little more complicated if you only travel in zone 2 on a tram, but few visitors to Melbourne ever will.

17 comments:

  1. Andrw, thev same is here . Public transport at my place is well but cards and tickets are very complicated... Especially for visitors

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    1. Gosia, learning a little about the system is good idea before visiting a place but they should be simple enough for visitors to use.

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  2. I've had a lesson if i come to Victoria needing transport. I always got a taxi when i visited Melbourne if i was staying.

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    1. WA, it also depends on where you are going and how much time and energy you have. Sometimes it is just so good to get in taxi and not have expend mental energy.

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  3. We don't pay for our MyWay cards. A small plus. And our fares are complicated. One fare for peak hours, another for off peak. Reduced prices (and severely reduced service) on the weekends. And we can catch as many buses as we like (or need) in an hour and a half and only be charged for the first. Our daily maximum is much the same though.

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    1. Thanks EC. Daily maximum being the same is good to know.

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  4. Our Seniors fare is a little cheaper at $1.67 and in addition to free weekend travel we travel free Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 3pm. and recently introduced, free travel before 7am. I think it is free after 7pm as well, but I haven't checked, I'm always well and truly home by then with no plans for heading out alone at night. Our Seniors Card must be applied for and is sent by post free of charge, so when the travel cards were introduced all persons with a Seniors Card was issued a new one (again free) with the Adelaide Metro logo on it. It has the same benefits as the old Seniors Card did, so we don't need to carry two cards.

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    1. River, that is a good idea to have one card. Wish it was the same here. I wish they would re-introduce that time restriction for Seniors here. They used to only able to travel on concession out of peak times. Why do 75 year olds want to go shopping at 7.30 in the morning, or at 5 in the afternoon. Seniors did not have to pay for their first one, but if they did not apply for one, they have to pay the $3 now.

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    2. Because it is cooler then and we oldies nap all day. (*~*)

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    3. River, so after a night's sleep, there is a burst of energy to shop, and then after a day's nap there is another burst of energy to shop. Hmmmm.

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  5. *were* issued a new one...(*~*)

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  6. Not having to touch off on leaving a tram complicates things as some people don't seem to know what is a tram and insist on touching off. We used chipcards in The Netherlands but always had to touch off as fares were distance-charged. Interesting experience today, however. Caught a tram from the CBD to Toorak Village, touched on but not off as advised (taken a while to get out of the 'touch off' habit). Visit over (just a bit of special shopping), caught the same tram on its return towards the CBD. Touched on and fortunately saw the message 'Touch Off Successful'. Managed to touch on properly after a few seconds, but what would have happened had I not noticed the message and the AO's checked my Myki? I would have assumed that a tram, on reaching its terminus, would have some sort of Myki reset to avoid this happening - and I can't be the only one that's caught the same tram for consecutive journeys to different destinations.Maybe be safe rather than sorry and always touch off.

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    1. Interesting tale Chris. Something clearly went wrong. I read on another blog, mwong.com , that things can go wrong if the driver does not log on to the system and the tram system does not know where it is. GPS was trialled on older trams, but it was not successful. Newer models have it built in.

      I don't believe you get fined if you don't touch on but your ticket is valid, however, you could have been on the cusp of going from a two hour ticket to a day ticket and ended up only paying for a two hour ticket, and so you ticket would not be valid. I think the protection for you is that I think the activity of your card including the time it was read would be shown on the checker's card reader.

      I get annoyed at passengers on trams and buses trying to touch off once the vehicle has stopped and delaying others getting off and on and the departure of the vehicle. Mind, on our rough buses, 216/219/220 I don't blame them for not wanting to stand before the bus is stopped.

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  7. Well, I guess I'm now ready for a trip to Melbourne (or parts of Victoria)!

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    1. Mitchell, and there is a lovely old song called, "Let's Take a Trip to Melbourne'.

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  8. Well it all seemed clear as ... until I read two comments back, now I'm not so sure :). Only kidding :)

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    1. Grace, details details. Tourists shouldn't bother with details.

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