Melbourne Train and Tram Map
This map covers the downtown and greater metropolitan area of the city of Melbourne. With a population of just over 4 million people, Melbourne is Australia's second-largest metropolitan area. Having been founded on the riches of a gold rush, the city is blessed with some of the world's most impressive 19th century buildings and streetscapes. Melbournians love their sport and take pride in having hosted the 1956 Olympic Games. Perhaps the city's most sacred site is the Melbourne Cricket Ground - known to the locals simply as 'The G'. It was the main stadium of the 1956 Olympics, the site of the very first 'Ashes' test match in 1877, is the venue of the nation's largest annual sporting event - the AFL Grand Final, and is home to the oldest senior grade club of any football code in the world - the Melbourne Football Club.
But Melbourne is by no means just a sporting city - it has thriving arts and university communities and is proudly multicultural with a strong migrant culture that has made the city one of the great food centres of the world. And if you love coffee - when visiting Melbourne you are in paradise.
Melbourne is home to one of the worlds great urban tram networks and sits alongside San Francisco as the world tram capital. Thanks to the vision and perseverance of the late Sir Robert Risson, chairman of the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Melbourne retained and expanded its electric tramways in spite of accepted wisdom, public opinion and political wishes of his masters in an era when most cities destroyed their tram networks with gusto. The result is a revered and immeasurably valuable asset for Melbourne to this day. Melbourne's tram network is continually expanding. Operated by Yarra Trams, the network has more track and route distance now than at any time in its history. In recent years, extensions have opened to new parts of the city and suburbs. When Route 75 was extended from East Burwood to Vermont South, the easternmost point of tramway operation in the city, it meant that arguably Australia's most famous TV location, Ramsay Street of Neighbours fame, is now served by tram - (alight at stop 74 on route 75).
Long Distance Trains from MelbourneAn extensive network of country train services from Melbourne to provincial cities throughout Victoria is operated by Vline. Fast, modern Vline trains depart Melbourne Southern Cross station at regular hourly intervals to Ballarat, Geelong, Bendigo, Seymour and Traralgon. Two or three trains each day depart for the more distant destinations of Warrnambool, Ararat, Maryborough, Echuca, Swan Hill, Shepparton, Albury and Bairnsdale. Reservations are not essential, but they are available on longer distance trains and are advised at peak travel periods such as holidays.
NSW Trainlink operates two daily XPT trains from Melbourne Southern Cross station to Sydney, and Great Southern Railways operates the Overland train twice weekly to Adelaide. Reservations are essential on these trains.
Ominous signs for Melbourne transportRecent announcements by State and Federal governments have caused great concern for the future of the city. The newly elected Federal government has cancelled all planned federal investment in urban rail and tram. Their view is that urban rail is not a Federal matter but is for States to fund. At the same time, they have redirected the funds into freeway projects across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. In response to this injection of federal road funds the State government in Victoria has dramatically accelerated planning for a major new urban freeway tunnel at the expense of a previously more advanced urban rail subway project. They have earmarked significant State funds to the East-West road link and deferred and de-funded the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel. This is despite the Federal government determination that urban rail is a State matter.
As disturbing as this is, it is worse because of the way in which this policy change is being publicised by the State government. That government came to power in 2010 on a platform of improving public transport. East-West road link publicity claims that it will improve public transport! Seriously - they are trying to spin a proposition that cancelling a major urban rail subway project and replacing it with a major urban freeway project is good public transport policy. It really is stomach churning stuff. You can view one of their awful videos here. (Brace yourself)
Almost as alarming as the negative impacts on the City and its culture of such a Detroitian project is the utter contempt for voters underlying this publicity campaign. They must have a very low opinion of our intelligence to even try it. It could be written up as a case-study in Orwellian doublespeak. Along with so many residents of Melbourne, we will be watching developments with great anxiety.
For more information
East West Road Tunnel Project (accelerated and funded)
Often in the shadow of the more famous trams, Melbourne's suburban train network is also of impressive size and efficiency. Operated by Metro Melbourne, there are seventeen routes radiating to all corners of the suburbs. Trains are frequent and generally comfortable. If the truth be known, the train network contributes more to the economic advantage of Melbourne than does the tram network, but there is no doubt that the trams are a key feature of Melbourne's cultural heritage.
Metro train routes are shown on our map as black lines. Most trains operate between the City and a suburban destination via the "City Loop". The City loop is a four-track, five station loop that encircles downtown. As a general rule, trains operate from Flinders Street station to and from their suburban destination via the City loop stations of Southern Cross, Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament.
North-Eastern suburbs trains (South Morang and Hurstbridge) depart from Platform 1 at Flinders Street, Platform 9 at Southern Cross, and Platform 1 at Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament.
South-Eastern suburbs trains (Dandenong, Pakenham, Cranbourne, Frankston) depart from Platform 6,7,8,9&10 at Flinders Street, Platform 11,12,13,14 at Southern Cross, and Platform 2 at Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament.
Western and North-Western suburbs trains (Williamstown, Laverton, Werribee, Sunbury, Craigieburn and Upfield) depart from Platform 6,7,8,9&10 at Flinders Street, Platform 11,12,13,14 at Southern Cross, and Platform 3 at Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament.
Eastern suburbs trains (Belgrave, Lilydale, Ringwood, Blackburn, Alamein and Glen Waverley) depart from Platform 2,3&4 at Flinders Street, Platform 10 at Southern Cross, and Platform 4 at Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament.
Trains to and from Sandringham depart from Platform 12&13 at Flinders Street, and do not generally travel via other City Loop stations. Special Event trains to and from the Showgrounds and Flemington Racecourse depart from Platform 6,7,8,9&10 at Flinders Street, and Platform 13&14 at Southern Cross and do not travel via other City Loop stations.
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Some Useful LinksPUBLIC TRANSPORT VICTORIA - Official Transport Guide to Melbourne and Victoria
Metro Trains official homepage.
Yarra Trams official homepage.
Puffing Billy Tourist Railway
Skybus - Tullamarine Airport to Melbourne City Express bus
Avalon Airport Shuttle bus
Vline home page - Victorian country trains