Map M1 - Melbourne Train and Tram map
This map covers the downtown and greater metropolitan area of the city of Melbourne. Melbourne is Australia's second-largest metropolitan area - with a population approaching 4 million people. Amongst Melbourne's most famous products are Fosters Lager beer, Australian Rules Football, Olivia Newton-John, Barry Humphries (aka Dame Edna Everage - note Moonee Ponds on the map!), Dame Nellie Melba, Rupert Murdoch, and the Melbourne Cricket Ground - home of the 1956 Olympic games and the world's greatest cricket arena (known to locals as 'the G'). Melbourne is a key shipping port of the southern hemisphere, indeed at 37 degrees South, there is no city in the world larger than Melbourne lying further South.
Melbourne, along with San Francisco, is known probably more so than any other city in the world for its trams. The city is home to one of the worlds great urban tram networks. 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 the public opinion and political wishes of his masters in an era when almost all other cities destroyed their tram networks with gusto. The end result is a revered and immeasurably valuable asset for Melbourne to this day. Melbourne's tram network is continually expanding, now 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, Docklands in the West, and when Route 75 was extended from East Burwood to Vermont South, the easternmost point of tramway operation in the city meaning arguably Australia's most famous TV location, Ramsay Street of Neighbours fame, is now served by tram - (alight at stop 74 on route 75). (Map Grid Reference F4)
Always 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. Whilst not as intensive as the train network in Sydney, Melbourne's network is more extensive. 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 this route in BLACK. Trains operate between the City and a suburban destination, and most of them travel via the "City Loop". The City loop is a four-track five station loop that encircles downtown. As a general rule, trains operate to and from Flinders Street station to and from their suburban destination, and will travel via the City loop stations of Southern Cross, Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament.
Trains to and from North-Eastern suburbs (Epping and Hustbridge) depart from Platform 1 at Flinders Street, Platform 9 at Southern Cross, and Platform 1 and Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament.
Trains to and from South-Eastern suburbs (Dandenong, Parkanham, Cranbourne, Frankston) depart from Platform 6,7,8,9&10 and Flinders Street, Platform 11,12,13,14 at Southern Cross, and Platform 2 and Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament.
Trains to and from Western and North-Western suburbs (Williamstown, Laverton, Werribee, Sydneham/Watergardens, 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 and Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament.
Trains to and from Eastern suburbs (Belgrave,Lilydale, Ringwood, Blackburn, Alamain and Glen Waverley) depart from Platform 2,3&4 at Flinders Street, Platform 10 at Southern Cross, and Platform 4 and 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.
Trains to and from 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 generally travel via other City Loop stations.
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Some Useful Links
PUBLIC 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