Everything You Need To Know About Myki

Melbourne has a wonderful public transportation system. To get around the city (and surrounding suburbs) there’s really no need to rent a car. The train, tram and bus system will get you to where you need to go. The first thing you need to do when you get into Melbourne is get a Myki card. This is a rechargeable card (similar to the oyster card in UK) that you use to pay for public transport.


Types Of Myki Cards

You can purchase this card from any station or most convenience stores including 7-Eleven.   There are three types of Myki Cards:

  • Full Fare Myki Card: This is for anyone over the age of 17 and with no concession entitlement. It costs 6 AUD to purchase the card.
  • Child Fare Myki Card: This is for children aged 4-16. It costs 3 AUD to purchase the card.
  • Concession Fare Myki Card: This is for Australian seniors, students and Victorian Healthcare card holders. It costs 3 AUD to purchase the card.

Once you’ve purchased your card, you have the option to keep the card anonymous or registered with your information at the following website. Once registered you can check your travel history and balance information online.

In the event you board a train, tram or bus without a Myki card you should be able to purchase a pre-loaded card from the conductor. Generally they should have:

  • Full fare cards costing 30 AUD (with 24 AUD of travel credit)
  • Concession cards costing 15 AUD (with 12 AUD of travel credit)

Myki Pass System

If you need to use the public transport system frequently while in Melbourne, then you should consider buying a Myki Pass rather than buying tickets individually. A Myki pass gives you unlimited access to use public transport for the duration of the pass. You can buy a 7-day Myki Pass, or anywhere between 28 to 365 consecutive days pass. Your Myki Pass can’t be suspended and spans consecutive travel days only. For example, a 7 day pass activated on Monday is valid for use until Sunday.

A Full Fare Myki pass for a 30 days consecutive trip will cost you $140 travelling in Zone 1 & 2. And a 7 Day full fare Myki Pass for travelling in Zone 1 & 2 will cost $39 . (2016 fares)


Touch On / Touch Off

Make sure you always Touch On/Touch Off when using public transport
Make sure you always Touch On/Touch Off when using public transport

The Myki card works on a Touch On / Touch Off system against card readers that are installed in public transport system. When Touch On you’re activating your ticket for the duration of your ride. Once you reach your destination you Touch Off to deactivate your ticket and your card is charged for the duration of your ride.

It’s important that you remember to Touch On to activate your ticket. There are Ticket Agents that do random checks to make sure that people have valid tickets. In case you forget to Touch On and are caught by Ticket Agent then you will be fined 75 AUD. If you refuse to pay or don’t have enough money you’ll be slapped with 223 AUD fine. It’s also important to remember to Touch Off so that you are charged only for distance traveled otherwise your ticket will be charged for 2 hour Zone 1 trip (see fare table below).

From 1 January 2015, travel on trains, trams and buses in Zone 1+2 will now be the price of a Zone 1 fare. All Zone 1 passes are now sold as Zone 1+2 passes at no extra cost. If you travel wholly in Zone 2, you can continue to purchase a Zone 2 only pass.



myki money 2 hour fare table
2 hourZone 1Zone 2Zone 1+2
Full Fare$3.90$2.70$3.90
myki money Daily fare table
DailyZone 1Zone 2Zone 1+2
Full Fare$7.80$5.40$7.80
  • $7.80 is the maximum fare you will pay a day.
myki Daily fare caps
Other ticket / capsZone 1+2
Weekend Daily Cap$6.00
Public Holiday Cap$6.00
Seniors Daily cap*$3.90

* Seniors Daily cap – Seniors myki cardholders never pay more than $3.90 for unlimited travel in Zones 1 and 2. Seniors also receive free travel on Saturdays and Sundays for trips entirely within one or two consecutive zones (including within Zones 1 and 2) and on regional town bus services.

Free Tram Zone

If you are travelling inside the free Tram Zone area, you don´t have to “Touch on” your Myki. If you are travelling from the Free Tram Zone to the fare paying zone outside the Free Tram Zone, you have to “Touch on”.

Free Tram Zone Map


Top Up your Myki

If you do not use your myki within 90 days of topping up online or by telephone, your top up is temporarily suspended. Any existing value on your myki card is unaffected and remains available to use for travel.

If your myki card balance is low, you may need to top up at a myki retail outlet or 7-Eleven, at a Premium Station ticket office or at a myki machine, found at all Metro train stations and some accessible tram stops and bus interchanges, to pay for your next trip.

Infrequent travellers may prefer to top up just before they travel at a myki retail outlet. or 7-Eleven, at a Premium Station ticket office or at a myki machine.

Your online or telephone top up comes out of suspension at least 24 hours after you:

  • successfully touch on at a myki reader (requires a positive myki money balance)
  • top up at a retail outlet (minimum $1.00)
  • top up at a Premium Station ticket office (minimum $1.00)
  • top up at a myki machine (minimum $1.00)

Top up online using the links below.


Journey Planner

Public Transport Victoria has an online platform so you can plan your trip in advance.

Access here to the Journey Planner

Transport Timetables