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The public transportation bus network is run by several bus companies. There are approximately 300 routes in operation.

Most of the bus network is part of the MIKI ticketing system (for more information see below)

The ticket, part of the Integrated Ticketing System, can be used between the different modes of public transport throughout the zones and times of the day.

Some local government councils operate a free community bus service in and around the local the local council for more details. Melbourne's buses are a modern, safe, comfortable and affordable fun way of getting around.

Melbourne Link Public Busline

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They are operated by competent and friendly staff who are only too pleased to help you with your travel inquiries.

SmartBus is a premium bus service that has been designed to complement Melbourne’s train network, by providing cross-town connections along major arterial roads to...train stations, tram lines , schools, universities, hospitals and shops.

SmartBus services run more often and for longer hours than most bus services. Melbourne City Council operates the Free City Shuttle Bus. There is also a NightRider bus system that operates on Friday and Saturday nights.

Melbourne also has a series of 13 dedicated routes which operate after midnight on Friday and Saturday nights, a time when the suburban rail network does not run.

Using Bus Transport Plus The Myki Integrated Ticketing System

Public bus transport is easy to use in Melbourne as one ticket gives you flexible travel between the three types of transport.

This is called the Integrated Ticketing System and is run by Metlink.

All daily, multi-day and 2 hour tickets validated after 6pm can be used until 3am. When traveling on public transport you must always have a valid ticket.

If you do not have a valid ticket or refuse to show your ticket on request to an authorized officer, you may have committed an offence under the Transport (Compliance & Miscellaneous) Act 1983 or its Regulations.

Public Bus Transport

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The Free Visitor Shuttle

The Melbourne Visitor Shuttle is a great way to see Melbourne's attractions, and it's free!

This popular, free bus transport service operates daily every 30 minutes from 9.30am to 4.30pm (excluding Christmas Day).

On Labour Day and Anzac Day, the service operates every 30 minutes from 1pm to 4.30pm.

The trip takes approximately 90 minutes and includes an informative on-board commentary as you travel around Melbourne.

You can hop on and off the bus at any of the following stop locations:

  • Stop 1 Arts Precinct
  • Stop 2 Federation Square
  • Stop 3 Sports Precinct
  • Stop 4 Chinatown Precinct and Theatres District
  • Stop 5 Melbourne Museum and Carlton Gardens
  • Stop 6 Lygon Street Precinct
  • Stop 7 University of Melbourne
  • Stop 8 Queen Victoria Market
  • Stop 9 Waterfront City, Docklands
  • Stop 10 Docklands Stadium and Victoria Harbour
  • Stop 11 William Street
  • Stop 12 Southbank and Yarra River
  • Stop 13 The Shrine and Royal Botanic Gardens

The SkyBus Airport Shuttle

The SkyBus Shuttle is an Australian airport bus transport service that runs between Melbourne Airport at Tullamarine and Southern Cross Station in the city of Melbourne.

You can purchase tickets here on the official SkyBus website.

You can also purchase tickets from...

  • SkyBus ticket booths at the SkyBus city terminal at Southern Cross Station
  • Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) terminals T1 and T3.
  • The Metshop at Melbourne Town Hall on the corner of Collins and Swanston Streets, Melbourne also sells Metcards or myki cards.

SkyBus runs 24/7 with day departures every 10 minutes.

The SkyBus Hotel Transfer Service is a free mini-bus service that transports you between selected hotels in central Melbourne and the SkyBus city terminal at Southern Cross Station (conditions apply).

It’s also suitable if you have restricted mobility.

For fare details click here.

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Part 1 - Public Transport Introduction and Melbourne Trams

Part 2 - Melbourne Trains

Part 4 - Melbourne Ferries and Water Transport

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