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In and around Melbourne the rail network consists of 16 railway lines.

Most of the suburban lines are serviced by a fleet of electric (electrified) trains. The operating hours for the suburban network are between 5:00am and 12:00pm daily.

Throughout the Victorian countryside the public is serviced by Vline trains. These are diesel models and there is also a fleet of locomotive hauled trains. It is part of the Metlink network and part of the Metcard ticketing system. See below for more details on the Integrated Ticketing System.

Melbourne Suburban Metropolitan Train

Metro Melbourne train at Flinders Street compliments of
Southern Cross Station Melbourne, Australia compliments of

Southern Cross Station- Melbourne

The busy, central hub of the regional passenger network is the Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne's CBD. This is where all country and interstate trains connect with other modes of public transport.

Formally known as Spencer Street Station, it has been rebuilt and now stands proudly as an interesting and modern designed railway station.

The station is the terminus of the state's regional railway network operated by V/Line, The Overland rail service to Adelaide, and NSW TrainLink XPT services to Sydney. It is also served by suburban rail services operated by Metro Trains.

Melbourne Trains And The Myki Integrated Ticketing System

Public 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 travelling 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.

Traveling By Melbourne Trains In The Victorian Countryside

V/Line is a regional passenger train and coach service operating in Victoria, Australia.

Every week V/Line schedule more than 1700 train services between Melbourne and:

  • Geelong and Warrnambool
  • Ballarat, Maryborough and Ararat
  • Bendigo, Swan Hill and Echuca
  • Seymour, Shepparton and Albury
  • Traralgon, Sale and Bairnsdale

The Regional Rail Link service arrived 21 June 2015 giving the public more convenient travel choices.

The regional Victorian communities are now serviced by the V/line branded coaches run by the private sector connecting the rail network with the other country regions and extending in some cases into other states, South Australia, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory.

All connecting train rail services depart from Southern Cross Station situated in the central business district of Melbourne. V/line also runs numerous intrastate and interstate coach services that may run wholly as a coach service or operate as a coach connecting with a rail service.

There are also almost 600 coach services each week that connect with the rail network and serve regional Victorian communities where trains do not operate. Some coach services also travel through to South Australia, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. These coaches are run by private sector operators under contract from the Department of Transport with V/Line providing day-to-day contract management.

Victorian Country Vline Train

Country Vline train at Southern Cross Station Melbourne, Australia compliments of

Travelling on Melbourne trains is the perfect way of seeing what Australia offers the tourist right at ground level. An excellent and inexpensive way to see the many tourist attractions that are scattered around this great state of Australia.

For timetable, fares and interconnecting services visit

Traveling Interstate By Rail

Part of traveling Melbourne trains is traveling South Australia, the Overland train service from Adelaide is operated by Great Southern Railway Limited and takes between 9 and 12 hours depending on the scheduled stops,

The CountryLink XPT train service from Sydney to Melbourne takes around 10-11 hours.

The XPT and Xplorer trains provide a safe, comfortable and relaxing way to travel while sitting back in air-conditioned comfort watching the magnificent Australian landscape roll by.

Introduced to CountryLink service in 1982 the XPT, short for "express passenger train", travels between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Dubbo, Grafton and Casino.

Country Link XPT Train

For more details on ticketing, interconnecting services and timetables visit the official Countrylink website.

Public Transport Information For Victorian Travelers

Part 1 - Melbourne Trams are a great way or getting around

Part 3 - Melbourne Buses

Part 4 - Melbourne Ferries and Water Transport

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