Local, Country and Interstate Trains
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. At the start of 2010 the new Myki smart-card ticketing system began to be introduced, which has replaced Metcard.
See below for more details on the Integrated Ticketing System.
The Melbourne suburban network trains are electric and are driver-only operated.
Between the years of 1993 and 1995, guards on suburban trains were discontinued.
All trains are fitted with power-operated sliding doors which are closed by the driver. Passengers, however, can open them.
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 6.00 pm can be used until 3.00 am.
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.
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:
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.
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 https://www.vline.com.au/Timetables/Train-coach-timetables
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.
For more details on ticketing, interconnecting services and timetables visit the official Countrylink website.
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