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  1. If you are making the move to Melbourne you should be aware of the fact that public transport is the most convenient way to get around the city. Melbourne is becoming increasingly popular as a city to migrate to and it is busy! With a population of over 4.5 million, it has been predicted by the Bureau of Statistics that Melbourne’s population could almost double by 2056, meaning that it may overtake Sydney in becoming Australia’s most populated city. So, you need to think smart when it comes to travelling around Melbourne. Pick up a Myki Smartcard: If you want to travel at ease in Melbourne, the best thing that you can do is purchase a Myki smartcard. With the Myki card, you can get around on trains, buses, and trams, completely hassle-free. Another thing you might need to consider is purchasing a Myki Explorer Pack when you arrive. You can purchase this pack from various spots including the SkyBus terminals at Melbourne Airport, Southern Cross Station, and at Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square, as well as at many different hotels. This explorer pack costs $15 and includes a $9 credit amount, the concession card costs half the price and comes with a card which is topped-up with $4.50. This fantastic travel pack provides you with all of the travel necessities including; useful information for the first-time visitor, maps, and a ready to go Myki smartcard. In the information pack it will remind you of important ‘must-do’s’ such as remembering to tap-on and tap-off each time you board a bus, train, or tram. The Myki Explorer kit is also available to purchase as three different options, you have the option of Full Fare; this is for those who are 19 years and over and are not entitled to concession, the Myki concession card; for people including pensioners and students, and the Myki Child Card. Public Transport Victoria (PTV): PTV (Public Transport Victoria) Hubs will provide you with all the information you need for getting around Melbourne and these hubs are situated in various different locations across the city. You can also download the PTV app for both iOS and Android and on the app you can access all public transport information including service times, journey planner, as well as different Myki card top up locations. Trains, Buses and Trams: As regards to the trains, buses and trams in Melbourne, they all run at frequent hours and offer a convenient and reliable service. In particular, the train and tram services in Melbourne city operate all week, including Sunday, running from early in the morning right through until late at night. The bus routes are also reliable and frequent, offering services seven days a week, until 9pm every night. At weekends (Friday and Saturday nights), there are also late night buses, as well as the Night Network operating late night trams and trains. Another great aspect of the trams is the ‘Free Tram Zone’. This is an exclusive service that runs in the CBD and Docklands areas of Melbourne. Since the beginning of 2015, as long as you are making your journey within the assigned zones, it is a free service! This means that you are not required to tap-on with your Myki card, so you end up saving yourself money for more travel time in Melbourne!
  2. vickyplum

    OPAL card

    I've just been looking at Transport NSW website, ahead of our reccie visit in August. I'm planning to do a lot of travel around the city, using ferries, trains, and perhaps some buses too - so I thought an OPAL card would be a good idea (particularly being used to it's counterpart, Oyster card, in London). Is it right that I can only order a card online and have it sent to an Australian address? It's possible to buy Oyster cards from selected newsagents/small shops, for a "deposit" of 5 GBP. Is there a similar thing with OPAL or it's via the Transport NSW website only? Thanks Vicky EDIT: after looking at the website, I can see there's a big list of retailers who will sell OPAL cards (http://www.retailers.opal.com.au/list.html).
  3. Hi Friends, We currently live in Sydney. My husband has secured a job in Carrum Downs. We have a year old son. How is Carrum Downs as a place for bringing up children? Unfortunately or not, Carrum downs does not have a train station. We would prefer to live nearby train station,because we are yet to buy a car and I have to look out for jobs, so I might have to make frequent trips to the city. I read the nearest railway stations to Carrum Downs as Seaford, Kananook on Frankston line and Cranbourne,Merinda Park on Cranbourne line. We have no idea how these places are!We would want to rent in any of these areas, or preferably somewhere close to Carrum Downs. What we are looking for most primarily are: Community minded suburb close to train station and commutable distance to Carrum Downs,a nice Childcare,close to shops,safe suburb. Suggestions/help appreciated. Thanks, Shilpa :biggrin:
  4. PityTheFool

    Crime on Melbourne's train network

    Just carrying out a little research last night and came across this; Were moving to Melbourne in June 2013 and had Berwick on our hit list - not too sure now!!! Don't get me wrong we expect crime, as with any big city but is the Pakenham line really that bad (i.e. the worst)?!?!? Is this a true reflection or just a media horror story?
  5. I'm moving to Melbourne to go to school in July 2012. I've been looking at suburbs to rent in not far from the city with maybe a 30minute commute. I would like to rent a decent 2bedroom at no more that $250/week. Can you help me find out some good suburbs.
  6. Tasman Ltd Passenger Train Tasmania Australia I love listening to my husband talking about when he used to take the train to boarding school in Bernie Tasmanian Railway Preservation - Burnie Rail The West Coast abt Railway Queenstown Tasmania ..The West Coast Abt Wilderness Railways, Queenstown - Strahan Tasmania has to be one of the most amazing trips I have done by train for a long time and I would thoroughly recommend it. At present we only have the freight trains here apart from the above, but up grading on the lines are taking place and new staff being taken on... who knows what the future holds but I would love to see the "come back" of trams and trains here in Tasmania :wubclub:Susie
  7. Daffod1lly

    Trains from manly to the CBD

    Hi Folks ... Just wanted to check that people get seats okay from Manly to Brissy CBD. We are about to put an application into a property there and have recently heard a few scare stories about not getting seats on the journey! Would love some feedback :cute:
  8. does anyone know how long the train takes from berwick into melbourne city, and if you have to drive to the station, AND if it costs for parking. I am talking about weekends and off peak times? How about driving in weekend and off peak? Any quick replys much appreciated!
  9. Can anyone tell me if the trains are safe at night, in particular the Pakenham line. I have a night out on Friday night but it looks like I will have to get the train home myself but I don't feel comfortable about it.:unsure: Fiona
  10. Guest

    trains in Brisbane

    Hi there Is anyone using the train to get to work in Brisbane? We just wondered wht they are like compared to the UK? they seem a lot cheaper, are they clean, horrendously busy, efficient etc? Are any of you going from Cleveland area into town, and if so, how is the service? Many thanks in advance, Susie.