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How to Save on Public Transport in Melbourne

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by Joy (subscribe)
“Creativity Is Intelligence Having Fun.” – Albert Einstein
Published February 18th 2013
Make nifty savings on public transport
Myki (Joya D)

With escalating living expenses and Myki fares going south, it makes sense to seek out alternatives and options which will result in substantial savings on public transport. The below list is a compilation of tips and tricks to save money on travel.

1. Walk
The obvious way of saving money on public transport is to take a nice walk instead of jumping on that bus or tram. If your destination is accessible on foot, then giving the public transport a miss, can be a wise thing to do. Take a walk, enjoy the breeze and absorb your surroundings. Not only will you be making some nifty savings on public transport but will also be getting some free and healthy workout.

2. Bikes
Bikes are another suitable alternative to public transport. Life on wheels can be free, fun and exciting. You will considerably reduce your travel expenses as well as diminish your carbon footprint.

3. Trams
Trams can save you quite a bit of money if you happen to be living in Zone 2, provided that you have tram access. Since Zone 2 was abolished for trams in 2010, patrons living in Zone 2 areas can enjoy reduced travel expenses by boarding the trams. For example, people living in Burwood can make a saving of approximately $2.50 per day if they hop on a tram as opposed to a train, since Burwood is considered Zone 2 for trains but considered Zone 1 for trams.

4. Myki pass
If you are a frequent traveller then buying the Myki pass is more cost-effective than opting for Myki money. You can get a Myki pass for anywhere between 28 days to 365 days. Buying Myki pass contributes towards significant savings on your travel. A Myki pass permits unlimited travel on the nominated zones for the duration of the pass. As a sidenote, Myki passes cannot be suspended. If required to travel to a different zone, you will need to top up your card with Myki money balance to pay the fare for the different zone. Just activate your Myki pass within 12 months from the date of top up and you are all set to go.

5. Free travel
In accordance with Metro train's Franchise Agreement with the Victorian Government, Metro is obliged to provide free daily Myki money to patrons if in any given month, Metro train falls behind their service delivery target of 98 per cent or doesn't meet their on-time performance target of 88 per cent. However, to be eligible for these offers amongst other things, you would need to be a monthly, six-monthly or yearly Myki pass holder. So maintain vigilance for performance announcements on Metro website or notification boards in your local train station.

You can also enjoy free travel by taking advantage of the Early Bird option in Myki. Early Bird travel entitlement can be realised by touching on and touching off at train stations before 7:00am on a weekday to automatically receive the free Early Bird fare. To summarise, you get to enjoy free public transport provided that you touch on and touch off by 7:00am.

You can learn more about Myki by checking out Myki For Dummies.
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Hi Andrea you will be correct in stating 'north' equates to 'up' and 'south' equates to 'down'. But 'south' also means 'becoming worse' and I tried to convey that Myki fares are getting worse :)
by Joy (score: 3|1916) 2887 days ago
MYKI is horrendous. Took a very late bus from a dodgy train station and due to bad lighting could not find my card. The driver let me on but that was essentially a 'criminal' action and despite having money and the will to pay a fare, that was of no use. I eventually found the card, touched on, and nothing happened. I asked about it on exit but the driver just shrugged and grunted. VIC Transport's advice was to get off the bus, get past the police picking up dealers, go back to the station (which was shut) for another MYKI and wait another hour for the next bus.
by Michelle Coates (score: 2|529) 2886 days ago
You explain the difference between Myki pass and Myki money better than the Myki people do...thank you!
by surel (score: 1|14) 2886 days ago
I believe transport is also free for pensioners on a Sunday. Perhaps someone else knows more about this.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5985) 2876 days ago
I think you might mean that Myki fares are going "north" (up) instead of south (down) :)
by andrea (score: 0|2) 2887 days ago
The Melbourne Bike Share system deserves special note here as well. For $54 annual subscription, you can use the bikes any amount of times a year as long as each trip is less than 45 mins in length. Casual users get 30 mins.
by Jerome (score: 2|111) 2884 days ago
The universally accepted meaning of 'going south' when referring to prices is a decline.
by scott (score: 0|2) 2883 days ago
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