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Published May 8th 2021
Ride all year for those who live within 10 km
Puffing Billy
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Puffing Billy Railway is encouraging the community to get on board with the release of their annual, unlimited-access Locals Pass.

The passes are available exclusively to residents within a 10-kilometre radius of any Puffing Billy station and provide unlimited return travel on any return excursion train journey for the whole year after purchase.

Imagine being able to travel through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges whenever you wished to with lush fern gullies brushing past and Mountain Ash trees towering overhead.

Puffing Billy rides make for a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the fresh air.

Puffing Billy, Belgrave, Victoria Australia
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The Locals Pass unlocks everything Puffing Billy has to offer.

There are also great discounts if you have a pass. Examples include:

Train & Lunch at the Packing Shed / Steam & Cuisine Luncheon 20 % discount

Excursion Train tickets for family and friends for bookings of 10 or more people (excludes special events) 20 % discount. Take the family or the grandkids!

Day out with Thomas 10 % discount

Puffing Billy retail items (Valid for in-store purchases only. Some exclusions apply including books and postage) 10 % discount

Food & Beverages from Puffing Billy's refreshment rooms (Valid for in-store purchases only. Excludes alcohol and packages) 10 % discount.

Prices for the year's pass are

ADULT (17 YRS) -$90
CHILD (4-16 YRS) -$47
FAMILY (2A 2C) -$230.00

It is worth mentioning the incredible savings as this is for the whole year of trips and normally just the cost of one trip is $78.50 for adults and $196.50 for families.


If you have more than 2 children, you can apply for 1 x Family Locals Pass and additional Child Locals Passes in the same request form.

Children under the age of 4 travel free of charge onboard Puffing Billy and as such don't require a Locals Pass. However, they still need to be booked in.

The Locals Pass is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.

Please note that all Puffing Billy tickets must be pre-booked, including for Locals Pass holders.

Are You Eligible?

A complete list of eligible postcodes can be found below.

Avonsleigh 3782
Bayswater 3153
Beaconsfield Upper 3808
Beenak 3139
Belgrave 3160
Belgrave Heights 3160
Belgrave South 3160
Boronia 3155
Clematis 3782
Cockatoo 3781
Dewhurst 3808
Emerald 3782
Ferntree Gully 3156
Ferny Creek 3786
Gembrook 3783
Harkaway 3806
Kallista 3791
Kilsyth South 3137
Knox City Centre 3152
Knoxfield 3180
Lysterfield 3156
Lysterfield South 3156
Macclesfield 3782
Menzies Creek 3159
Monbulk 3793
Mount Burnett 3781
Mount Dandenong 3767
Mountain Gate 3156
Nangana 3781
Nar Nar Goon North 3812
Narre Warren East 3804
Narre Warren North 3804
Olinda 3788
Pakenham Upper 3810
Rowville 3178
Sassafras 3787
Sassafras Gully 3787
Selby 3159
Sherbrooke 3789
Tecoma 3160
The Basin 3154
The Patch 3792
Tremont 3785
Upper Ferntree Gully 3156
Upwey 3158
Wantirna South 3152

You will need to provide proof of residency. e.g. bill, rates notice, photo ID when applying.

Provides unlimited travel on the Excursion Train's valid return journeys within the 12-month validity period.

When you book your rides in the future. Contact their Customer Service Centre on 03 9757 0700 or by email and quote your name, contact details and Locals Pass card number.

The pass is non-refundable, non-transferable, and unlimited tickets cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash.

To apply for the Puffing Billy Locals Pass, simply complete the Locals Pass Request Form.

Please read up on what you will need to enclose and the terms and conditions.
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Why? A year of riding Puffing Billy whenever you like.
When: The pass lasts a year from purchase
Phone: 0397570700
Where: BELGRAVE STATION Address: 1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave VIC 3160 Melway Map: 75 F10
Cost: See article
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I wish everyone could get a family 12 month pass. Great for the locals though 😊
by Lorraine A (score: 3|1630) 39 days ago
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