Public transport

Last updated: 13 January 2021

The facts about public transport

  • Victoria's public transport network consists of train, tram, bus and coach services
  • In the 2016 financial year 235.4 million passenger trips were taken, more than 1.8 million journeys every weekday
  • Taking public transport benefits you and the environment in a variety of ways.

Benefits of public transport

Health benefits

People who use public transport are more active than those who don't, reducing their risk of a range of diseases, from diabetes to depression. Add to this that travelling by public transport is far safer than by car, less stressful and produces far less pollution, and you could be on your way to a longer life!

$$ savings

No parking fees, registration, insurance, petrol and annual services and repairs. Public transport is a far more affordable option than owning your own car.

Environmental benefits

Travel by public transport instead of cars and planes reduces greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change. Public transport also reduces our reliance on precious natural resources such as oil and the land we use for road infrastructure and car parks.

Community benefits

Public transport provides accessible transport for all people, regardless of demographics such as income or age. People who travel together are more likely to feel a connection with their community.

Traffic reduction

Use of public transport and renewable forms of transport – like walking and cycling – ease congestion and pressure on our road infrastructure. One full bus can take more than 50 cars off the road, a full train more than 600 cars off the road.

Top 5 tips for using public transport

1. Walk or cycle to public transport

Walking or cycling to and from public transport is a great way to incorporate extra physical activity into your routine and take the hassle and expense out of finding a park. External bike racks have been installed on four bus routes, and bikes can be taken on metropolitan and V/Line trains at no extra cost.

2. Read, nap, listen to music, people watch

Public transport offers valuable 'you time' to unwind and relax. Rather than begrudge the commute, embrace it as time to read, listen to music, people watch, meditate or even nap.

3. Start early or sleep in

If you commute during peak hour and find this uncomfortable, speak to your manager about changing your working hours so you can start earlier or later to avoid the rush and enjoy your commute.

4. Carpool, share car and taxi when necessary

Say goodbye to car ownership and all of the costs associated with it, opting instead to carpool or use share cars and taxis when you need to.

5. Work remotely

More and more workplaces are incorporating flexible working policies, supporting staff to work remotely from home or elsewhere when it's useful and appropriate. Speak to your manager about the possibility of a day or two away from the office, eliminating your need to use transportation completely.

Solar trams

Melbourne's tram network – the biggest in the world – is now powered by a new, large-scale solar plant in regional Victoria. The solar farm creates a reduction of more than 80,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year, helping Victoria meet its target of net-zero emissions by 2050.

Plan your journey

Public Transport Victoria's journey planner allows you to plan your journey by public transport online. Enter your starting point and destination, when you want to leave or arrive, and preferences such as fewest changes, and the tool will help you find the most efficient route.