One of the best aspects of living in Melbourne is access to public transport. Purchase and top-up your myki transport card and you're ready to ride the sprawling network of trains, trams and buses, which travel from the centre of town to the outer reaches of Melbourne. You can top-up your myki card at more than 800 retailers, ranging from 7-Eleven convenience stores to transport hubs. You can also top-up online, ensuring the city's public transport network is the best way to move around the city during your stay.
Once you arrive in Melbourne, you'll likely be struck by the common appearance of trams hurtling through the city streets and into the suburbs. That's because it's the largest urban tram network anywhere in the world, featuring 1763 stops across 24 routes. That translates to an incredible 250 kilometres of track waiting to carry you to your destination. If you're primarily staying within Melbourne CBD, you'll also be happy to know that there's a Free Tram Zone, making it easy to scoot across town without needing to pay a cent.
Running alongside the massive tram network is an equally impressive series of train lines. Travelling from virtually every edge of Melbourne into the hub of Flinders Street Station, riding the trains is the quickest way to get around. The underground subway system in the CBD – called the City Loop – provides access to five of Melbourne's busiest stations, meaning you won't have an issue crossing town for work. And if you're heading out of Melbourne, Southern Cross train station is where regional and interstate services depart from.
Your myki should be valid for most journeys, but some destinations may require an additional ticket. Don't forget, once you depart the city for good, you can donate your myki card to charity and help someone in need get a cheaper ride.