Leave the car at home this festive season

Now the silly season is upon us, many Victorians are travelling later at night – heading home after office Christmas parties, festive catch-ups or some last-minute shopping.

Night network bus

Using public transport is a great way to get around during the festive season, particularly on Christmas Day when trains, trams, buses and V/Line services are free. 

The Night Network is a convenient public transport option that runs all night on weekends, providing a safe alternative for those out enjoying the festivities.

There’s all-night services every Friday and Saturday on metropolitan trains, trams and buses, as well as regional coaches.

Night trains run every hour on all lines except Stony Point and Flemington Racecourse, with some stations offering more frequent trains. This New Year’s Eve, an extra 545 train services will be ready to take passengers where they need to go. 

Tram routes 19, 67, 75, 86, 96 and 109 run every 30 minutes all night, taking passengers from the city, St Kilda, Coburg, Bundoora, Port Melbourne, Carnegie, Box Hill, Vermont South and Brunswick. 

There are 21 metro night buses around the city, running every 30 and 60 minutes. Night bus routes connect and wait at train stations and will drop you off at any kerbside tram or bus stop along their route. Check if there is a night bus running in your area.

Live in a regional area? Getting home is covered with night coaches running from Melbourne CBD to regional centres. Catch a coach from Southern Cross to Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Seymour or Traralgon. 

Protective Services Officers (PSOs) are keeping the public transport network safe at night, patrolling all metro stations and four regional stations – Bendigo, Traralgon, Ballarat and Geelong. 

If you ever feel unsafe and there isn’t a PSO or police officer nearby, look for a public transport employee or use the intercom buttons on trams and trains to call for help.

Always let a friend or family member know when you’re heading home, and take a note of your tram or bus number, or send a live location via your phone. 

In an emergency, you should always call 000.

Travel safe this festive season on public transport.