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Victoria's ticketing smartcard myki, must be used on V/Line short-distance trains as well as Melbourne metropolitan trains, trams and buses.

myki is your ticket to travel on V/Line trains
For V/Line short-distance trains (Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Seymour and Traralgon lines) you need a valid myki for your journey. 

Just remember the three Ts:
  • Top up your myki with enough myki money for your journey or use myki pass
  • Touch on your myki before you board your train
  • Touch off your myki when you reach your destination to ensure you pay the lowest fare for your trip.
You can buy a myki card from Public Transport Victoria here.

Are V/Line paper tickets still valid for travel now that myki is used on V/Line short-distance trains? V/Line paper tickets are still used on long-distance trains and all V/Line coaches. The Family Traveller, Group Travel, Special Event, Special Promotion, Charity Sponsorship and free travel voucher redemption tickets which will continue to be accepted right across the V/Line network using the existing paper ticketing system.

How does myki apply free travel on arrival in Melbourne?With the introduction of myki to V/Line short-distance trains, customers still receive free travel on arrival in Melbourne.

Using myki money, customers are charged a two hour fare for the first trip of the day plus additional time is added to allow them to complete long journeys.

For example, a customer travelling from Warragul to Melbourne (Zone 6 to Zone 1), touches on at 5.05 am and boards the 5.14 am toward the city.

This travel covers six zones, and because of the length of the journey one additional hour is added to the two hour fare to give them a three hour fare which expires at 9.00 am.

The 5.14 am service from Warragul arrives in Melbourne at 6.59 am, providing the customer with two hours of free travel in Melbourne.

Using myki pass, travel between your origin station and Melbourne includes travel in Zone 1 & 2 at any time as long as your ticket is valid.

For example, a customer who has a myki pass for Ballarat to Melbourne (Zone 8 to Zone 1) already has all zones between 1 and 8 included in their pass. So travel is included in Zone 1 & 2 while that pass is valid.

If you touch on at a peak time but catch an off-peak V/Line service, and touch off when your off-peak train arrives, are you charged a peak or off-peak fare?Myki only knows what time, and where and when a customer touches on and off and applies the appropriate fare.

A peak fare is applied where touch off happens in Zone 1 before 9 am on a weekday and when touch on occurs in Zone 1 between 4 pm and 6 pm on a weekday.

Customers taking an off-peak journey are advised to touch on appropriately for that journey as they risk paying a higher fare by touching on in a peak period.

Where can I use myki?

myki can be used on:

  • all metropolitan trains, trams and buses
  • V/Line trains travelling:
  • Wholly within Zones 1 + 2 , (between Melbourne and Ardeer, Deer Park, Rockbank, Melton, Bacchus Marsh, Clarkefield, Riddells Creek, Sunbury, Little River, Lara, Donnybrook, Wallan, Heathcote Junction, Wandong and Pakenham).
  • On the Geelong line, all stations between and including Melbourne and Waurn Ponds.
  • On the Ballarat line, all stations between and including Melbourne and Wendouree.
  • On the Bendigo line, all stations between and including Melbourne and Eaglehawk/Epsom.
  • On the Seymour line, All stations between and including Melbourne and Seymour.
  • On the Gippsland line, all stations between and including Melbourne and Traralgon.
  • Regional town buses in Ballarat, Geelong, Bendigo, Seymour and the Latrobe Valley.

myki cannot currently be used on:

  • V/Line train and coach services outside the V/Line short-distance areas 
  • other regional town bus systems not listed above.

For full details, please see the Public Transport Victoria website.

Can I still use V/Line paper tickets?

If you are travelling to stations on V/Line short-distance trains (Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Seymour and Traralgon) you will not be able to purchase V/Line paper tickets.
If you are travelling on V/Line's long-distance trains (Warrnambool, Ararat, Maryborough, Swan Hill, Echuca, Shepparton, Albury or Bairnsdale) you can purchase paper tickets from V/Line stations or online.

Can I use a myki for part of my trip and a V/Line ticket for the rest?
If you don't have a myki and if you’re travelling to an area not currently served by myki, you must purchase a V/Line paper ticket for the full journey.
If you have a myki pass and wish to travel in an area not currently served by myki, you must purchase a V/Line paper ticket for the part of the journey not in the myki commuter boundary and beyond the zones covered by your myki pass.
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More information
  • Visit the PTV myki page to buy, register or top up your myki online.
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