City Circle Tram
City Circle Tram
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The City Circle Tram is a free and convenient way to see the sights of central Melbourne and the Docklands while experiencing a ride on one of the city's much loved heritage trams.An audio commentary provides details of city landmarks and major attractions such as the City Museum, Parliament House, Docklands, Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium and the Princess Theatre.The City Circle Tram also links with other tram, train and bus routes around Melbourne.To catch the City Circle Tram, simply wait at any tram stop along the City Circle Tram route. These tram stops are specially marked with a City Circle sign.Trams operate in both directions every 12 minutes between 10am and 6pm from Sunday to Wednesday and between 10am and 9pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.City Circle Trams do not run on Christmas Day and Good Friday.
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Neighborhood: Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada7,261 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All the Sights but a little crowded
    The City Circle Tram is free and has many stops within the CBD. This is an excellent way to save your legs while exploring Melbourne and it is inclusive of most of Melbourne's top attractions. The tram has clear announcements to let you know how many stops until you are leaving the free zone and when you leave it if you are traveling further so you can tap your card. Be careful on the platform though because it can get quite crowded.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 12, 2023
  • obizerokenobi
    Los Angeles, California180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun tour of Melbourne!
    A great tour of central Melbourne on an old-fashioned tram car. This tram ride is free and runs on a loop around the core of the CBD. There is a pre-recorded narration describing the sites you’re passing. You can get on or off at any stop, and the stops are largely (if not entirely) at existing tram stops for regular commuters. Very fun if you have some free time or want to experience things without walking! As of midyear 2023, there is some construction along the route, so be prepared ahead of time.
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Steve W
    Sheffield, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Melbourne free tram
    Just hop on and hop off. Avoid school closing time - packed with school kids going home ! Make sure you get up to the Victoria Market, especially for the eating market on the Wednesday evening.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Travelove58
    15,313 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Icon of Melbourne, excellent free transport within inner city but...
    City trams are an icon of Melbourne. Probably the only big major city that use trams extensively. Great that it is free & comfortable, easy to use, within the INNER city only. However the charges comes in once you take it out beyond the city ( Free tram zone). The one straight fare charged is very expensive , whether you use 1 stop or more. Fines are very heavy if you are caught for not paying the fares.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,356 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    City Circle trams are fun
    Melbourne's free city circle trams are hop on and hop off; they are completely free. There are stops around the Central Business District (CBD). There are around half an hour between stops. The veteran trams are a "shake, rattle and roll" operation, but they are reliable, and fun.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Tracey F
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to see the city.
    Did this on our first day in Melbourne. Great way to get your bearings in the city, see places to go back to and it’s free! Lovely clean, good time info on tram stops and a one of a kind experience.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 13, 2023
  • anditjia
    Jakarta, Indonesia62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super efficient transport system
    The city tram circle was very convenient to get to anywhere in the city. The network is so expansive that there is almost no uncovered location. It was our main mode of transport during our two weeks stay, going as far as St Kilda. One thing we could not really figure out is how the free tram zone really works, should we still tap every time we hop on within the zone, or only when we are about to leave the zone? 😁
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 26, 2023
  • Skeney57
    Sydney, Australia24,034 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beats Walking
    Can't beat the free City Circle Tram service! Only discovered it a few years back as they don't like to tell New South Welshmen I think? Can't beat the frequency and it covers most of the area you would wander the the city centre. Also comes in very handy after a few beers at the Young & Jackson to get you back to your hotel and saves on shoe leather! A really good service and did I mention it's Free?
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 9, 2023
  • POLLYANNA57
    Brisbane, Australia531 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    Knew of Free Circle Trams. Brilliant Tourism effort. Bought passes from a 7 Eleven but suggest if stay short don’t put a lot of money on to start. We only left Free Circle to go to St Kilda. Easy and enjoyable. Rest of the visit we hopped on and off Trams which were all in Free Zone. GPS on our Mobiles didn’t work because of Hi Rise interference so recommend a good paper map.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 30, 2023
  • tammyBaltimore_Md
    Baltimore, Maryland3,819 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best way to get around the heart of Melbourne
    Majority of the city tram is free, announcements will let you know what sections have to be tapped. Best way to get around the downtown Melbourne, all stops clearly marked & announced as well. Better than any hop on/hop off bus (which is no longer an option).
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 27, 2024
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Trev B
Melbourne, Australia83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Get on and off where ever you like around the city CBD and they return to your stating point. Every time our map showed a place we wanted to see we got off had a look and then caught the next City Circle Tram to continue our sight seeing. We spent 3 hours looking at the sights and listing places we wanted to see more of the next day. You can download a map from Yarra Trams routes where the tram stops and most tourism outlets also have copies of the route and places to explore along the way.
All trams are free in the CBD and you get an onboard message if the tram is leaving the "free zone" but the tram is a cheap way to get to the beaches etc
Written January 27, 2020
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CathyGri
Newark-on-Trent, UK281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We were so impressed with this free transport around the city. Be sure to check the timetables as some evenings it stops running around 6pm whereas on other evenings the service operates until much later. You can pick up the tram leaflet inside the trams. All tram travel within the central area is free but you must pay your fare once you cross the boundary.
Written February 18, 2020
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Mac Domingo
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is a good and cheap way to explore the City of Melbourne. It gives you an overview and it gives you very good information about the city. Highly suggest you go in the morning as most people use this tram as well to go around the city.
Written January 9, 2020
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Donna T
Auckland, New Zealand432 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
City Circle sightseeing tram (free!)
A great way to get to know where things are in the Melbourne CBD - certainly worth getting on to to see the city centre, and a glimpse of what Melbourne has to offer. Nostalgic, old tram that rattles it way around the edge of city centre. The 2 times we caught this the tram was very full - but can't complain when it is free. We did end up getting a Myki card (get them from train station) which is worth every cent - also a cheap way to get around, to any parts you need to go.
Written January 13, 2020
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MarcelT2A
Auckland, New Zealand230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
This was a great aspect of the tram rides you could travel on it free of charge within the city circle limits. The tram IVR announces before hand if you will approach an where you will have to pay. Hopping on and off trams within the city is great and easy if you know where your going and what trams to take to get to your destination. Great for just getting around in a dash. This service though was always full of people I guess because it was the new years week. It was fun though for me taking my family who come from BoraBora it was their first time in Melbourne and to ride on the tram.
Written January 21, 2020
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Linda P
London, UK70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
These iconic trams are frequent, convenient and provide an excellent service to get around the inner city free of charge. The conductors on the trams and customer service staff at the tram stops were incredibly helpful. Thank you, Melbourne.
Written January 31, 2020
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Aussie S
Sydney, Australia183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
This is the original 'free' tram that went around the outside of the Melbourne CBD and past (or near) most of the city's attractions. It was primarily targeted at visitors and has a recorded commentary on these attractions. It was done on some of the older (more 'historical') trams.

It was heavily patronised by 'locals' using it to get around for free, was often filled to capacity, and usually had large service gaps as the trams inevitably bunched together.

Now Melbourne has been intelligent to make ALL trams within this circle free. This means tbe 'locals' can use the commuter trams they know, and tbe visitors can get aquainted to the city on the 'City Circle' tram before they are confident enough to move over to the commuter services.

Well done Melbourne !!!

Use this once, get a feel for the city and some info, then move to the local direct services.
Written February 19, 2020
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Marti B
Melbourne, Australia5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
The city circle tram is great for seeing various areas of Melbourne for free. The tram ride goes in 2 directions and narrates the various attractions that can visited in the Melbourne CBD and Docklands area. Be aware though that they can get crowded as the teams are attractive to locals as well as visitors.
Written March 5, 2020
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GracyC
HK189 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We took the city team on one Saturday afternoon just to sit and look around the city. It was indeed quite packed. Maybe the tram(route 35-,city circle route) intended to use the traditional tram, stopping could be made everyone who are standing falls easily.

Maybe it is wiser to take it in weekdays morning hours?

We like the detailed description of each stop, suggesting the activities in each part of the city
Written January 14, 2020
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R B
Melbourne, Australia56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
The trams have been part of Melbourne for so long they are synonymous with the city. The city circle tram runs around the perimeter of the CBD and extends to the Docklands precinct. A commentary provides points of interest at upcoming stops and you can always hop off if somewhere takes your fancy. Be aware CBD workers and students may also jostle onto the free tram. I might suggest any visitor might like to take a full lap before determining which stops to get off and rejoin. Enjoy the history, sights and the ride and, please, sit down or hold on at all times!
Written February 13, 2020
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