Today was an amazing new day when I got to travel alone in different parts of Melbourne using the public transport. Basically, there are 3 modes of public transport in Australia – Train, Bus and Tram. In Melbourne, you can commonly find Tram passing through the roads and they effectively work in tandem with the other lanes of traffic. Metro is the most effective mode of transport commonly used by people travel within the city, connecting different parts of Melbourne.
Melbourne is divided into two zones (zone 1 and zone 2), which has the same metro system connecting all the stations. The travel and use of Metro rail in Melbourne is flawlessly easy and I really admire the punctuality, professionalism in their service. The third is the least used form of transport – Bus. The bus service is mostly used to connect smaller distances, especially by students.
A very interesting aspect is that the entire public transport system transactions in Melbourne is handled by a smart card called “MyKi”. The MyKi card can be purchased at any railway station for approximately 6 USD and can be recharged for different amounts. Each time you enter and leave a public transport facility you need to “touch on” and “touch off” promptly. The process will automatically calculate the time and travel fare for your respective journey using the public transport. The smart card can be recharged any time online or at kiosks at railway stations. Remember to collect your bill after each top up / recharge done.
In short, Melbourne (mostly other places in Australia too) is well connected and the public transport system is superb! From my short experience, I would totally recommend the use of the public transport system. In case you want to use your own car, even fuel isn’t very expensive here either. Another note I would like to make is the travel experience. Everyone travelling in various modes respect each other’s space, you can see most people busy reading or listening to music.
On the roads of Australia, pedestrians are given high priority. You can see cars stopping by and reversing to help people move around. On the flip side, there is strict rules and signals to be followed while crossing roads on foot. Traffic signals, lane traffic rules are religiously adhered to and it was delighting to watch road crossing assistants at work helping out people crossing roads in busy areas.