MELBOURNE, Dec 17: The Andrews Labor Government will provide free travel for public transport on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day to make sure Victorians can celebrate and reconnect with family and friends across the state.
On Christmas Day, metropolitan and regional public transport will run to a regular public holiday timetable and will be free from 3 am until 3 am on Boxing Day, with Night Network services running through the night.
Passengers using a myki are not required to touch on and off and will not be charged if they do. Passengers on V/Line services still need to book their travel on reserved services but will be issued a ticket free of charge.
As Victorians welcome in the new year after a challenging 2020, all train, tram and bus services will also be free from 6 pm on 31 December until 6 am on 1 January.
With COVIDSafe plans in place and limits on gathering sizes applying Melburnians are encouraged to avoid the city – and to plan ahead and pre-book venues to ensure everyone can celebrate safely. Crowd numbers in the CBD are expected to be significantly reduced, with no large fireworks or public celebrations planned.
With people expected to celebrate more locally, public transport will continue across the network all night on New Year’s Eve, ensuring everyone can get back home safely. A normal weekday public transport timetable will be in place between 6 pm and midnight, with additional services after midnight.
Metropolitan trains will run to a 15-minute frequency between midnight and 1 am, a 30-minute frequency between 1 am and 2 am, and every hour from 2 am. On the tram network, most services will operate all night – running to a 15 to 20-minute frequency between midnight and 2 am, and every 60 minutes from 2 am.
In addition to free travel during the festive season, the Labor Government will not increase public transport fares in 2021 – in recognition of the difficult year, Victorians have had.
All myki and regional fares and passes will remain at their 2020 rates next year to ease the financial pressure on Victorian families and encourage people to return to the public transport network into the new year.
Face masks must be worn at all times on public transport.
For information and to plan your journey on Christmas or New Year’s Eve visit ptv.vic.gov.au