Friday, 28 August 2009

Public Transport in Melbourne

In Melbourne there are two transport zones - zone one and zone two. You can buy a daily or a two-hour ticket. A daily ticket allows you to use a train, a bus or a tram all day. You can buy your ticket from a ticket office at the train station or from a machine there.

After you buy your ticket, remember to validate it. You insert it into a machine and this machine will type the time and date on the back. If you don't have a ticket and use a train, a bus or a tram, you can pay a fine. The fine is 160 dollars. It is a lot of money to lose. If you have a ticket but you don't validate it, you can pay a fine too.

You can pay full fair or a concession fare. International students are not allowed to use concession tickets. Concession tickets are used by people who don't have a lot of money. They must be Australian citizens. If you use a concession ticket to travel, you can pay a fine.

The city is the heart of Melbourne. This is where all train lines meet. The city is in zone one. Ibrahim lives in Box Hill. He has to buy a special ticket every day. The ticket is called a zone-one-and-two ticket. It allows him to travel from Box Hill to the city.

When you use public transport, you are not allowed to drink alcohol or smoke on board. You are not allowed to use indecent language. You are not allowed to put your feet on the seat in front of you. You can pay a fine.

You can buy a special ticket on Sunday. The ticket is called the Sunday Saver Ticket. It is very cheap to buy. You can use the Sunday Saver Ticket to travel in zone one or two all day.

Before you travel somewhere in Melbourne, it is a good idea to plan your trip. Sometimes you need to take a bus then you take a train or a tram after that. You can buy one ticket to use public transport in Melbourne.

You can ask other people in the street for directions. You can say "Excuse me. Can you tell me the way to the National Bank, please?" , " How can I go to the supermarket, please? or " Where is the nearest petrol station, please?". They will help you if they can.

Taking a taxi in Melbourne is not a very good idea. Taxis cost a lot of money especially if you want to travel a long distance. If you are going somewhere late at night, it may not be possible to take a bus. You may have to take a taxi then. You can use your credit card to pay the taxi driver or you can pay in cash. You can use your telephone at home to call a taxi. The taxi will come to take you from your home.

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