Saturday, 5 June 2010

Traveling in Melbourne

When you travel on a train, a bus or a tram in Melbourne, you need to buy one ticket only. In some countries around the world people need to buy three different tickets if they want to travel by bus, train or tram.

In Melbourne there are two main transport zones – zone one and zone two. You need to know if the station you are travelling from is located in zone one or two. You also need to know where the station you are travelling to is located.

If you are travelling from a station in zone one to another station in zone one, you need to have a zone-one ticket. If you are travelling from a station in zone one to a station in zone two, you need to buy a zone 1+2 ticket.

You need to validate your ticket before you get on the train. If you don’t do so, you can get a fine.

Zone one tickets are more expensive than zone two. There are rush hours in the morning and in the afternoon. These are the times when most people need to go or come back from work. Many streets become crowded with cars during rush hours.

If you don’t have the right ticket, you can get a fine. Fines cost a lot of money. You can get a fine if you don’t have a ticket and are travelling on a bus, a train or a tram. You can also get a fine if you have the wrong ticket. Ticket inspectors are people whose job is to check passengers’ tickets.

The CBD (Central Business District) in Melbourne is in zone one. Box Hill is in zone two.

It’s a good idea to know what time your train leaves so you can go to the station early enough and not have to rush. When you walk on the platform, don’t push other passengers. Wait for the train to come to a complete stop and give passengers a chance to get off first before you get on.

On the platform you are not allowed to smoke or ride a bike or use a skateboard. You can put your life and other passengers’ lives in danger.

You are not allowed to smoke or drink alcohol when you use public transport in Melbourne. You are not allowed to put your feet on the seat in front of you.

Children under 5 years old travel for free in Melbourne. Children under 16 years of age need to have a concession ticket when they travel by public transport.