If you are new to Australia or visiting Melbourne, the first thing you need to do after settling down is to opt for the myki card. The myki card is a digital ticket that allows you to travel across Victoria via public transit. It saves you the hassle of buying individual tickets each time you travel. In this article, we will guide you on where and how to buy the myki card, how much it costs, and how to use it.
Where to Buy Myki Card?
There are several ways to buy the myki card:
- At Station – You can purchase a myki card at any station.
- 7 Eleven Stores – You can also buy the myki card at 7 Eleven stores.
- Premium Station Ticket Offices – You can visit premium station ticket offices to buy the myki card.
- Android Phone Through Google Pay – Follow the instructions on Google Pay to buy the myki card.
- PTV Hubs – Visit PTV hubs to buy the myki card.
- Buy Myki Card Online – You can also buy the myki card online on the official website of PTV, http://ptv.vic.gov.au.
How Much Does Myki Card Cost?
The cost of the myki card depends on the age and concession allowance of the user. Here are the details:
- Full Fare: $6 (for adults 19+ without concession allowance including visitors)
- Concession: $3 (entitled to Pensioner concession card, Victorian Health Care Card, and Senior citizens across Australia)
- Senior Citizens from other states or country: $3
- Child: $3 (from age between 5 to 18; And for infants or kids below age 4 don’t require myki)
How to Use Myki Card?
Using the myki card is very easy. You just need to touch on and touch off when entering or exiting the platform, bus or tram. Here are the details:
- On Train – Every station has card scanners mounted close to the platforms. So while entering or exiting the platform/station, it is mandatory to touch on and off to finish your journey. Train does not carry the scanners, but stations do.
- Bus & Tram – Generally, buses and trams have several indications asking to touch on & off in case you’ve forgotten. It is advisable to scan when boarding and before alighting the transit. It hardly takes 1 second for a scanner to read your card until the tone is beeped.
- PTV App – You can also use the PTV Melbourne Journey Planner app to plan your journey. Just follow these easy steps:
- Download the app from iTunes or Android Google Play Stores
- Go to Ptv Melbourne Journey Planner
- Enter Current Location & Destination (you may also begin with the name of the nearest bus stop)
- Select Departing Date & Time
- The live 3 results with accurate timings, bus number, stops, and destination will be showed up.
There are several ways to top up your myki card:
- Train Station – You may either use the payment mode in cash or card if new to the system.
- Online – You can top up online at http://ptv.vic.gov.au . It takes 90 minutes to reflect balance in the myki account.
- Call – You can call 1800 800 007. This may take around 90 minutes to 24 hours.
- Tram Platforms Stop and Bus Interchanges – You can top up your myki card at tram platforms stop and the bus interchanges.