City Circle Tram
City Circle Tram
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About
The City Circle Tram is a free and convenient way to see the sights of central Melbourne and the Docklands while experiencing a ride on one of the city's much loved heritage trams.An audio commentary provides details of city landmarks and major attractions such as the City Museum, Parliament House, Docklands, Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium and the Princess Theatre.The City Circle Tram also links with other tram, train and bus routes around Melbourne.To catch the City Circle Tram, simply wait at any tram stop along the City Circle Tram route. These tram stops are specially marked with a City Circle sign.Trams operate in both directions every 12 minutes between 10am and 6pm from Sunday to Wednesday and between 10am and 9pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.City Circle Trams do not run on Christmas Day and Good Friday.
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The area
Neighbourhood: Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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  • Key
    Sydney, Australia5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great way to explore Melbourne
    It's free, quiet, comfortable and efficient. I recently took a ride on the tram and was impressed with the smooth ride and the helpful staff. The tram is an excellent way to get around the city and the surrounding areas. It's a great way to save money and time. Highly recommend it!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 May 2023
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada2,255 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All the Sights but a little crowded
    The City Circle Tram is free and has many stops within the CBD. This is an excellent way to save your legs while exploring Melbourne and it is inclusive of most of Melbourne's top attractions. The tram has clear announcements to let you know how many stops until you are leaving the free zone and when you leave it if you are traveling further so you can tap your card. Be careful on the platform though because it can get quite crowded.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 July 2023
  • obizerokenobi
    Los Angeles, California182 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun tour of Melbourne!
    A great tour of central Melbourne on an old-fashioned tram car. This tram ride is free and runs on a loop around the core of the CBD. There is a pre-recorded narration describing the sites you’re passing. You can get on or off at any stop, and the stops are largely (if not entirely) at existing tram stops for regular commuters. Very fun if you have some free time or want to experience things without walking! As of midyear 2023, there is some construction along the route, so be prepared ahead of time.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Steve W
    Sheffield, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Melbourne free tram
    Just hop on and hop off. Avoid school closing time - packed with school kids going home ! Make sure you get up to the Victoria Market, especially for the eating market on the Wednesday evening.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Travelove58
    11,345 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Icon of Melbourne, excellent free transport within inner city but...
    City trams are an icon of Melbourne. Probably the only big major city that use trams extensively. Great that it is free & comfortable, easy to use, within the INNER city only. However the charges comes in once you take it out beyond the city ( Free tram zone). The one straight fare charged is very expensive , whether you use 1 stop or more. Fines are very heavy if you are caught for not paying the fares.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,375 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    City Circle trams are fun
    Melbourne's free city circle trams are hop on and hop off; they are completely free. There are stops around the Central Business District (CBD). There are around half an hour between stops. The veteran trams are a "shake, rattle and roll" operation, but they are reliable, and fun.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 October 2023
  • Tracey F
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to see the city.
    Did this on our first day in Melbourne. Great way to get your bearings in the city, see places to go back to and it’s free! Lovely clean, good time info on tram stops and a one of a kind experience.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 October 2023
  • anditjia
    Jakarta, Indonesia55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super efficient transport system
    The city tram circle was very convenient to get to anywhere in the city. The network is so expansive that there is almost no uncovered location. It was our main mode of transport during our two weeks stay, going as far as St Kilda. One thing we could not really figure out is how the free tram zone really works, should we still tap every time we hop on within the zone, or only when we are about to leave the zone? 😁
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 October 2023
  • Skeney57
    Sydney, Australia21,999 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beats Walking
    Can't beat the free City Circle Tram service! Only discovered it a few years back as they don't like to tell New South Welshmen I think? Can't beat the frequency and it covers most of the area you would wander the the city centre. Also comes in very handy after a few beers at the Young & Jackson to get you back to your hotel and saves on shoe leather! A really good service and did I mention it's Free?
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 November 2023
  • POLLYANNA57
    Brisbane, Australia520 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    Knew of Free Circle Trams. Brilliant Tourism effort. Bought passes from a 7 Eleven but suggest if stay short don’t put a lot of money on to start. We only left Free Circle to go to St Kilda. Easy and enjoyable. Rest of the visit we hopped on and off Trams which were all in Free Zone. GPS on our Mobiles didn’t work because of Hi Rise interference so recommend a good paper map.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 November 2023
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Karen W
Gold Coast, Australia16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
So disappointing.
I thought the tram was for tourists but everyone piles on and off like a regular tram. There is a pre recording of the sights.
Would be so much better to have an actual tour guide/conductor on board.
We did 3/4 of the trip and missed the best sights as couldn't stand being squashed like sardines for any longer.
Such a shame as the old trams are a great memory of Melbourne.
Written 19 April 2024
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Christopher S
13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I expected the commentary to tell me about the history of the things we could see, in reality there was not much to see and nothing to listen to except when we went past Marvel Stadium. On the plus side, it was a free experience that passed a little while.
Written 7 April 2024
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Resort483050
Frederick, MD63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
It's great that it's free, but because of that it is VERY crowded and thus you can't really see anything if you are standing, which is very likely at any stop.
Written 31 March 2024
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Gladein A
Australia8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Experience Melbourne's charm effortlessly aboard the City Circle Tram. Providing visibility, safety, and accessibility for all, this tram effortlessly navigates through the city's core, granting access to iconic landmarks and attractions. With its well-kept interiors, spacious seating, and complimentary service, it's the perfect way to explore Melbourne's treasures at no cost.
Written 29 March 2024
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tammyBaltimore_Md
Baltimore, MD2,419 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Majority of the city tram is free, announcements will let you know what sections have to be tapped.
Best way to get around the downtown Melbourne, all stops clearly marked & announced as well.
Better than any hop on/hop off bus (which is no longer an option).
Written 27 March 2024
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Glenda M
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We were so excited to take this tram and learn all about the sites in Melbourne. In actual fact, we felt like sardines in the packed tram. We were not able to see anything because of the crowding and could barely hear any information provided. We got off less than half way through. Waste of time.
Written 26 March 2024
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NinaL
59 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed the experience of riding the tram, but were disappointed that the trams were not even close to being scheduled (I understand that traffic can be the cause) but they ended the tour abruptly and we were left to find our way back.
Written 20 March 2024
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Ruralife
82 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Too noisy. Full of tourists who are just riding for the transportation and not at all interested in hearing commentary, so. They are speaking and overpowering the recorded commentary. Disappointed.
Written 20 March 2024
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Trek31907822371
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
If you've got a few days this is OK, it involves a fair bit of waiting between trams. Very rough & noisy & no aircon so other city trams better, also free in the city. A bit of a novelty.
Written 18 March 2024
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asmyredbud
Brisbane Region, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The perfect way to explore Melbourne and its many interesting places. A frequent service although slightly overcrowded and noisy, difficult to hear the commentary at times.
Written 14 March 2024
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