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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Metro Melbourne's Off-Peak Public Transport Fares Are Being Cut by 30 Percent for Three Months

The discounted weekday fares start on Sunday, January 31.
By Libby Curran
January 21, 2021
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By Libby Curran
January 21, 2021
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Maybe you've kicked off the new year with some changes to your usual work schedule — or perhaps your uni timetable is going to look a little different? Whatever the reason, if you're now catching public transport outside of the busy peak times, you'll soon score yourself a discounted fare, along with that improved shot at nabbing a seat.

For three months starting Sunday, January 31, Public Transport Victoria is slashing the price of off-peak tickets for metropolitan trains, trams and buses by 30 percent. The aim is to encourage more passengers to travel during quieter times of the day.

To automatically get the new reduced rate, you'll need to be using the pay-as-you-go Myki Money system — as opposed to the Myki Pass, which is paid up front — and you'll have to touch on and off on your bus, train or tram. The discount is only valid for weekday trips between 9.30am–4pm or after 7pm, and only applies if you're travelling solely within Zone 1, or both Zone 1 and 2. Weekend and public holiday fares will be charged at the usual rate, as will rides entirely within Zone 2.

Myki reader, Beau Giles via Flickr.

The off-peak discount comes after Public Transport Victoria announced last year that it would not be rolling out its usual annual fare price increase on January 1, 2021. That decision came in recognition of the tough year had by Victorians in 2020, with fares remaining at the same rate as last year for the next 12 months.

Public Transport Victoria's temporary off-peak discount applies for three months from Sunday, January 31. For more details, head to the Public Transport Victoria website.

Published on January 21, 2021 by Libby Curran

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