myki money

With myki money, you ‘pay as you go’. Simply top up with myki money to access 2 hour and Daily fares.

Your myki will automatically calculate the lowest fare possible according to the zones you travel within as you touch on and touch off.

Your first touch on of the day will create a 2 hour fare product.  If you continue to travel after your 2 hour fare expires, a daily cap applies.

When using myki money, you should have enough value on your myki to pay for your whole journey. See myki fares for fare prices.

If your myki money balance is negative (even if you have a valid myki pass), you will not be able to touch on and you will not have a valid ticket for your trip. This includes changing modes or vehicles during your journey.

Fare types

2 hour

The 2 hour fare provides unlimited travel on train, tram and bus within the product duration (2 hours or longer for regional travel), and is calculated based on the zone/s travelled.

If your first touch on of the day occurs after 6pm, then your 2 hour fare will be valid from the time of touch on to at least 3am the next morning (or until the expiry of the product duration, whichever is later).

Daily

If you travel again in the same zone/s after the expiry of the first 2 hour fare (for example, if you make a return trip), you will be charged a Daily fare. The Daily fare is the same as two 2 hour fares for the zone/s in which you travel. You can make unlimited journeys within the applicable zone/s until the end of the day and pay no more than the Daily fare.

Weekend and public holiday daily cap

On weekends and public holidays, you will pay no more than $6.00 per day for unlimited travel in Zones 1 and 2.

Seniors daily cap and free weekend travel

For more information about travelling with a seniors myki card, see Seniors.

Early Bird train travel

Travel is free using myki on the electrified train network before 7:15am on a weekday when you touch on and off.

To receive a free travel entitlement, including Early Bird and seniors free weekend travel, you need a myki money balance of $0.00 or above to touch on.

Prepaid Travel Authority

The Prepaid Travel Authority allows groups of 12 or more people (maximum of 35 on trams and 25 on buses) to travel together at a reduced rate. Please note: this is a paper ticket and not a myki card. Groups can travel on concession 2 hour or Daily myki money fares. For more information, see Prepaid Travel Authority.

Off-peak fares (V/Line only)

When you travel three or more zones, an off-peak discount of 30 per cent may apply (this is in addition to any concession discount).

Off-peak fares apply to all trips of 3 zones or more, except where you touch off in Zone 1 before 9am on a weekday, or touch on in Zone 1 between 4 and 6 pm on a weekday. 

If you don’t touch off at the end of your trip you will be charged a peak fare.

Product Duration

The 2 hour fare expires exactly 2 hours after the first touch on when you are travelling in Zones 1 and 2. The product duration for the 2 hour fare is extended for travelling across 3 or more zones to provide you with extra time to complete your journey:

Product duration
Number of Zones
travelled through
Product Duration
1 - 2 2 hours
3 - 5 2.5 hours
6 - 8 3 hours
9 - 11 3.5 hours
12 - 13 4 hours

Please refer to Zones to calculate the number of zones travelled.

In addition, if your first touch on of the day occurs after 6pm, then your 2 hour fare will be valid from the time of touch on to at least 3am the next morning (or until the expiry of the product duration, whichever is later).

Long Journeys

In some cases, a single journey may exceed the product duration if transferring between services. During interchange, you should exit the barriers (touch off) and re-enter (touch on) before boarding your connecting service if you expect the journey will exceed the product duration. Doing so will reset the product expiry and allow you more time to complete your journey.  

Change of mind

At a train station, if you touch on and then decide not to travel, touch off within 15 minutes of touching on and you are charged nothing for this change of mind. There is no change of mind period on trams or buses.