Touching on and off

You should touch on and touch off as you travel so that you have a valid ticket and pay the correct fare for your journey.

When using myki money, touch on at the myki reader at the start of your journey and each time you change mode or board a different vehicle.

Touch off at the end of each trip, including each time you change mode or exit a vehicle, so the system charges you the lowest fare for your journey.

You need myki money to pay for any travel in a zone for which your myki pass is not valid.

When using myki pass, touch on and touch off to ensure you do not travel outside of the zone for which your pass is valid or beyond the expiry date of your pass.

Quick tips for touching on and off

  • Touch on at a myki reader to ensure you have a valid ticket.
  • Touch off at a myki reader to pay the lowest fare.
  • Touch your myki to the centre of the reader.
  • Listen for the beep and look for the green light to indicate a successful touch on or touch off.
  • Check the reader screen to see your remaining balance.

Metropolitan trains

Each time you enter or exit a train station, you must touch on at the myki reader at the start of your journey and touch off at the myki reader at the end.

Default fare

If you do not touch off, you will be charged with a two hour Zone 1 + 2 myki money fare.

Please note that you do not need to touch off and on again if you swap trains during part of your journey and do not exit the station.

Metropolitan trams

You must touch on at the myki reader at the start of your journey. However, you only need to touch off if your whole trip is in Zone 2*.

To avoid delays, please wait until you have entered the vehicle safely before you touch on and touch off shortly before you exit.

You cannot top up your myki on board trams. You need to top up before boarding so that you have sufficient funds to pay for your trip. Find your nearest myki retail outlet.

Default fare

If you do not touch off, you will be charged a two hour Zone 1 myki money fare.

*If you travel by tram within Zone 1 only, you do not need to touch off to pay the lowest fare. If you do not touch off, the system charges a 2 hour Zone 1 myki money fare the next time you touch on. This is the same fare you would pay if you did touch off. If your trip is entirely in Zone 2, you must touch off to pay the Zone 2 fare.

Metropolitan buses

You must touch on at the myki reader at the start of your journey and touch off at the myki reader at the end.

Default fare

Buses that operate within one zone: If you do not touch off, you will be charged a two hour myki money fare for the zone you are travelling in (Zone 1 or 2).

Buses that operate across two zones: If you do not touch off, you will be charged a two hour myki money fare between where you touched on and the end of that service. If you touch on in the Zone 1 and 2 overlap, this will be deemed Zone 2.

V/Line commuter service trains

You must touch on at the myki reader at the start of your journey and touch off at the myki reader at the end.

Default fare

The default fare for V/Line commuter services at touch on is a 2 hour peak fare between the zone of touch on and Zone 1. The conductor will reset the default fare to the end of the line (will depend on the direction the train is travelling)..

V/Line passengers are strongly advised to touch off every trip or risk paying a fare which is significantly higher than you would have paid.