Victorian Senior Victorians and Carer Card holders are being encouraged to get back out there and enjoy Victoria with 8 days of free public transport from 21 to 28 March 2021.
Providing there are no restrictions in place, the free public transport week has been arranged for March 2021, after the October 2020 Seniors week was pushed back out due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and public health guidelines.
While there are no Festival events taking place in March, cardholders will be able to jump on public transport for free to visit attractions across Melbourne as well as regional and rural locations for a variety of exciting activities and attractions.
Where you can go
You’ll be able to travel for free on all public transport in Victoria, including:
Melbourne trains, trams and buses
Regional trains, coaches and buses (including regional town bus services)
With V-Line bookings opening from Tuesday 2 March 2021, cardholders can get out of the city and visit the Bendigo Gallery for the 70s fashion icon Dame Mary Quant Fashion Revolutionary retrospective, exploring her influence on women’s fashion springing from the youthful spirit of the 1960s. Or visit the Ballarat Begonia Festival with its creative display of Begonias in the Conservatory at the gardens featuring over 700 Begonias.
Cardholders can also take advantage of activities on offer in Melbourne including trips to theNational Gallery of Victoria, picnics in the park, visits to the Queen Victoria or South Melbourne markets as well as the Royal Botanic Gardens. Southbank promenade is filled with indoor and outdoor cafes, restaurants and live entertainment to enjoy. The Melbourne Museum and State Library are also great Melbourne icons reopened to the public.
Cardholders need only touch on and touch off as usual, and the myki readers are programmed not to charge.
In line with public health advice, everyone on public transport is required to wear a fitted face mask, practise good hygiene and physical distancing.
Please follow health directions and don't travel if you feel unwell. For more health advice visit the Coronavirus website.
Using your myki
From 21-28 March 2021 Seniors Card holders and Carer Card holders won’t be charged when touching on and off.
Throughout the rest of the year, top up with myki Money if you travel occasionally, or myki Pass if you travel often. Your card isn’t locked to myki Money or myki Pass – choose each time you top up. Find out more at www.ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 007. You can top up at hundreds of shops including all 7-Elevens; at myki machines at selected stations and stops; at premium station ticket offices; at PTV Hubs; or at www.ptv.vic.gov.au or by calling 1800 800 007.
Mobile myki is also available for Victorian seniors – for more information visit Public Transport Victoria mobile myki website: www.ptv.vic.gov. au/mobilemyki. Register online to protect your card’s balance if it’s lost or stolen.
Travelling in regional Victoria
You need to reserve a seat on long distance V/Line trains and some coaches. To book a seat on V/Line Services requiring reservations call 1800 800 007 from 10:00am on Tuesday 2 March 2021.
Seats can fill quickly – book early.
You’ll need to collect your tickets within 48 hours