Day and night Melbourne trams bustle through the streets of the city and suburbs.
Melbourne trams were introduced in 1885. It is now the largest network in the world, consisting of 245 kilometres (152 miles) of track, 500 trams, 28 routes, and 1,813 tram stops. The trams are powered using 600V DC delivered via overhead wires and run on standard gauge track.
No trip to Melbourne would be complete without a trip on a Melbourne Tram.
Currently operated by a private company, Yarra Trams run under contract from the Victorian Government, the owner of the network.
The City Circle tram is a free tourist tram that operates within the Melbourne CBD. IT runs between 10am to 6pm every day except Christmas Day and Good Friday. Trams travel every 12 minutes on a circular route which passes major tourist attractions and link with other tram, train and bus routes in and around Melbourne.
The Melbourne tram timetable is available on the Metlink website. Tram routes extend to the south Melbourne beach, Melbourne University, the airport, the Docklands, St Kilda Beach and Port Melbourne. Routes extend across the inner southern and inner eastern suburbs.
The Melbourne tram network is continually expanding. It is impressive in its size and its efficiency.
In 2007, a total of 156.4 million passenger trips were recorded on Melbourne's trams. The City Circle tram route will be extended into waterfront City and the Southern Star Observation Wheel in Docklands by mid-2009. The Government has allocated $50 million to extend the Think Trams programme in 2010-2011.