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The Victorian Government’s “Fare Go” package, announced in December 2006, means that V/Line fares will provide even better value for Victorians from Sunday, 4 March 2007. Click on the links below for more information:

Benefits
Lower fares
Peak and off-peak times
First Class upgrades
Reservations for long distance services
Business Card withdrawal

Benefits

A quick look at some of the benefits from 4 March 2007

Changes

Commuters/short distance travellers

Leisure/long distance travellers

Lower fares across regional Victoria

 

20% reduction on most ordinary and concession fares.

20% discount on all periodical tickets including Weekly, Monthly and Date-to-Date.

At least a 20% reduction on most ordinary and concession fares including Off-Peak tickets.

 

Off-Peak fares for long distance travel that is competitive with the cost of a car

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Fare reductions for outer regional travel including V/Line Link services.

Off-Peak single fares that are no more than $42 ($21 concession*) from the furthest point in Victoria.

Simpler peak and off-peak times

Peak services: weekday services that arrive into Melbourne before 9am and depart Melbourne between 4pm to 6pm.

Off peak services: all other services outside the peak times including weekends* and public holidays.

Consistent peak and off peak times from Monday to Friday.

Timetable changes on 4 March 2007 have moved some long distance services into the evening off-peak, which makes fares even lower.

Weekends* and public holidays are off peak travel.

New First Class upgrade

 

 

First class travel now equals an economy fare plus a $3 upgrade fee for people travelling less than 100 km.

A new $25 First Class Multicard (10 trips) for first class customers.

First Class travel now equals an economy fare plus a $6 upgrade fee for people travelling more than 100km.

A new $25 First Class Multicard (5 trips) for first class customers.

Reservations on all long distance services

 

 

Reservations are now required on all long distance services – even when travelling a short distance on board a long distance service.

Call 136 196 or ask at your local V/Line station.

Reservations are now required on all long distance services to provide certainty and comfort.

Call 136 196 or ask at your local V/Line station.

Extended travel across metropolitan Melbourne

When you travel into metropolitan Zone 1 on a V/Line ticket you can travel anywhere across metropolitan Melbourne for free.

When you travel into metropolitan Zone 1 on a V/Line ticket you can travel anywhere across metropolitan Melbourne for free.

*Off-Peak concession fares will continue to be unavailable for weekend travel.

Lower fares

From 4 March 2007 V/Line fares will give you extra value with prices reducing by an average 20%. This applies to concession as well as full fare tickets.

For regular commuters

V/Line’s discounted Weekly, Monthly and Date-to-Date tickets, popular with commuters, have dropped by an average 20% from 4 March 2007.

For leisure travellers

  • For people travelling long distances, fares have reduced even further – in some cases up to 50%compared to equivalent services today.
  • Altogether it beats the cost of travelling by car – even when there is more than one of you travelling!
  • It means that the most customers will spend is $42 ($21 concession*) for an off peak single trip – and that is from anywhere in Victoria to Melbourne.
  • Not only can customers travel economically within Victoria but also interstate too on reduced V/Line Link service fares, which is great when travelling to Adelaide, Canberra or up the Sapphire Coast.
  • Reservations on these services are essential.

*Off peak concession fares will continue to be unavailable for weekend travel

Peak and off-peak times

From 4 March 2007, there are simpler rules for peak and off peak travel to make it easier and, in most cases, cheaper to travel with V/Line.

Monday to Friday
Morning peak: All services arriving into Melbourne* before 9am.

Evening peak: All services departing Melbourne* between 4pm and 6pm.

Off-peak: All services departing Melbourne* from the first service until 4pm and then after 6pm until the last service.

All services arriving into Melbourne* after 9am until the last service.

*Melbourne is defined as Southern Cross Station, Flinders Street Station, North Melbourne Station and Richmond Station.

Weekends
All services are off-peak. Off-peak concession fares will continue to be unavailable for weekend travel.

Public holidays
All services are off-peak.

Return off-peak travel
We made some changes to the timetable, also from 4 March 2007, so that off peak return travel is available between the major outer regional centres and Melbourne. While evening departure times on some long distance trains have moved after 6pm, prices have dropped significantly as a result – close to 50% on some services. So now the train beats the car in price – and that’s for two or more people travelling together.

First class upgrades

From 4 March 2007, First class has becomes more affordable – as it’s simply an upgrade fee on top of a standard economy fare.

Upgrade fee more affordable for leisure travellers

The First Class upgrade for customers when travelling:

  • less than 100 kilometres = $3
  • more than 100 kilometres = $6.

This provides great value – especially for people travelling longer distances. With the First Class upgrade it is much more affordable to travel in first class comfort.

First class convenience for regulars

For convenience V/Line has introduced a First Class Multicard for regular travellers which, at $25, offers:

  • 10 First Class Upgrades on journeys less than 100 kilometres.
  • 5 First Class Upgrades on journeys more than 100 kilometres.

As the First Class Multicard is undated, it’s flexible and can be used on the occasions when you want to travel in first class.

Reservations for long distance services

To give long distance customers certainty and comfort when travelling, V/Line has introduced compulsory reservations for economy and first class services for long distance travel to and from:

  • Bairnsdale
  • Albury Wodonga
  • Shepparton
  • Swan Hill
  • Echuca
  • Ararat
  • Warrnambool.

Making a reservation

Reservations can be made through:

You can make your reservation on long distance services, including V/Line Link routes, up to three months before you travel. Early bookings are encouraged, particularly if you wish to guarantee a first class seat.

Business card withdrawal

The V/Line Business Card was withdrawn from sale on 1 January 2007.

This withdrawal was for two main reasons:

  • Unlike other V/Line tickets, the Business Card is an undated ticket and therefore is not valid for travel across metropolitan Melbourne.
  • It is not compatible with the forthcoming myki smartcard ticket system – an equivalent product will be introduced when the new system is implemented.

The 20% reduction in V/Line fares means that the Weekly, Monthly and Date-to-Date tickets provide a greater level of discount to the regular traveller than the Business Card did. They also provide “no-cost” travel in metropolitan areas.

Business Cards will no longer be accepted as valid tickets for travel from 30 April 2007. Your Business Cards can be refunded at your V/Line station up until 30 June 2007.