The City Circle Tram in Melbourne is a boon to Melbourne visitors. It operates daily along a city circuit passing a number of Melbourne attractions.
Hop on, hop off
Not only is travel completely free on the City Circle Tram but you get a running commentary on the places of interest along its route. You can get off the tram at any of its stops, so you can visit particular attractions at close hand, and catch the next one.
This "hop on, hop off" feature is similar to that of the Sydney Explorer buses except that the Explorer buses travel a longer circuit and you need to pay for a ticket.
How often do they travel?
The Melbourne City Circle Tram is scheduled to arrive at designated stops every 12 minutes or so from 10am to 6pm daily and until 9pm Thursday to Saturday. Schedules are subject to change.
The standard City Circle Tram is of a distinctive maroonish-brown color. Replacement or additional trams may be used on the route and be of another color altogether, but would be clearly marked "City Circle Tram."
The Melbourne City Circle Tram does not operate on Christmas Day and Good Friday.
What is the City Circle route?
The Melbourne City Circle Tram travels a rectangular route along Flinders, Spring, and LaTrobe Sts, then Harbour Esplanade in Docklands — right around the Melbourne city centre. From the western end of LaTrobe St it takes the rail spur into Docklands Drive to the Waterfront City area before doubling back to rejoin the rectangular route.
Complementary tourist bus service
A complementary free Melbourne tourist bus service is provided by the City Tourist Shuttle which takes in other Melbourne attractions on a different route.