Neighbourhood by Neighbourhood Review


Page last modified/checked: Friday, 20 May, 2005

The Inner Neighbourhood was not physically the largest, but it did cover the densest population and greatest diversity of public transport services. For this reason, there existed a number of specific tickets or variations of ticket types that were unique to the Inner Neighbourhood. The core ticket range is shown below. It will be seen that these tickets, as do those in the individual neighbourhood reviews, date from the early weeks and months of the system launch in November 1983.
The short lived Inner-Outer Neighbourhood tickets are reviewed in their own section later.

The line specific Rail Only weeklies were identified in the section on the core ticketing range. The full set is shown below. The furthest stations they were available to and issued from appear underneath. Note that the city stations were also required to hold the full set for the benefit of those arriving without a ticket, eg travelling from a closed station; or those wishing to renew their weekly ticket whilst in the city.

Williamstown Pier,
Altona, Galvin





Surrey Hills,



Brighton Beach

Port Melbourne,
St Kilda

These tickets were withdrawn from sale at 3pm on Friday 25th May 1984 and replaced by the inner weekly travelcard, reduced in price to $10.00. This alteration is detailed in its own section later.

Tickets unique to the Inner Neighbourhood

Tram and Bus Cash Fares

Largely because of Melbourne's extensive and heavily used street tramway system; cash, section based fares remained on sale. The range was greatly reduced to just one adult and concession ticket for travel over a maximum of 2 sections (approx 1.6km). Beyond this, the inner neighbourhood ticket was issued. Identical arrangements also applied on Government and private buses for travel wholly within the inner neighbourhood. These tickets were generally marketed as "short trip tickets", but their existance was not as widely promoted as much as it could have been. Being a common issue, this was the first and only time that MMTB Tramway style paper tickets were ever sold on Government buses, and more specifically, on private buses. The complete range is shown below.

The pairs worked together through fare rises as follows:
11/1983: 30c & 60c. 11/1985: 30c & 65c. 7/1986: 35c & 70c. 7/1987: 35c & 75c.

City Saver Ticket

The city saver area was shown on transport maps in light blue. It covered about half of what had been known as the "Central Area" under the previous zonal based system. City Saver was a 10 trip ticket available on trams and buses only, it had no train component. As the neighbourhood system consisted almost entirely of multi-modal tickets, the city saver ticket had quite a restricted market. It was sold on trams and buses and also from the Royal Arcade kiosk in the city.

Rail+Two Single

Rail+Two single had been part of the previous zonal based fare structure. It was not originally intended to retain such a ticket within the neighbourhood system, however, altered staff instructions were sent shortly before the November launch date. These advised that not only would Rail+Two single remain on issue within the inner neighbourhood, but that a concession issue would also be provided.

This sudden brace of enthusiasm for the Rail+Two had a reason. It made the range of short trip tickets uniform to trams, buses and trains thus avoiding much potential critisism from rail patrons - at least from within the inner neighbourhood.