Handy public transport apps


Public transport – whether you love it or hate it, you will have to catch it at some point in your life!

There are so many handy apps and online tools to help you survive the Melbourne public transport system. Some of which you may be already familiar with, some of which you may not know even existed!

In today’s post, I will share some apps and tools that has helped me with the public transport system, including: checking what time the train is coming, how to get to places by public transport, checking for disruptions on the lines, or checking your myki balance!

Here we go:

Checking what time the train is coming and figuring out how to get to places

PTV app


So you want to find out what time the train/bus/tram is coming? This app will tell you what time they’re coming and you can favourite your stops too.

I remember when I first downloaded this app when it came out and it was just a mess, but it looks like they’re made some improvements to it. (Apparently you can plan your trip with the app, but I can’t figure out how to…)

The app is available on iPhone, Android, and on Nokias

Website: http://ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/mobile-apps/

Original PTV app/Metlink


I personally prefer this app over the PTV one before. It’s easier to use and has more functions – you can plan trips (let’s say you need to go to someone but don’t know how, you can just put in the address and they will figure out the route for you), you can see when the next 5 train/bus/tram/vline/nightrider bus is coming, you can see where the nearby stops are, there are maps of the lines etc.

Not sure if it’s available with other phones, but PTV original is available on iPhones.

Tram Tracker


This app is for trams specifically and like the title says, it tells you when the tram is coming.

This app is available on iPhone and android.

Website: http://yarratrams.com.au/on-your-smartphone/

Checking for any disruptions on the lines

Metro Notify


This is my recent discovery! This is a new app where you can track if there are any disruption on the train lines.

Very handy if you don’t want to be late for an exam or for that 9am lecture etc.

The app is available on iPhone and Android.

Website: http://metrotrains.com.au/metronotify


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You don’t even need a twitter account to check this! You can just go to the link below, and check their tweets if there are any disruptions on the train lines.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/metrotrains

Check it online

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You can check for disruptions online here, but you can also do everything on the PTV website: you can check what time the train is coming, the timetables, figuring out how to get to places etc.

Checking how much money there’s left on your myki

Yes, there are apps for that, but it ain’t free! Don’t forget you can always check your myki balance online, or at one of those myki machines at the stations.


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This app gives you your myki details: the card number, what zone your card is for…most importantly how much money there’s left on your myki!

There’s also a twitter aspect to this app where you can receive tweets straight from metro about any disruptions.

It’s only available for iPhones and the app costs $1.99.


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It does the job by telling you your myki balance, but that’s about all. It is cheaper (99 cents), but I would probably get the notify4myki app (above) instead.

Available on iPhone and Android


And that’s all the apps and online tools I have under my sleeve!

Hope this post comes in handy one day


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