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Metlink's New 5 Weekend daily Travel Card $14.50

Posted By: craftykiwi, posted 2008/04/07 20:40
If you're visiting Melbourne during the holidays, or coming for a short stay anytime to see a Show, Festival or sporting event, or even if you live in Melbourne and don't use public trnasport regularly, from the first week in April, weekend train, tram and bus travel is set to become easier with the introduction of the 5 x Weekend Daily Metcard.

The 5 x Weekend Daily Metcard is a single ticket programmed with five days of Saturday or Sunday travel. It is similar to the normal 5 x Daily Metcard, but is specifically designed for travel on Saturdays or Sundays.

This new Metcard will dramatically reduce fares for many weekend passengers. It will cost just $14.50 which works out to $2.90 per day. For an adult travelling across Zones 1 and 2, it will mean a saving of up to $7.20 per day just by switching to a 5 x Weekend Daily Metcard. Passengers can use the 5 x Weekend Daily Metcard across Zones 1 and 2.
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  • Keeys2008/04/07 20:43:59
    I have no idea how all of this works being in country NSW but I'm sure I'll work it out when we get down there in July for Holidays.
  • craftykiwi2008/04/07 20:44:30
    Thought I'd pop this up as am always surprised by the number of people that don't know about the cheaper travel options on our public transport. This is one of 3 new Metcards that have been released. One of the others is 10x Early Bird card where people get to travel for free if they arrive at their destination by 7am (good for workers who start early).

    But there's also the Sunday ticket for $2.90 which allows you to travel all day on Sundays across trains, buses and trams for both Zones 1 & 2. Great if you want to spend Sunday looking around all the sites in the city.
  • geo782008/04/07 20:46:06
    nice find. i was thinking to visit my friends in Melbourne...they don't have a car, so public trasport is our only option :)
  • craftykiwi2008/04/07 20:46:28
    Keeys
    I have no idea how all of this works being in country NSW but I'm sure I'll work it out when we get down there in July for Holidays.


    Most manned stations should give you the best priced ticket but they aren't always helpful so good idea to check the link and details so you know the best deal.
  • craftykiwi2008/04/07 20:48:54
    Also remember there are concession tickets which are a bit cheaper for students and those on Health Care cards or pension cards.
    Then there is an Off-Peak daily ticket for travel after 9am. Good if you are on holiday and want to avoid peak hour.
  • Gallifrey2008/04/07 23:24:06
    hot from me, looks like great value for visitors and locals :-)
  • gstok2008/04/08 10:02:55
    A reminder that students need concession cards in order to get concession prices - a student card is not enough.

    Essentially if you want to use public transport on a Saturday or Sunday, you should now get a Weekend Daily Metcard which costs $2.90. BUT there are catches:

    1. You can only get them as a single-person 5 use ticket for $14.50. It is not available as a single-person single-use ticket for $2.90.

    2. Being a 5x ticket means only ONE person can use the ticket at a time - you can't, for example, use it 4 times for the 4 people on board.

    3. It is not available everywhere. You will need to pre-purchase it from a newsagent, etc.

    "Melbourne Public Transport - 1 step above taxis - 5 steps below quality" TM
  • geo782008/04/08 10:06:59
    do they accept student cards from interstate? i know in sydney on public transport you cannot use a student card from interstate to get the concession fare
    gstok
    A reminder that students need concession cards in order to get concession prices - a student card is not enough.

    Essentially if you want to use public transport on a Saturday or Sunday, you should now get a Weekend Daily Metcard which costs $2.90. BUT there are catches:

    1. You can only get them as a single-person 5 use ticket for $14.50. It is not available as a single-person single-use ticket for $2.90.

    2. Being a 5x ticket means only ONE person can use the ticket at a time - you can't, for example, use it 4 times for the 4 people on board.

    3. It is not available everywhere. You will need to pre-purchase it from a newsagent, etc.

    "Melbourne Public Transport - 1 step above taxis - 5 steps below quality" TM
  • lilpretzel2008/04/08 10:09:08
    They accept QLD concession cards.

    I love Melbourne trams.

    :)
  • craftykiwi2008/04/08 11:06:26
    geo78
    nice find. i was thinking to visit my friends in Melbourne...they don't have a car, so public trasport is our only option :)


    Also look at the 5-Daily ticket if visiting for more than a few days. Were the same price as a weekly ticket last time we bought one but you don't have to use them on consecutive days which means you can pick and choose when you want to travel during the week.
    (The weekly expires 7 days from when you validate it.)
  • gstok2008/04/08 15:41:24
    geo78
    do they accept student cards from interstate? i know in sydney on public transport you cannot use a student card from interstate to get the concession fare


    Nope, must be a Victorian Concession card.

    I've never been able to use a Victorian concession in NSW. It's always clearly stated NSW only. Perhaps it changed recently?

    @ craftykiwi:

    The weekend daily rate is over 50% cheaper than the normal weekday daily rate so I doubt buying a 5xdaily will be more cost effective if you're here over a weekend. The weekly might be though.
  • craftykiwi2008/04/08 15:52:52
    gstok

    @ craftykiwi:

    The weekend daily rate is over 50% cheaper than the normal weekday daily rate so I doubt buying a 5xdaily will be more cost effective if you're here over a weekend. The weekly might be though.


    No I realised this just thought that if they were on holiday for just over a week and if traveling on the Met on a week day this would be a good option, since they're unlikely to be here for 5 weekends unless they're lucky enough to get a really long break.
    Of course, a weekly is good value if you are using it every day, but sometimes you just want a break and to stay put with friends for a change, so they might waste one or more of the weekly ticket days.
  • admin2008/04/08 17:10:26
    I'll give you a hot crafty. I like these threads that encourage lots of conversation that brings out the tips and tricks. Its great.
  • craftykiwi2008/04/08 17:54:23
    gstok

    1. You can only get them as a single-person 5 use ticket for $14.50. It is not available as a single-person single-use ticket for $2.90.


    You can still get a ticket for all day travel on Sunday for $2.90 - just not available on Saturday.
  • gstok2008/04/09 15:31:39
    @craftykiwi:

    I think they've been phased out now. They are known as the "Sunday Saver". Probably they'll kick around until stocks dry out.
  • craftykiwi2008/04/09 15:43:27
    gstok
    @craftykiwi:

    I think they've been phased out now. They are known as the "Sunday Saver". Probably they'll kick around until stocks dry out.


    According to the website it looks like the Sunday Saver will stay so if you only travel on Sundays every now and then you can still get a cheap fare. The 5x Weekend Daily card is just to reduce the cost of travel on a Saturday or if you regularly travel on both days of the weekend.

    The site says:- "The cost per trip using either the Sunday Saver Metcard and a 5 x Weekend Daily Metcard works out to $2.90. If you are a regular Sunday Saver traveller, consider switching to a 5 x Weekend Daily Metcard to avoid queues when you buy your ticket .....

    You can exchange defective 5 x Weekend Daily Metcards for individual Sunday Saver tickets at station booking offices. This is the preferred method of refund. However, if wish to travel on Saturdays, then they must return the ticket to Onelink using the standard refund application form. "
  • gstok2008/04/09 16:16:31
    I stand corrected. Thanks for the clarification.

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