I've heard Melbourne ticket inspectors make traveling on the trains unpleasant for tourists, is this true?
Not that I remember.. I was asked for my ticket once on a train over there but it wasn't any different from being asked on any other Eurail train. Perhaps its one of those things that only people with bad experiences are going to post opinions online.. They always say if you have a bad experience you'll tell at least 7 people but if its good you'll tell no one.
Honestly, I can't see how they could make it that unpleasant for you.. I mean what can they really do? about 10 years ago
I have never had trouble with the inspectors in Melbourne. As long as you have a valid ticket then there are no problems. If you jump on a tram / train without a ticket then of course if an inspector comes along and you are going to get a fine or be asked to purchase a ticket.
There were pretty strict when the commonwealth games were on because of the amount of tourists.
Best advice is to always make sure you have a ticket. about 10 years ago
Inspectors in Melbourne tend to travel in packs. 4 or 5 for most times. If you have a validated ticket then they are fine, if you don't they can be pretty blunt and intimidating. It all depends on the inspectors though!
As Rachel mentioned above, have a valid ticket and you are fine! about 10 years ago
Brisbane's probably worse as they have 20ish zones (Melbourne has 2). So if you go one zone past your ticket, you could be liable for a fine if there's any ticket inspectors on board. Melbourne is far simpler in that sense. Just get a ticket and relax. about 10 years ago
Over dozens of visits (and heaps of train trips), I've never had a problem with Melbourne inspectors. In fact, on the regular suburban trains I've hardly ever seen them. They're rather more visible on the trams, but then they need to be -- there's a segment of Melbourne residents who you can see racing to validate their tickets as soon as an inspector gets on board . . .
And as everyone says, no drama if you get a ticket, and the system's not very complicated. A 2-Zone Daily (which costs about $10) will let you go pretty much anywhere on the city trains, buses and and trams. about 10 years ago
It really does depend on the inspector, most are fine and don't 'seem' to want to book tourists.
Living in St Kilda, I get to see lots of tourists and I use the tram to get into town 2-3 times a week. I've actually seen a couple of inspectors help tourists with purchasing a ticket on the trams before. If you honestly forget to grab a ticket or can't figure out how, asking for their help is not a bad idea.
As Jack says above, locals will help if you have any issues.
One small trick to keep in mind.....purchase a 2-hour ticket on the tram after 6:00pm, it will actually be valid for the rest of the night. about 10 years ago
I just got here, and the inspectors have been really helpful so far. The only thing they seem very adamant about is that you have to remember to validate your tickets, so even if the gates are open, and the train is leaving, make sure you punch in your ticket at the gate first.
Otherwise, at your exit point, when your ticket registers as invalid.... you'll probably just get a warning, the guard will validate your ticket for you, and then let you through (happened to me :P).
Sunday super-saver tickets are great, I think AUD$3.10 for all day, Zone 1 and 2. about 10 years ago
The train/tram inspectors in Melbourne are dogs !!!
I would not subject anyone to their harassment.
I note you are all saying if you have a valid ticket they are not a problem. Maybe if you are a grown adult. I have seen them talk to students with contempt. This bothers me.
My daughter has a halfyearly student concession and travels a fair distance to school. I have just rung MYKI and they claim there is no money on it and it is the wrong card! Don't try and tell me the inspectors will not hassle her!!! MYKI get your act together. over 8 years ago
I agree with Roe...the inspectors are stupid!!! I have travelled ONLY in Zone2, but one particular bus, it charged for Zone 1 & 2 and I am on the last stop of Zone 2, so no chance for me entering into Zone1. When I rang MYKI they said the bus driver didn't setup correctly, but I questioned them how does it works on a metcard? NO Answer from them...they tell stupid reasons, and when I explained the situation the ticket inspectors don't understand. I got fined for their bloody mistake. Maybe they are helpful in the city, but not on the suburban trains. almost 8 years agoAnswered by Rosa via WorldNomads.com
the inspectors in Melbourne have an extremely bad reputation for bullying, and over aggressive behavior to the comparatively minor offence of ticket evasion.
Look at this video footage and read the article.
They all deserve to be locked up for the abuse of their powers. As mentioned above, they truly are dogs. almost 8 years agoAnswered by Clean your act up via Travellr.com
A few things of note:
- Melbourne has recently introduced a new ticketing system, not such a big deal now but once they phase out the old tickets tourists will have to get a Myki to ride on trains / trams, and I haven't yet heard of any plans for disposable Mykis for tourists so I am not sure how non residents are meant to get around
- They are soon introducing armed faux-officers on transport (although hard to say how that will affect things, I pray they get more training)
- They appear to have stepped up the number of inspectors / inspections
That being said, I have almost always traveled with a valid ticket, and not had a problem (the one time I forgot my wallet I hopped off the tram and walked, as I wasn't sure how much the fines might be). almost 8 years ago