The Craigieburn railway line previously the Broadmeadows line and Essendon line is a commuter rail passenger train service operating between Craigieburn in the northern suburbs and Flinders Street in the central business district of Melbourne , Australia. The service is part of the Public Transport Victoria metropolitan rail network. After Glenroy , it continues to rise to the end of the suburban line and beyond. Earthworks are, however, generally moderate. The almost-continuous gradients were a factor when, in , an unmanned suburban train rolled the length of the line from Broadmeadows to the city , and crashed into a stationary but loaded passenger train waiting to depart Southern Cross Station then Spencer Street. No one was killed or seriously injured.
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After having a bad experience with Skybus and their subsequent non help, I decided to try alternative and cheaper!
If you know of a cheaper way, please let us know? The easiest option is to buy a card directly from the bus driver or from most 's, who can also add credit to the card. The regular bus stop is opposite Terminal 1. It's not right next to the terminal's kerb, but in one of the traffic islands further out - look for the orange-and-white sign.
When the bus reaches Broadmeadows Station, touch off the card, get out and walk into the station, touching on the card again. Take the underpass to Platform 1. From here a train will take you straight to the city centre timetable here: tt.
From any station in Melbourne's central business district, catch a train along the Craigieburn line and get out at Broadmeadows Station timetable here: tt. Step straight out through the station building to the bus bay which is just to the right as you clear the building. The bus terminates at a regular suburban bus stop at the airport, just past Terminal 1, used by Qantas and Jetstar. Hence you could transfer to another train, a bus or a tram when you reach the city centre.
I've seen posted before that Broadmeadows Station is an area that can be a bit off-putting particularly at night. Skybus normally gets excellent reviews and is the best value option for many people, particularly solo travellers.
If you have three or more people then of course a taxi starts looking pretty good. I am interested to know more about your problem with Skybus. I think the safety aspect is overplayed, the station is busy, it is staffed, the bus stop is right outside the station and its busy well after dark.
The Skybus is a victim of its own success, with the buses often overcrowded with passengers and bags - with people standing on some services. All the buses have hard seats, and the if you end up at the back of the bus there is no air, and a real motion sickness issue with the swinging tail. From 6pm at night until the last train, there are now a minimum of two Victoria Police Protective Services Officers at Broadmeadows and many other Metro suburban Melbourne stations.
On the train at night, sit in the front carriage. There is a help button in each carriage but drivers will only answer if stopped at a station. Don't misuse it: this wastes the driver's time. You must have a zero or positive balance to travel with a myki. It's essential to not just touch on but also to touch off at the end of a trip, whether on board a bus or at a railway station barrier or standalone validator.
Trams are different: touch on is mandatory, but you only have to touch off if travelling wholly within Zone 2 and that's only the longest three routes, none of which go near Melbourne Airport or Airport West.
The SmartBus runs every 15 minutes until about on weekdays. Later on weekday nights and all day on weekends, it's a half hourly frequency generally on the hour and half hour from the stand at Tullamarine Airport.
The public route bus is affected by the latter but not normally by the former. I now see 10 - 15 people on some route trips. When it used to stop and start down opposite the isolated Terminal 4, some trips ran empty or with one passenger. As always in Melbourne, unlimited transfers are allowed between trains, trams and buses within time and zone limits.
In August, exact two hour monitoring of myki use will be implemented. At present, if you touch on at , the myki smartcard doesn't begin the 'two hour period' until , so effectively you can be on board on your last trip at and use the myki until the trip on that same train, tram or bus ends, so a two hour validity becomes three and a half - to say getting off your final trip at This will be less generous come August. From January , there will be a new cheaper ceiling fare as Zone 1 plus 2 metropolitan Melbourne fares are charged at a maximum of the Zone 1 fare.
Timetables and fares are available at www. All city trams will be free then too, not just the Circle tram This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity.
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