Melbourne tram route 6

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Route 6
Melbourne University - Glen Iris
A D1 class tram on route 6 in front of Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street.
A D1 class tram on route 6 in front of Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street.
System Melbourne tramway network
Operator Yarra Trams
Depot Malvern[1]
Vehicle Z class, D1 class
Locale Melbourne, Australia
Start Melbourne University
Via Carlton
Melbourne CBD (Swanston St)
End Glen Iris
Length 12.7 km (7.9 mi)[1]
Zone(s) Zone 1 for the entire route
Annual patronage 5.4 million[2]
Timetable Route 6 timetable
Map Route 6 map
Route map

Melbourne trams route 6 map.png

Route 5 ←   → Route 8

Tram route 6 is a public transport service in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It runs from the Melbourne University to Glen Iris in the eastern suburbs.

Like most tram routes in Melbourne, it is entirely within myki ticketing Zone 1.

In response to the State Government's 2001 Melbourne 2030 planning policy, the Public Transport Users Association lobbied to extend route 6 to Ashburton railway station.[3]


The origins of route 6 lie in separate tram lines, an electric line from Melbourne University to Queensberry Street, a cable tram from Queensberry Street to High Street and an electric line from St Kilda Road to Burke Road.

Cable trams first travelled from Queensberry Street, Carlton to Milton Street, Balaclava, on 11 October 1888, with the line opened by the Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company.[4]

The Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust opened a line from Charles Street, Prahran to Tooronga Road, Glen Iris along High Street on 30 May 1910.[5] This line was extended west to Punt Road on 14 March 1911 and again, to St Kilda Road on 14 September 1912, connecting with the St Kilda Road cable tram to the city, both extension were built by the Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust.[6] The Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust extended the line again on 25 March 1914, this time east, to it current terminus at Malvern Road.[6]

The Melbourne, Brunswick and Coburg Tramways Trust opened its line from Park Street, North Carlton to Queensberry Street, Carlton along Lygon Street, Elgin Street and Madeline Street - as the section of Swanston Street north of Victoria Street was originally known - on 31 October 1916.[6]

The Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board converted the Swanston Street/St Kilda Road cable line to electric traction between 1924 and 1926, with electric trams able to run to High Street on 28 March 1926 and able to travel the entire length on 29 August 1926.[7]



D1 class tram on route 6 in Swanston Street

Route 6 runs from Melbourne University travelling south on Swanston Street, through the CBD, passing Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne Central railway station, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Town Hall, City Square, St Paul's Cathedral, Flinders Street railway station, Federation Square and Birrarung Marr.

Crossing the Yarra River into Southbank along St Kilda Road, traversing the suburbs of Melbourne and South Melbourne, Victoria, it passes The Arts Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria Barracks and Shrine of Remembrance.

It turns east into High Street, Melbourne, traversing the suburbs of Prahran, Windsor, Armadale, Malvern and Glen Iris to its terminus at Malvern Road, Glen Iris.

Schematic map[edit]

Route 6
Melbourne University Routes 1, 8 Stop 1
La Trobe Street Melbourne Central Station Routes 30, City Circle 8
Lonsdale St 9
Bourke St Routes 86, 96 10
Collins St Routes 11, 12, 48, 109 11
Federation Square Flinders Street Station Routes 70, 75, City Circle 13
Arts Precinct Route 1 14
St Kilda Road
Southbank Bvd 16
Coventry St 18
Domain Interchange Routes 8, 55 20
Toorak Road 22
Commercial Road Route 72 25
High Street Routes 3/3a, 5, 16, 67 27
Punt Rd 28
Chapel St Route 78 31
Williams Road 35
Orrong Road 38
Armadale Station Armadale Station 40
Kooyong Rd 41
Glenferrie Road Route 16 44
Tooronga Road 48
Harold Holt Swim Centre 49
Burke Road 51
Glen Iris Glen Iris Station 53

Not all stops are shown, refer to timetable for full list of stops.


Route 6 is run from Malvern depot[8] and is predominantly run with Z class and D1 class trams.

A truncated, off-peak version of route 6 exists as route 7. This route also begins at the University of Melbourne, but ends at Glenferrie Road at Malvern Town Hall. It only operates in the direction away from the city.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Route 6, Yarra Trams, retrieved 11 June 2013 
  2. ^ "Facts & figures". Yarra Trams. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  3. ^ The Real Transport Challenges: A Call for a Vision (PDF), Public Transport Users Association: 56, retrieved 2011-11-03 
  4. ^ Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company Limited, TMSV Running Journal Vol 9 No 3, page 16, retrieved 2011-10-16 
  5. ^ Milestones, 1901 - 1910, Yarra Trams, retrieved 2011-10-02 
  6. ^ a b c Milestones, 1911 - 1920, Yarra Trams, retrieved 2011-10-02 
  7. ^ Milestones, 1921 - 1930, Yarra Trams, retrieved 2011-10-02 
  8. ^ Malvern Depot, VICSIG, retrieved 2011-09-26 

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