City Circle Tram

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City Circle (Route 35)
W6 1000 turning from Nicholson St into Victoria Pde on the City Circle, 2013
W6 class tram turning from Nicholson Street into Victoria Parade in April 2013
System Melbourne tramway network
Operator Yarra Trams
Depot Southbank
Vehicle W class
Began service 29 April 1994
Locale Melbourne, Australia
Journey time 55 minutes
Operates Daily
Zone(s) Free Tram Zone
Timetable City Circle timetable
Map City Circle map
Route map

Melbourne trams route city circle map.png

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The City Circle is a zero-fare tram running around the Melbourne City Centre in Australia. Aimed mainly at tourists, the route passes many Melbourne attractions while running along the city centre's outermost thoroughfares, as well as the developing Docklands waterfront precinct. It operates in both clockwise and anti-clockwise direction.


City Circle trams on La Trobe Street in August 2007

The tram route was introduced on 29 April 1994,[1][2] requiring a small track extension along Spring Street, between Collins and Flinders Streets, to enable a complete CBD loop to be formed.[3][4] The Federal Government's Building Better Cities program funded the $6.4 million capital cost of the track expansion, while the State Government funded the running costs.[5]

Until January 2003 the western leg of the original route of the tram was down Spencer Street, but the route was then extended west to run through Docklands.[6][7] The travel time around the circle before this change was 40 minutes.[8]

During early 2006, new Passenger Information Displays were installed along with Digital Voice Announcements.

In April 2008, the service adopted the daylight saving timetable on a permanent basis, operating from 10:00 to 21:00 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The end of service at other times is 18:00.[9]

On 30 May 2009, the route was altered for a second time, being extended from Harbour Esplanade to the NewQuay and Waterfront City precincts via Docklands Drive. This made the route an elongated 'q'.[10]


Interior of a W class tram in City Circle service
W class tram on Flinders Street in August 2008

The route of the City Circle trams roughly follows the outer edges of the Hoddle Grid, with three diversions. It takes in all of La Trobe Street, Harbour Esplanade and Flinders Street. It follows Spring Street between Flinders and Bourke Streets, but travels along Nicholson Street and Victoria Street before turning into La Trobe Street. At the junction of Harbour Esplanade and Latrobe Street trams turn off the loop to run to and from a terminus towards the end of Docklands Drive, Waterfront City.


The City Circle route is operated by heritage W class trams liveried in burgundy with gold trim, however rolling stock shortages often see Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board liveried traditional green liveried W Class trams on the service. Trams display the route number 35.[11][12] The City Circle operates at a headway of 12 minutes in both directions, with the service taking approximately 60 minutes to complete a loop.[13] Ten trams are allocated to the service at any one time (five in each direction). An average of three million passengers uses the service every year, with each tram circling the city 9 times a day, or 12 times when the tram operates to 21:00.[9]


     Route 35
Free Tram Zone covers all stops.
Waterfront City Stop
Harbour Town Shopping Centre D11
NewQuay D10
(Up arrow Docklands Drive – Harbour Esplanade Down arrow)
Tram interchange Harbour Esp: 35, 70, 75; La Trobe St: 30, 35, 86
Central Pier La Trobe Street D2
(Up arrow Harbour Esplanade Down arrow)
(Down arrow La Trobe Street)
D3 Bourke Street Docklands Stadium
Docklands Stadium D1
Routes 11 & 48 via Collins Street Left arrow
D4 Collins Street Docklands Park
(Up arrow Harbour Esplanade)
D5 The Goods Shed
(Down arrow Flinders Street)
D6 Flinders Street West
Right arrow Towards North Melbourne
Routes 12, 96 & 109 via Clarendon Street Left arrow
1 Spencer Street
Left arrow 86 Spencer Street Bus interchange 216, 219 1(A)/119(C)
2 King Street Melbourne Aquarium
King Street 2
Route 55 via Queens Bridge Street Left arrow
Right arrow Route 55 via William Street
3 Bus interchange 216, 219, 220, 234, 236 Market Street
Flagstaff station William Street 3
Queen Street Bus interchange 220, 232, 234, 235, 236, 237 4
4 Bus interchange 605 Elizabeth Street Flinders Street station
Melbourne Central station Elizabeth Street 5
Right arrow Routes 19, 57 & 59 via Elizabeth Street
5 Swanston Street Flinders Street station
Melbourne Central station Swanston Street 6
1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 & 72 via St Kilda Road Left arrow
Right arrow 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 & 72 via Swanston Street
6 Russell Street
Russell Street Bus interchange 200, 207 7
Route 70 via Batman Avenue Left arrow
Exhibition Street Bus interchange 250, 251 8
Towards Richmond and Jolimont Left arrow
(Up arrow La Trobe Street)
La Trobe/Victoria Streets Bus interchange 402 9
8 Spring Street
(Down arrow Victoria Street)
(Flinders Street Up arrow)
Routes 48 & 75 via Wellington Parade Left arrow
(Spring Street Down arrow)
Routes 11, 12 & 109 via Gisborne Street Left arrow
9 Bourke Street 86, 96 Right arrow
(Up arrow Victoria Street)
(Up arrow Spring Street – Nicholson Street Down arrow)
Right arrow Routes 86 & 96 via Nicholson Street
10 Albert Street Parliament station
Victoria Parade/Nicholson Street Bus interchange Victoria Parade buses 11(A)/10(C)
Down arrow Route 30 via Victoria Parade
#(C) – clockwise stop number; #(A) – anticlockwise stop number.
Victoria Parade bus routes: 302, 303, 304, 305, 309, 318, 350, 402, 684, 905, 906, 907, 908
All stops shown. Route map is not to scale.


  1. ^ "City Circle Opens" Trolley Wire issue 258 August 1994 pages 16-22
  2. ^ "Public transport - City Loop history". Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  3. ^ "Melbourne Track and Overhead Work" Trolley Wire issue 256 February 1994 page 26
  4. ^ Lyndsay Neilson. "Getting implementation going". The Building Better Cities program 1991-96: a nation-building initiative of the Commonwealth Government. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  5. ^ Lyndsay Neilson. "Appendix 1: Funding Allocation, Victorian Area Strategies". The ‘Building Better Cities’ program 1991-96: a nation-building initiative of the Commonwealth Government. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  6. ^ "City Circle trams route change" Trolley Wire issue 292 February 2003 page 27
  7. ^ History of Melbourne Trams Routes from 1950 to 2009 Yarra Trams
  8. ^ "City Circle Tram Extended to Melbourne's Waterfront at Docklands". Minister for Major Projects, Minister for Public Transport. 23 January 2003. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  9. ^ a b "City Circle Tram to Run When the Sun goes Down". Premier of Victoria. 6 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  10. ^ Yarra Trams (2009-05-01). "Media Release: Popular City Circle tram extended to Docklands Drive". Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  11. ^ "Melbourne - Trams" Trolley Wire issue 257 May 1994 page 8
  12. ^ "Tram 35 (City Circle)". Metlink. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  13. ^ "City Circle (Free Tourist Tram)". Metlink. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 

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