Melbourne tram route 5

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Route 5
Melbourne University - Malvern
D1 class tram at The Arts Centre in November 2007
System Melbourne
Operator Yarra Trams
Depot Malvern
Vehicle Z class
D1 class
Locale Melbourne, Australia
Start Melbourne University
Via Carlton
Melbourne CBD (Swanston St)
End Malvern
Length 12.6 km (7.8 mi)
Zone(s) Free Zone: Stops 8-13
Myki: Stops 1-7, 14-52
Annual patronage 4.1 million
Timetable Route 5 timetable
Map Route 5 map
Route map

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Melbourne tram route 5 is operated by Yarra Trams on the Melbourne tram network. It operates from Melbourne University to Malvern.

The 12.6 kilometre route is operated by Z and D1 class trams from Malvern depot.[1][2]


The origins of route 5 lie in separate tram lines, namely an electric line from Melbourne University to Queensberry Street, a cable tram from Queensberry Street to St Kilda Junction and a number of electric lines from St Kilda Junction to Burke Road.

Cable trams first travelled from Queensberry Street, Carlton to Milton Street, Balaclava (just south of Carlisle Street), on 11 October 1888, with the line opened by the Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company.[3]

The Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust opened a line from Glenferrie Road, Malvern to Burke Road, Malvern East along Wattletree Road on 30 May 1910. A line was built by the Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust, between Wattletree Road and the Sandringham railway line in Windsor along Glenferrie Road and Dandenong Road, opening on 16 December 1911. The Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust extended the Dandenong line a short distance from the Sandringham railway line to Chapel Street on 31 March 1912.[4]

The Melbourne, Brunswick and Coburg Tramways Trust opened its line from Park Street, Carlton North to Queensberry Street, Carlton along Lygon, Elgin and Madeline Streets (as the section of Swanston Street north of Victoria Street was originally known) on 31 October 1916.[4]

On 27 December 1925, the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board converted a small section of cable tram track along Wellington Street to electric traction, connecting the Dandenong Road line to St Kilda Junction. Another small section of track along Wattletree Road from Denbigh Road/Dandenong Road to Glenferrie Road was opened by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board on 24 June 1928, giving a more direct route from Burke Road to St Kilda Junction.[5]

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 St Kilda Junction from 28 March 1926 and able to travel the entire length from 29 August 1926.[5]

As part of the St Kilda Junction separation works, the Wellington Street section was abandoned for a new section of track along the newly created Queens Way on 4 November 1968.[6]

Large sections of these lines make up what is today's route 5.

During the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the route was merged with route 55 to West Coburg at Domain Interchange, to alleviate congestion along St Kilda Road.[7]



Route 5 operates from Melbourne University travelling south through the CBD on Swanston Street via Melbourne Central station and Flinders Street stations. After crossing the Yarra River it continues south along St Kilda Road to St Kilda Junction, where it descends to Queens Way, Windsor and heads east, at Chapel Street, Queens Way becomes Dandenong Road. It continues east passing through Prahran, Armadale, Malvern and Malvern East to its terminus at Burke Road.


Route 5
Melbourne University Routes 1, 8 Stop 1
La Trobe Street Free Transit Zone Melbourne Central station Routes 30, City Circle 8
Lonsdale Street Free Transit Zone 9
Bourke Street Free Transit Zone Routes 86, 96 10
Collins Street Free Transit Zone Routes 11, 12, 48, 109 11
Federation Square Free Transit Zone Flinders St station Routes 70, 75, City Circle 13
Arts Precinct Route 1 14
St Kilda Road
Southbank Boulevarde 16
Coventry Street 18
Domain Interchange Routes 8, 55 20
Toorak Road 22
Commercial Road Route 72 25
High Street Route 6 27
St Kilda Junction Routes 3/3a, 16, 67 30
Chapel Street Windsor station Route 78 32
Williams Road 35
Orrong Road 38
Wattletree Road Route 64 40
Kooyong Road 42
Glenferrie Road Malvern station Route 16 45
Cabrini Hospital 47
Tooronga Road 49
Malvern (Burke Road) 52

Not all stops are shown, refer to timetable for full list of stops
Free Transit Zone denotes free travel zone


Routes 5 is operated out of Malvern depot by Z and D1 class trams.[2] It is occasionally operated by D2 class trams. From 19:00 the service only operates between Orrong Road and Malvern, with services timetabled to connect with route 64 services.


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