Melbourne tram route 6

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Route 6
Melbourne University - Glen Iris
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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 Glen Iris
Length 12.7 km (7.9 mi)
Zone(s) Free Zone: Stops 8-13
Myki: Stops 1-7, 14-53
Annual patronage 5.4 million
Timetable Route 6 timetable
Map Route 6 map
Route map

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Melbourne tram route 6 is operated by Yarra Trams on the Melbourne tram network. It operates from Melbourne University to Glen Iris.

Like most Melbourne tram routes, route 6 operates entirely in Myki Zone 1. The 12.7 kilometre route is operated by Z and D1 class trams from Malvern depot.[1][2]


The origins of route 6 lie in separate tram lines, namely an electric line from Melbourne University to Queensberry Street, a cable tram from Queensberry Street to High Street 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 Charles Street, Prahran to Tooronga Road, Glen Iris along High Street on 30 May 1910.[4] 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 extensions were built by the Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust.[5] The Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust extended the line again on 25 March 1914, this time east, to its current terminus at Malvern Road.[5]

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.[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 High Street on 28 March 1926 and able to travel the entire length on 29 August 1926.[6]

Route 6 is scheduled to run to East Coburg starting July 2015 after tram route 8 is discontinued.[dated info]



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

Crossing the Yarra River onto the Southbank, it continues along St Kilda Road, passing The Arts Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria Barracks and the Shrine of Remembrance.

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


Route 6
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 5 27
Punt Road 28
Chapel Street Route 78 31
Williams Road 35
Orrong Road 38
Armadale station Armadale station 40
Kooyong Road 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
Free Transit Zone denotes free travel zone


Route 6 is operated out of Malvern depot by Z and D1 class trams.[2]


  1. ^ Facts & figures Yarra Trams
  2. ^ a b Route 6 Yarra Trams
  3. ^ "Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company Limited" (PDF), Tramway Museum Society of Victoria Running Journal Vol 9 No 3, page 16 
  4. ^ "Milestones, 1901 - 1910", Yarra Trams 
  5. ^ a b c "Milestones, 1911 - 1920", Yarra Trams 
  6. ^ "Milestones, 1921 - 1930", Yarra Trams 

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