The Best Stops Along Melbourne's Free Tourist Tram

The iconic city circle heritage tram in Melbourne, tram-35 that has been transporting passengers for decades.
The iconic city circle heritage tram in Melbourne, tram-35 that has been transporting passengers for decades. | Photo by Aditya Joshi on Unsplash
Kelly Hawke

Ride a piece of Australia’s heritage via the City Circle tram (route number 35) in Melbourne’s central district. The City Circle tram provides a free and convenient way for tourists and locals to witness Melbourne‘s prominent tourist attractions and major events, while riding on an iconic tram. Hop on!

Tricks of the tram

The City Circle tram is free, however you may want to purchase a Myki Explorer card so you can explore other areas of the city once you’ve travelled on the route 35. trams operate in both a clockwise and anti-clockwise direction every 12 minutes between 10am – 6pm Sunday –Wednesday and 10am – 9pm Thursday – Saturday. To catch the City Circle tram, wait at any marked tram stop along the City Circle tram route.

Melbourne Central

Melbourne Central captures the heart of the city. From stylish boutiques, entertainment, watering holes and restaurants, you’ll get a glimpse of what this buzzing city has to offer. It’s also worth hopping off at the Melbourne Central stop to explore the State Library of Victoria.

Waterfront City, Docklands

Melbourne’s Waterfront City offers fine dining, entertainment and shopping for all those wanting to visit a buzzing tourist precinct. A must-visit is Harbourtown Melbourne, where you can shop til you drop. If you’d like to see the city from above you can jump on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Renowned as one of the world’s finest gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens offers a picturesque landscape to enjoy. Discover the rare and beautiful plants and iconic buildings dotted throughout the gardens, located on the banks of the Yarra River.

Old Melbourne Gaol

An iconic destination for those visiting Melbourne, the Old Melbourne Gaol was built in the 1800s. The gaol is full of history and even witnessed the hanging of infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly. For those who like to learn a bit about the history of Melbourne, and it’s criminal system, this is for you.

Princess Theatre

Described as ‘the grand old dame’ of Melbourne’s theatres, the Princess Theatre has a long history of showcasing the best entertainment in the city. It dates back to 1886, but despite its age still hosts some of the best shows that come to town, including the critically acclaimed The Book of Mormon.

Federation Square

Federation Square is a meeting point most Melbournians have frequented. This mixed-use space plays home to some of the cities most popular festivals, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The area boasts endless restaurants, cafes and bars, usually filled to the brim with locals and tourists.

Melbourne Aquarium

If you’d like to escape the hustle and bustle of Victoria’s capital city then the best place may be under the sea. Jump off at the Melbourne Aquarium stop and you’ll find the home of 10,000 aquatic animals, including one of the world’s largest saltwater crocodiles!

Flinders Quarter

For the art-inspired tourists, Flinders Quarter is the place for you. It’s got Australia’s largest concentration of commercial art galleries and is considered the precinct for creatives. Dust off that felt hat, put on those thick frame spectacles and embrace the creative side of Melbourne. Flinders Quarter is also a stomping ground for foodies and shopaholics for the beautiful bars and boutique fashion outlets that are scattered throughout.
Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.


Keen to explore the world?

Our passionately curated premium small-group trips are an invitation to connect with like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences.