In a bid to promote a safe return to public transport, Public Transport Victoria is giving away 250,000 free public transport travel vouchers.

Fifty thousand vouchers will be available for each of five different event categories including Christmas events, galleries and attractions, dining, performing arts, and shopping.

Vouchers will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

The vouchers will be available from 16 December, through Public Transport Victoria’s website for travel from 18 December.

Vouchers will be emailed to you, so you can print, or display it on a valid device to be shown to transport staff when riding to events. The voucher will only be valid for your nominated day of travel.

This covers all public transport in Victoria that travels to the CBD, including Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses, and regional trains, coaches and buses.

Trains, trams and buses across the state will also be made free for all passengers between 3am on 25 December and 3am on 26 December, as well as from 6pm on 31 December until 6am on 1 January.

Public transport fares to rise in 2022

After freezing fares last year, the Department of Transport this week announced an increase to public transport fares from 1 January 2022.

Metropolitan public transport fares will increase by 2.3% on average.

The increase will add 20 cents to the daily Zone 1, Zone 2 and Zone 1+2 metropolitan fares.

For regional Victorians the cost of getting around town will remain unchanged, with the regional town bus fare remaining at $2.40 for a two-hour fare or $4.80 for a daily fare – for the seventh consecutive year.

The average regional fare increase across the network will be 1.1%.

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