Visiting melbourne and staying near both a tram stop and train station

 
  doggie015 Junior Train Controller

Location: On a bus going from esplanade busport to canning bridge so I can catch a train to Esplanade station
Which one should I rely on to get me into the CBD? So far the trams have been good and I have heard all sort of horror stories about the Metro trains being cancelled and skipping stations so I wanted to hear from you lot which one is better.
The reason I am asking is because I am from Perth I am used to the trains actually running on time and stopping where they are supposed to (Myki is not as bad as the stories make out but it doesn't hold a candle to SmartRider)

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Which one should you rely on?  Well that depends on how close the city you are and how much time you have to travel.

Tram is great if you are close to your destination like the cbd and are only staying in the inner suburbs of Melbourne for example.

If you are staying further out of town then train will be your only option in most cases.

The trains are not bad actually.

Regards
Brian
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
bevans has basically said what I was going to, so obviously I agree with him. I live 5 km from the CBD and use the tram frequently. It is a good service.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

I think trams are more frequent and better suits tourists with flexible travel plans.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
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The trains are not bad actually.

bevans

No - they are worse............

Seriously though, trains are not as bad as they have been but whatever you do don't rely on them to get you where you need to go if you have a time deadline.
If you have 'drop dead' time you need to catch the train before the one that you theoretically need to catch to allow for cancellation, overcrowding and/or late running.
  ZH836301 Chief Commissioner

Location: BleakCity
Without your location the question is pointless.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
As others have said, it's hard to give you accurate advice without more information.
  Braddo Deputy Commissioner

Location: Narre Warren
If I had the choice between a train or a tram there is no way I would choose the tram.
  doggie015 Junior Train Controller

Location: On a bus going from esplanade busport to canning bridge so I can catch a train to Esplanade station
I am currently staying in a hotel in Myki Zone 1. Nearest tram stop is Boundary Rd/Flemington Rd (Route 59) and the nearest Train station is Flemington Bridge.
  Edith Chief Commissioner

Location: Line 1 from Porte de Vincennes bound for Bastille station
You are close to town and have good choices with each type of service.  You also have the #57 tram service in Racecourse Road/Boundary Road which travels via North Melbourne to the city. The real advantage in Melbourne is Myki, which allows you to travel on trams/buses/trains without a separate ticket and allows you to change your mind if one service suffers problems.  Green Enquiry Buttons on the station allow you to learn the actual arrival time of the next train and if it is delayed, then you can walk to the tram stop.  The same feature is being progressively installed on major tram stops.
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
Given that you have that choice of services, then the location of your destination, and how far you want to walk, would also come into it.  One service may have a longer travel time but a shorter walk at the end, etc.  By and large, trains are faster than trams and not subject to road traffic congestion, but then they can have their own problems, so it's horses for courses.  Invest in a good map, with rail lines and tram stops clearly marked, and the timetables will show how long it is supposed to take from A to B.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
It also depends on how long you want to wait at the station/tram stop.
  Amraks Junior Train Controller

Make sure you catch the tram in the right direction haha..

I accidentally caught a tram the wrong direction going to luna park, it was the right number tram but wrong way.
  Camster Chief Commissioner

Location: Geelong
Make sure you catch the tram in the right direction haha..

I accidentally caught a tram the wrong direction going to luna park, it was the right number tram but wrong way.
Amraks

Buses are worse, in that I have caught the right number but the wrong destination. The thing was, the bus at this particular stop, faces the same direction to go both ways.
  Camster Chief Commissioner

Location: Geelong
My first choice would be a train. We effectively have (edited Five) CBD stations that service most lines. Be mindful that Flagstaff station is closed on weekends, and I think public holidays.
  gippslander Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland, Vic
Which one should I rely on to get me into the CBD? So far the trams have been good and I have heard all sort of horror stories about the Metro trains being cancelled and skipping stations so I wanted to hear from you lot which one is better.
The reason I am asking is because I am from Perth I am used to the trains actually running on time and stopping where they are supposed to (Myki is not as bad as the stories make out but it doesn't hold a candle to SmartRider)
doggie015

Hope you had a good visit to Melbourne.
Just one thing - we don't have "train stations" in Victoria: they are called "Railway Stations".
Train stations you will find in the USA!
  Flygon Train Controller

Location: Australia
What, they're not synonyms? You'll find that pretty much everyone finds them to be the precise same thing!

Just that most people prefer one term over the other.
  gippslander Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland, Vic
What, they're not synonyms? You'll find that pretty much everyone finds them to be the precise same thing!

Just that most people prefer one term over the other.
"Flygon"


Some of us are uncomfortable with the Americanisation and dumbing down of the language.
The train station cache is now perpetuated by all journos under 40 so I suppose its a lost cause!

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