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Melbourne Extends Free Tram Zone For Swifties

13 February 2024 | 9:09 am | Mary Varvaris

Meanwhile, 150 extra trains have been added to the schedule for Swift's impending Melbourne shows.

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Taylor Swift is performing in Melbourne this week, taking over the MCG on 16, 17 and 18 February, which means that an estimated 260,000 people are descending into the city of Melbourne, and they need outstanding public transport.

Swift’s Eras tour is expected to go beyond how busy the city would get for the AFL Grand Final Day; in fact, triple-times the Grand Final crowds. With a predicted 86,000+ crowd per show, Melbourne is about to get very busy. Luckily, even with some train lines affected by disruptions, plenty of public transport will help Swifties get to and from the MCG.

Melbourne’s Free Tram Zone will be extended while Swift is in town, with routes 48, 70 and 75 allowing fans to travel to the MCG free of charge.

Minister for Active and Public Transport Gabrielle Williams said in a statement, “We’ve added hundreds of extra train and free tram services across the three days to get Swifties to the shows as easily and safely as possible.”

Williams added that the Eras tour’s impact would be humongous, summing it up as “three AFL grand finals back-to-back”.

In addition to increasing Free Tram Zone capacity, the City of Melbourne has added a whopping 150 extra Metro trains across the three days, with extra regional V-Line trains added, too, including on the Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour lines.

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The Frankston and Belgrave lines are affected by disruptions and will have replacement buses helping fans move around. Narre Warren, Keon Park, Croydon, and Parkdale stations will also be closed.

Despite the disruptions, public transport is still your best way to get to Swift’s Eras dates in Melbourne, as traffic will be huge and parking is limited (and costly).

Fans are advised to take the trams and trains, with the trams stopping at Jolimont/MCG, MCG/Melbourne Arena and Flinders Street.

Jolimont Station is the closest to the G, which is perfect for punters on trains and trams, with Richmond Station a nine-minute walk and Flinders Street Station a 20-minute walk from the venue. Punters will be assisted to the G from Jolimont and Richmond if they’re feeling a bit lost.

Head to the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website or app to plan your journey.


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2024 Australian Dates

Friday 16 February ​- Melbourne (Naarm), Australia - Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Saturday 17 February -​ Melbourne (Naarm), Australia - Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Sunday 18 February ​- Melbourne (Naarm), Australia - Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Friday 23 February ​- Sydney (Eora), Australia - Accor Stadium

Saturday 24 February ​- Sydney (Eora), Australia - Accor Stadium

Sunday 25 February ​- Sydney (Eora), Australia - Accor Stadium

Monday 26 February ​- Sydney (Eora), Australia - Accor Stadium     

Ticketing & tour information are available via Frontier Touring.