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What is public transport?

Public transport is a network of buses, trains and trams that are available to the public. Public transport operators charge set fees and run on fixed routes according to a published timetable.

In Victoria, public transport is managed by the Department of Transport and Planning. This governance officially replaced Public Transport Victoria (PTV) in 2019. However, the old PTV website has not yet been replaced. The website has a journey planner to help users to get to their destination across the range of public transport options. This can be accessed via the Department of Transport and Planning site.

More information


Department of Transport and Planning

Though the statutory body, PTV has been absorbed into the Department of Transport, the PTV website is still active and the Department of Transport links to information on that site.

See Department of Transport and Planning—Public Transport Victoria(opens in a new window).