From late March, V/Line fares across regional Victoria will be reduced to less than $10.
In some refreshing news for regional commuters, Victorians will experience cheaper fares on V/Line train trips from late March in a move championed by the Victorian Labour Government.
Making good on their promise prior to the November state election, Premier Dan Andrews has announced regional train prices would be slashed in early 2023.
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Coming into effect from March 31, the cheaper fares will see a cap to the daily travel cost anywhere in the state of $9.20, bringing regional fares in line with Metro Melbourne daily rate fares. Right now, a daily full-fare from Geelong to Melbourne costs up to $27.60, while a daily ticket from Bendigo is up to $68.80.
These changes will deliver massive savings to passengers:
66 per cent saving for a daily peak from Geelong, with the fare slashed from $27.60 to $9.20
87 per cent saving for a daily peak from Bendigo, with the fare slashed from $68.80 to $9.20
80 per cent saving for a daily peak from Ballarat, with the fare slashed from $45.60 to $9.20
The cheaper fares will be able to be used via Myki services between Geelong, Ballarat Wendouree, Bendigo, Epsom, Eaglehawk, Traralgon and Seymour, while other Victorian areas still use paper tickets.
This change has been long-awaited for regional communities, with paper ticket fares reaching as high as $46.00 for one-way journeys in certain regional areas and as high as $92.00 return.
The cheaper fares will come into effect from March 31.