One side of my fridge has my local train and bus timetables on it.
It’s very handy, and pretty easy to do.
Method one (quicker for trains, a little haphazard for buses and trams)
1. Go to www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au.
2. In the right hand side Station / Stop search, type the name of your station (or street for trams and buses) and click Go.
3. If more than one option comes up, click on the one you want and then click continue.
4. Choose the direction you want and click on the appropriate Stop Timetable PDF.
5. Print it, stick it to the fridge.
Method two (good for buses and trams if you’re not sure which is your stop):
1. Go to www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/timetables.
2. Click the option you want: Trains, trams or buses.
3. Select the route you want, then click Get Route Timetable.
5. Click on the direction you want, eg “To city”
6. If bus or tram and your stop isn’t on the default list of timepoints, click the plus symbol as appropriate to get the complete list, then click on the stop name.
7. Choose the direction you want (if required) and click on the appropriate Stop Timetable PDF.
8. Print it, stick it to the fridge.
Notes and quirks
You can also search using the Station and Stop page, but you have to know precisely what suburb it’s in and the cross-street or location name used in Metlink’s database, which can be difficult for tram and bus stops.
Sadly the CBD to suburbs train timetables are pretty buggy. In the case of Melbourne Central to the Sydenham line, for instance, which should be straightforward, it lists trains only up until 12:29pm on weekdays , and claims there are no services on weekends — indicating it has some kind of phobia about services that run anticlockwise.
Other combinations from the CBD outbound sometimes indicate trains terminate at odd places such as Footscray and Caulfield; what it means then is that it’s showing you trains for other lines that service part of the line you asked for (which is probably useful in some cases, and not in others).
Oh, and watch out… the system has some stations in there twice, once for V/Line and once for Metro… even though they’re the same physical stations of course.
Quirks aside, it’s handy to have the timetable on the fridge rather than have to look it up online each time, or find the booklet.