Melbourne tram route 6

Melbourne tram route 6
Melbourne University - Glen IrisMelbourne University - Glen Iris
Melbourne trams route 6 map.png
Route Information
Route Number 6
Number of stops 50
Timetables Link
Route Map Link
Zone Location
Zone 1
Entire route

Tram route 6 is a public transport service in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It runs from the University of Melbourne in the city centre to Glen Iris in the eastern suburbs.

Like most tram routes in Melbourne, it is entirely within Metcard/myki ticketing Zone 1.

In response to the State Government's 2001 Melbourne 2030 planning policy, the Public Transport Users Association lobbied to extend route 6 to Ashburton railway station.[1]



The origins of route 5 lie in separate tram lines, an electric line from Melbourne University to Queensberry Street, a cable tram from Queensberry Street to High St and an electric line from St Kilda Road to Burke Road.

Cable trams first travelled from Queensberry Street, Carlton to Milton Street, Balaclava, on the 11 October 1888, with the line opened by the Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company.[2]

The Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust opened a line from Charles Street, Prahran to Tooronga Road, Glen Iris along High Street on 30 May 1910.[3] This line was extended west to Punt Road on 14 March 1911 and again, to St Kilda Road on 14 September 1912, connecting with the St Kilda Road cable tram to the city, both extension were built by the Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust.[4] The Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust extended the line again on 25 March 1914, this time east, to it current terminus at Malvern Road.[4]

The Melbourne, Brunswick and Coburg Tramways Trust opened its line from Park Street, North Carlton to Queensberry Street, Carlton along Lygon Street, Elgin Street and Madeline Street - as the section of Swanston Street north of Victoria Street was originally known - on 31 October 1916.[4]

The Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board converted the Swanston Street/St Kilda Road cable line to electric traction between 1924 and 1926, with electric trams able to run to High Street on 28 March 1926 and able to travel the entire length on 29 August 1926.[5]


 Route 6 
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Melbourne University Routes 1, 8 Stop 1
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La Trobe St Melbourne Central Station Routes 24, 30, City Circle 8
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Lonsdale St 9
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Bourke St Routes 86, Unknown BSicon "BHF yellow"
Collins St Routes 11, 42, 48, 109, 112 11
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Federation Square Flinders St Station Routes 70, Unknown BSicon "BHF yellow"
Arts Precinct Route 1 14
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St Kilda Rd
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Southbank Bvd 16
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Coventry St 18
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Domain Interchange Routes 8, 55 20
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Toorak Rd 22
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Commercial Rd Route 72 25
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High St Routes 3/3a, 5, 16, 67 27
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Punt Rd 28
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Chaple St Routes 78, 79 31
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Williams Rd 35
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Orrong Rd 38
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Armadale Station Armadale Station 40
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Kooyong Rd 41
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Glenferrie Rd Route 16 44
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Tooronga Rd 48
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Harold Holt Swim Centre 49
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Burke Rd 51
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Glen Iris Glen Iris Station 53

Not all stops are shown, refer to timetable for full list of stops.

D1 class tram on route 6 in Swanston Street
D1 class tram on route 6 in front of Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street

Route 5 runs from Melbourne University travelling south on Swanston Street, through the CBD, passing Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne Central railway station, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Town Hall, City Square, St Paul's Cathedral, Flinders Street railway station, Federation Square and Birrarung Marr.

Crossing the Yarra River into Southbank along St Kilda Road, traversing the suburbs of Melbourne and South Melbourne, Victoria, it passes The Arts Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria Barracks and Shrine of Remembrance.

It turns east into High Street, Melbourne, traversing the suburbs of Prahran, Windsor, Armadale, Malvern and Glen Iris to its terminus at Malvern Road, Glen Iris.


Route 6 is run from Malvern depot[6] and is predominantly run with Z class and D1 class trams.

A truncated, off-peak version of route 6 exists as route 7. This route also begins at the University of Melbourne, but ends at Glenferrie Road at Malvern Town Hall. It only operates in the direction away from the city.

Maps and timetables

See also


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