Getting around can be one of our biggest expenses, so it's definitely worth looking for ways to save money.
Most people just think of the cost of petrol and parking when they're driving. But when the car needs a service, a bank loan needs to be paid, the insurance bill arrives, or the registration is due, that's when we truly start to see how expensive it can be to drive. (And don't even get started on the cost of depreciation). If you can completely live without a car, you'll save a few thousand dollars a year – that's realistically enough for airfares to Europe.
But let's say you need a car for non-uni travel and you'll be incurring these ongoing costs anyway. What's the cost of just driving to uni?
The Public Transport Victoria website provides you with current fares to help you calculate your annual public transport costs.
Plan your savings
While there are many variables to consider, most students will save at least a few dollars a day by catching public transport. Think of it as a free coffee when you arrive at uni, or some handy savings that can really multiply throughout the year.
Another good thing about public transport is you'll know the cost for the rest of the year and be able to benefit from student concession rates. Drivers don't get any concessions unfortunately, and you're at the whim of daily price fluctuations when you fill up.
One of the main reasons people choose driving over public transport is because they believe it's quicker and frees up more time for other things.
While it's true that driving is faster some of the time, perception doesn't always match reality. During peak times public transport can be quite competitive. The only way you'll know for sure is to try a couple of different modes to see for yourself.
When you know how long your commute is, consider turning dead time into productive time. It's not normally a great idea to read a book or get online while you're driving, but studying is very easy when you're on public transport. Even if the tram or bus is a little bit slower than driving, weigh up the time you've saved by knocking off some research or reading while you're on the move, versus not being able to start studying until you get home.
|1 hour of driving||1 hour on the tram / bus|
More study time with public transport:
Daily - 1 hour and 40 minutes
Yearly - Over 233 hours!
|Study time||0 study||50 minutes study time|
|Daily total (2 trips)||0 study||Up to 1 hour and 40 minutes study time|
***Transport Service Update: 301 Reservoir Smart Bus will cease during the summer break ***
Last day of service is Friday 17 November 2017
The service will recommence in 2018 and dates will be posted on Transport Central.
In the meantime the following rail/bus options can be taken:
- South Morang Line to Reservoir Station and catch the 561 bus (Macleod - Pascoe Vale via La Trobe University)
- The 561 bus can also be caught from Macleod Station on the Hurstbridge Line
- Trains on the Hurstbridge line to Heidelberg Station connect to/from the Campus with the 551 bus
Please note there are ongoing works on the Hurstbridge line so allow extra time for travelling to/from the Melbourne Campus by public transport during the summer period.
Public Transport timetables
Campus-specific Public Transport information:
Public Transport Victoria (PTV)
The PTV website contains information about all public transport in Melbourne. Which includes services, maps, timetables, fares and ticketing and journey planner can help you plan all your trips from A to B using trains, trams and buses. Simply enter where you're travelling to and from and you'll be provided with a personalised journey plan that details connections between trains, trams and buses and any walking time involved.
Metrobe is an innovative student project that informs the users of all bus, train and tram departures that directly serve or are close to the Campus. This program developed by IT and Computer Science students is a one stop shop for all the latest travel times to and from the Campus.
Why not visit Metrobe, save and pin it to your desktop or phone home screen.
Route 301 Express Shuttle Bus
La Trobe University, Melbourne Campus - Reservoir Train Station
Bus route 301 - Reservoir Express Shuttle, runs approximately every 10 minutes from 7am to 7pm between Reservoir Train Station and La Trobe University during the University semesters.
***This is a regular PTV service and not free, passengers must swipe on and off with their Myki card.***
Please note: the 301 bus follows part of the current 561 route, but does not stop anywhere along Dunne Street, Boldrewood Parade and Broadway in Reservoir and Kingsbury.
Semester 2 2017 Operating Schedule:
- Resumes - Monday, 24 July
- Finishes - Friday, 17 November
The bus will not operate during the following public holidays:
- Grand Final Holiday - Friday, 29 September (TBC)
For all transport related information, please visit Transport Central or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.