Using trams in Melbourne summer

Summer is a great time to be in Melbourne. The weather is beautiful and the city hosts a range of major events and festivals. The average temperature is 26°C during the day. However, there are days in Melbourne when the temperature exceeds 35°C. Here are some tips for using trams this summer. 

Air-conditioning on trams

About 80 per cent of Melbourne's tram routes have air-conditioned trams operating on them. These routes are 1, 3, 5, 6, 11, 16, 19, 48, 58, 59, 64, 67, 70, 72, 75, 86, 96 and 109. More than 70 per cent of passengers travel on trams with saloon air-conditioning. 

We aim to keep our trams at a comfortable temperature throughout the year using the available technology. However, this is very difficult on a moving vehicle that opens its doors frequently and with Melbourne's changeable weather. 

Top tips for tram travel

  • Carry drinking water on hot days to help you stay hydrated
  • If possible, travel in the morning or evening to avoid the hottest part of the day
  • Wear a sunhat or carry an umbrella to use while waiting at stops without shade
  • Allow extra time for your journey in case there are service disruptions due to the weather
  • Our tramTRACKER® app shows you when air-conditioned trams are coming by displaying a snowflake symbol 

Did you know?

  • Air-conditioned trams are used wherever possible during periods of extreme heat
  • Tram doors open every couple of minutes, which allows warmer air to enter the tram and makes it difficult to control the inside temperature
  • We increase our maintenance team to monitor and fix trams at depots and on the network during hot days
  • We have extra Customer Information staff in the Operations Centre to support passengers via social media 
  • Drivers are not able to manage or operate air-conditioning systems on our trams
  • Drivers are in constant contact with our Operations Centre to manage issues

Getting an air-conditioned tram

  • B*, C, D and E-Class trams are air-conditioned in the passenger saloon - that's all the low-floor trams and the double-carriage trams
  • E-Class is designed to adjust the temperature of the passenger saloon depending on the outside temperature. The temperature inside the tram will be up to 10 degrees cooler than the ambient temperature outside
  • B, C and D-Class trams have the air-conditioning set to 23°C

Tram numbers

  • E-Class: 6001-
  • D-Class: 3501-3538 and 5001-5021
  • C-Class: 3001-3036 and 5103-5123 
  • B-Class: 2003-2132

*Two B-Class trams (2001 & 2002) do not have air-conditioning.

What happens if the air-conditioning fails?

  • E-Class trams have an air-conditioner in each saloon cabin that work independently of each other. If one fails, the others will continue to operate as normal
  • On B-Class, the air-conditioning system can be switched to vent to circulate air
  • On C and D-Class, the air cannot be vented and the windows cannot be opened, so these trams are taken out of service on hot days

If you think the air-conditioning on your tram is malfunctioning, please inform the driver when it is safe to do so, call 1800 800 007  or tweet us the tram number  @yarratrams on Twitter.

Trams without air-conditioning

  • Trams built prior to 1988 were not designed with air-conditioning equipment
  • This includes A, W and Z-Class trams
  • These trams operate on routes 12, 30, 35 (City Circle), 57, 78 & 82 
  • Passengers can open the windows on these trams to help circulate air

For more information visit or call  1800 800 007  6am - midnight (all night Friday & Saturday)

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