Getting to the Event

Public Transport

With major road closures in place for this and other events, entrants should avoid driving into the city, top up their Myki and jump on public transport.

Public transport now runs all night and morning on the weekend, with all night trains, trams and buses, and a 2am coach service to key regional centres.

Check out the Night Network timetable to see which services will get you to the start line on time.

For more information and to plan your journey use Public Transport Victoria’s Journey Planner

Metro Trains

One of the best ways to get to the Herald Sun / CityLink Run for the Kids is on Metro by train to Flinders Street Station. Flinders Street Station is the closest station to the start/finish in King’s Domain and is about a 5-10 minute walk along St Kilda Road.

The following Metro Train Services for Run for the Kids arrive at Flinders Street in time to make it to the start line.

Train Arrival times at Flinders Street Station:

Alamein 5.49am 6.58am
Belgrave 5.49am 6.58am
Craigieburn 6.30am 7.25am
Cranbourne* please see note below 7.17am
Frankston* please see note below 7.56am
Glen Waverley 6.32am 7.18am
Hurstbridge 6.03am 7.03am
Lilydale 5.49am 6.58am
Pakenham* please see note below
Sandringham 6.30am 7.13am
South Morang 5.41am 6.46am
Sunbury 6.17am 7.02am
Upfield 6.49am 8.01am
Werribee 6.52am 7.33am
Williamstown 6.52am 7.33am

Metro Trains has works occurring on the Cranbourne, Frankston and Pakenham lines, that impact services on Sunday April 9, resulting in buses replacing train services on these lines. This may impact travel time, and arrival time into Flinders Street Station.
Details of the works can be found on the PTV website and also on the Metro Trains website.


Check for departure times from your station.

By downloading metroNotify  you can receive live updates to make sure get to the start line on time.

Many stations along the metropolitan train lines have parking facilities for you to park your car and complete your journey to the start line by train.

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


Arriving at Flinders St Station

Due to the road closures in place for Run for the Kids, and for your safety and the safety of others, please exercise caution when exiting Flinders St Station.

Note: During the event only (between 7:00am and 11:30am) there will be altered access and exit arrangements in place for pedestrians at Southern Cross Station and this may affect your family and friends who are coming to watch you run! These arrangements do not affect any scheduled train services.

Flinders St management have requested that competitors DO NOT change into running gear in the station toilets.


V/Line Services

V/Line has scheduled works on the Geelong and Traralgon lines, that will impact services on Sunday April 9, as coaches will replace trains. This may impact travel time, and arrival time into Southern Cross Station.

Details of the works and service changes can be found at


Regional location Departure time Scheduled Arrival into Southern Cross
Albury 4.03am 7.25am XPT service
Ballarat 6.26am 7.48am
Benalla 5.09am 7.25am XPT service
Bendigo 5.53am 7.45am
Castlemaine 6.14am 7.45am
Waurn Ponds stopping Marshall at 6.30am then express to Southern Cross 6:15am (replacement coach service) 7.40am
South Geelong stopping Geelong 6.20am then express to Southern Cross 6:15am (replacement coach service) 7.30am
North Geelong stopping Lara 6.30am then express to Southern Cross 6:15am (replacement coach service) 7.30am
Macedon 6.48am 7.45am
Seymour 7am 8.17am
Traralgon see above reference to line works
Wangaratta 4.45am 7.25am XPT Service
Wyndham Vale 7.15am 7.45am

Vline schedule subject to change, check for current information

 Yarra Trams

For more information on the impacts to Yarra Trams services, click here

Download the Yarra Trams Customer Bulletin

Now that Night Network is in place on weekends, there are tram services available every 30 minute to get entrants to Flinders Street Station in time to walk to the start line. Impacts to services are as follows:

Line 8 Services will operate in two parts from first to 1300; and, Moreland to Southbank Boulevard (last stop, Stop 14 – Arts Precinct); and, Toorak to Arts Precinct (last stop, Stop 14 – Arts Precinct).

Line 11 Services will operate between Stop 47 – West Preston (Gilbert Rd & Regent St) and Stop 1 – Spencer Street and Collins Street from first tram to 1230pm

Line 12 and Line 109 – trams will operate in sections, with no trams between Stop 1 Southern Cross Station & Stop 124 Batman Park. The 109 will also divert via Bridge Rd along Route 48 with buses replacing trams between Stop 12 St Vincent’s Plaza & Stop 29 Barkers Rd via Victoria Gardens. The 12 will operate between St Kilda & Stop 18 Hoddle St. This is due to work on Victoria St.

Line 48 Services will operate between Stop 51 – North Balwyn (Balwyn Rd & Doncaster Rd) and Stop 1 – Spencer Street and Collins Street from first to 12:30pm.

Services will operate in two parts from 0630 to 1230; and,  Box Hill and Stop 1 – Spencer Street and Collins Street via Bridge Road;

Line 55 Services will operate between West Coburg and Market St – The last stop for passengers travelling towards Domain Interchange will be Stop 4 Collins St. Trams towards West Coburg will pick up from Stop 2 Flinders Lane

Line 70 Services will operate between Wattle Park and Stop 2 – Flinders Street and King Street from first to 1230.

Line 75 Vermont South – Services will operate between Vermont South and Stop 2 – Flinders Street and King Street from 0630 to 1230; 

Line 86 Bundoora / Docklands  Services will operate between Stop 71- McKimmies Rd & Plenty Rd (Bundoora) and Stop D1 – Etihad Stadium

Line 96 East Brunswick / St Kilda Services will operate in two parts;  Stop 140 – Barkly St & Acland St (St Kilda Beach) to Stop 124 – Batman Park;and, Stop 27 – Blyth St & Nicholson St (East Brunswick) to Stop D1 – Etihad Stadium.


Bike Parking

Why not ride your bike in to the start at Kings Domain, where you will be able to leave it securely in a designated bike parking area on Tom’s Block close to the long course finish line – check your race information booklet for location details on the site plan.


Driving & Parking

It is recommended that all motorists avoid roads in the Southbank area including West Gate Fwy (westbound) and Olympic Park Precinct between 5:00am and 1:30pm. Participants in the event are encouraged wherever possible to catch public transport to the event.

If you do have to drive to the event, aim to arrive at your chosen car park by 6:00am to avoid most of the road closures and to give yourself plenty of time to get from your car parking location to the start.


Road Closure Map

Take advantage of the special parking offer from Wilson Parking

Pre-book your carparking at selected Wilson Parking venues for just $5
To ensure you can access the car parks without being impacted by road closures, the discounted rate applies to:
·         Grand Hyatt car park
·         Flinders Gate car park
·         11 Exhibition Street car park
To redeem the offer, you must book online prior to arriving at the car park entry.
To book:
select your preferred car park (from the 3 listed),
choose your entry and exit times
enter the promotional code RUN4KIDS
process your payment
The discounted rate will be available through for 6am Sunday 9th April, until 6am Monday 10th April, 2017.

Most roads on the course will be closed from 5:30am until about 1.30pm.

Note: CityLink westbound (Domain Tunnel) will be closed from 9pm Saturday night.