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

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* 6.24am 6.58am
Belgrave* 5.50am 6.58am
Craigieburn 6.44am 7.25am
Cranbourne* 6.12am 7.17am
Frankston* 6.20am 7.22am
Glen Waverley 6.36am 7.10am
 Upper Ferntree Gully 6.23am 7.20am
Lilydale 5.59am 6.58am
Pakenham 6.15am 7.25am
Sandringham 7am 7.30am
South Morang 6.41am 7.24am
Sunbury 6.32am 7.17am
Upfield 6.15am 6.49am
Werribee 6.25am 7.13am
Williamstown 6.58am 7.33am

*Change at Ringwood, Camberwell, Newport or Dandenong

 Please note – on the Hurstbridge Line – buses replace trains between Clifton Hill and Macleod as in link below.



Check for departure times from your station, or use the journey planner available to plan your travel.

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

The following VLine services arrive into Southern Cross Station in time to make the start line:

Regional location Departure time Scheduled Arrival into Southern Cross
Albury 4.03am 7.30am XPT service
Ballarat 6.18am 7.40am
Benalla 5.09am 7.30am XPT service
Bendigo 5.53am 7.45am
Castlemaine 6.14am 7.45am
Geelong 6.51am 7.54am
Macedon 6.48am 7.45am
Seymour 7am 8.17am
Traralgon 6.01am 8.06am
Wangaratta 4.45am 7.30am XPT Service
Wyndham Vale 7.17am 7.55am


*Please note Due to works this weekend VLine services from Albury, Benalla and Wangaratta will be running to altered times, with a coach replacement timetable. We don’t have a copy of this replacement timetable, though the XPT website notes that coaches are not expected into Melbourne until 8:15am

Vline schedule subject to change, check for current information

 Yarra Trams

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.

Please visit the Yarra Trams website for specific information regarding service impacts

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 – trams will operate in sections, between first tram and 12.30pm. Between stop 24 Victoria Gardens & Stop 1 Southern Cross Station,
Collins St. (Operated by Kew Depot using low floor trams only)
Between Stop 143 Fitzroy St & Park St (St Kilda) & Stop 124 Batman Park.
(Operated by Southbank Depot using A-Class vehicles).

Line 35 – City Circle Tram 

City Circle services will not run out of Southbank Depot until after 1230hrs.

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.

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 58 Services will operate in two sections:- Between Stop 45 Bell St & Melville Rd (West Coburg) & Stop 2 Market St & Flinders Ln.
– Between Stop 139 Glenferrie Rd & Toorak Rd (Toorak) & Stop 116 City Rd
& Kings Way (Operated by Malvern Depot)
The last stop for passengers towards Toorak is Stop 4 Collins/William St
from the north.

Line 70 Services will operate between Stop 61 Elgar Rd & Riversdale Rd (Wattle Park) & Stop 2 King St/Flinders St (Melbourne Aquarium). from first to 1230.

Line 75 Vermont South – Services will operate between Stop 75 Vermont South Shopping Centre (Vermont South) & Stop 2 King St/Flinders St (Melbourne Aquarium) from 0630 to 1230; 

Line 86 Bundoora / Docklands between 6.30am and 12.30pm, Sunday March 18  Services will operate between Stop 71- McKimmies Rd & Plenty Rd (Bundoora) and Stop D1 – Etihad Stadium

Line 95 Line 95 shuttle services will not run out of Southbank Depot until after 12.30pm

Line 96 East Brunswick / St Kilda between 6.30am and 12.30pm, Sunday March 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.

Line 109 Services will operate in two sections:Between Stop 58 Box Hill Central (Box Hill) & Stop 1 Southern CrossStation, Collins St.
– Between Stop 129 Beacon Cove (Port Melbourne) & Stop 124 Batman

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
  • 32 Flinders St Car Park
  • Collins Place Car Park
  • 11 Exhibition St Car Park
To redeem the offer, you must book online prior to arriving at the car park entry.
To book:

To redeem the exclusive offer:


-Select your preferred car park from the four listed

-Choose your entry and exit times

-Enter the promotional code RUN4KIDS18

-Follow the prompts to process your payment

The discounted rate will be available through for 6am until midnight on Sunday, March 18