Yarra Trams

Heating on Trams in Melbourne Winter

Winter trams in Melbourne

Winter is a wonderful time of year to explore this beautiful city and enjoy its world-class restaurants, exhibitions, events, shopping and festivals. Catch a tram to major events including Melbourne Festival and Melbourne Winter Masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

Winter is the time to rug up and experience AFL season in Melbourne. We run extra trams to the MCG and Etihad Stadium before and after the games.

The average temperature in winter is 14°C during the day and 6°C at night. The average rainfall is 49 millimetres and it rains an average nine days per month from June to August. All our trams are heated but not all tram stops have shelter - you may wish to carry an umbrella or wear a raincoat. 

Heating on tram fleet

  • Every class of tram is heated - 100% of our fleet
  • Trams are heated when the actual temperature is below 18°C
  • Tram doors open every couple of minutes, which allows cold air to enter and hot air to exit the tram, making it difficult to control the inside temperature
  • Tram drivers are not able to manage or operate the heating systems on our trams
  • Drivers are in constant contact with our Operations Centre to manage issues

Heating on tram classes


  • E-Class is designed to automatically adjust the temperature of the passenger saloon based on the outside temperature
  • When the outside temperature is below 18°C, the saloon heating is set to heat up to 18°C
  • When the temperature is between 18°C and 24°C, the set point is on a sliding scale up to 24°C


  • The saloon heating is automatically set to heat up to 22°C 

C & D-Class

  • The saloon heating is automatically set to heat up to 20°C

A, Z & W-Class

  • The saloon heating (located under some passenger seats) is automatically set to heat up to 18°C

Report an issue

If you think the heating on your tram is faulty, please speak with the driver, tweet the tram number to @yarratrams on Twitter or call 1800 800 007.