The Northern suburbs include a large area of Melbourne. Melbourne International Airport is located here in Tullamarine, so the suburbs will be the gateway into Melbourne for many.
There are three train lines that run through the Northern suburbs
The Craigieburn line, which runs from Flinders St. to Craigieburn, It stops in suburbs such as Moonee Ponds, Essendon, Glenroy and Broadmeadows. It is Zone 1 to Strathmore, 1/2 overlap between Pascoe Vale to Glenroy and Zone 2 between Jacana to Craigieburn.
The Upfield line, which runs from Flinders St. to Upfield. It stops in suburbs like Brunswick, Coburg and Fawkner. It is Zone 1 to Coburg, 1/2 overlap between Batman and Fawkner and Zone 2 for the last two stations, Gowrie and Upfield.
The South Morang line, which runs from Flinders St. to South Morang. It stops in suburbs like Northcote, Thornbury, Preston and Epping. It is Zone 1 to Bell, 1/2 overlap between Preston and Reservoir and Zone 2 between Ruthven to South Morang.
Since 2015, all Zone 1+2 trips cost the same as a Zone 1 trip, but you still get a cheaper price if your trip is Zone 2 only.
There are many trams running through the Northern Suburbs
NOTE: All tram trips are in Zone 1 unless you travel in the 1/2 overlap only whereby you can get a cheaper fare if you touch on and off your Myki.
Tram Route 1 This tram runs from East Coburg to South Melbourne Beach. Good for going to Lygon Street Restaurants.
Tram Route 8: This tram runs from Moreland Depot to Toorak. Also good for Lygon Street Restaurants. It's terminus in Moreland also connects to Moreland Station on the Upfield Line.
Tram Route 11: Runs from West Preston to Victoria Harbour in Docklands. This route passes through old AFL ovals (Brunswick St. Oval). Get off at Stop 21 To change to the South Morang line, alight at Stop 26, 29 or 33. Cross the road and then walk eastbound for about 5 mins.
Tram Route 19 This tram runs from Flinders St. Station all the way to Bakers Road in North Coburg. It runs along Sydney Rd, which has many good restaurants. To change to the 8 tram, alight at Stop 28 To change to the Upfield Line, alight at Stop 20, 23, 26, 28, 33 or 37.
Tram Route 55 This route runs from Domain Interchange to West Coburg. After the Zoo, it's mainly residential so not much to see.
Tram Route 57: This route from Flinders/Elizabeth Street in the CBD to West Maribynong. To change to the 55 tram, get off at Stop 19 To change to the 59 tram, get off at Stop 20 To change to the 82 tram Moonee Ponds-bound, get off at Stop 37 To change to the 82 tram Footscray-bound (which also connects to Footscray Station), get off at Stop 48. To change to Newmarket Station on the Craigieburn Line, get off at Stop 26 and then cross the road. For Arden St. Oval, alight at Stop 15 and walk downhill along Arden St. for about 10 minutes. For Melbourne Showgrounds, get off at Stop 33. For Pipemakers Park/Maribynong River, alight at Stop 42. For Highpoint, alight at Stop 46 and then walk up the hill for about 10 minutes.
Tram Route 59: This route runs from Flinders/Elizabeth Street in the CBD and ends at Westfield Airport West which is in Airport West. To change to the Upfield Line, alight at Stop 22. To change to the Craigieburn Line, alight at Stop 41. For Moonee Ponds/Moonee Ponds Racecourse, get off at Stop 33. For Westfield AW, just ride to the end of the tram line (Stop 59).
Some suburbs in the north have a notorious reputation for crime. You should be careful of your belongings, and avoid travel during the night. There should be no issues during the day. You should exert the most caution in the suburb of Broadmeadows, and around train stations.