How to travel from Adelaide to Ballina, Australia

The distance between Adelaide and Ballina is around 1,960km (1,218 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to drive which takes around 22h 15m.

4 routes found

We've found 4 different ways to get from Adelaide to Ballina by bus, train and car. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

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Bus

Take the bus to Albury then Sydney and then to Ballina.

  • Duration1 day 10h
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$380($255)
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Train and Bus

Take the train to Mount Victoria then Strathfield Station and then to Casino Station then take the bus to Ballina Coach Stop Tamar St.

  • Duration1 day 12h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    A$515($350)
Operated by

Multiple operators

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Drive

Drive to Ballina.

  • Duration22h 15m
  • Distance1,960km (1,218 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Adelaide and Ballina

There are several options for getting from Adelaide to Ballina by bus, train and car. The cheapest option is to take the train and then take the bus which costs around A$42 ($28) and will take around 2 days 13h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can drive and arrive in approximately 22h 15m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$260 ($175).

The distance between Adelaide and Ballina is around 1,960km (1,218 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,563km (971 miles)

It takes around 1 day 10h to get from Adelaide and Ballina by bus. If you are travelling by car it will take around 22h 15m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Adelaide to Ballina is to drive which takes around 22h 15m and will set you back approx A$260 ($175).

The cheapest way to travel between Adelaide and Ballina, if you exclude driving, is to take the train and then take the bus which will typically cost around A$42 ($28) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Adelaide and Ballina. We recommend that you drive to Ballina. instead which will take 22h 15m.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Adelaide and Ballina. It typically takes around 1 day 10h and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Adelaide to Ballina. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Albury and Sydney. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 1 day 10h.

V-Line, Greyhound Australia and Firefly Express run regular bus services between Adelaide and Ballina. Buses run once daily and take around 1 day 10h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

It doesn't look like you can fly directly from Adelaide to Ballina. We recommend that you take the bus to Albury then Sydney and then to Ballina. instead which will take 1 day 10h.

The closest major airport to Ballina is Ballina Byron Airport (BNK) (BNK) which is approximately 3km (2 miles) from Ballina. Gold Coast Airport (OOL) (OOL) and Coffs Harbour Airport (CFS) (CFS) are also nearby and might be a better alternative airport depending on where you are flying from.

Drive yourself

Yes it is possible to drive from Adelaide and Ballina. The distance is around 1,960km (1,218 miles) by road and it will take around 22h 15m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Adelaide to Ballina is to take the bus which takes, on average, 1 day 10h and will usually cost around A$380 ($255).

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Compare travel optionsbetween Adelaide and Ballina

Transport options from Adelaide to Ballina
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Bus
1 day 10h
A$380($255)
once daily2,357km (1,464 miles)
Train and Bus + 1 similar
1 day 12h
A$515($350)
once a week2,531km (1,573 miles)
Train to Brisbane, Bus2 days 13h
A$42($28)
once a week2,825km (1,755 miles)
Drive
22h 15m
A$260($175)
on demand1,960km (1,218 miles)

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Airports near Ballina

The following major airports near Ballina offer regular flights to various popular destinations within Australia and internationally.

BNK
Ballina Byron Airport (BNK)
Domestic Airport
Distance
3km (2 miles) from Ballina
OOL
Gold Coast Airport (OOL)
International Airport
Distance
78km (48 miles) from Ballina
CFS
Coffs Harbour Airport (CFS)
Domestic Airport
Distance
168km (104 miles) from Ballina