How to travel from Alice Springs to Ballarat, Australia

The distance between Alice Springs and Ballarat is around 2,011km (1,250 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly and then take the train which takes around 4h 45m.

5 routes found

We've found 5 different ways to get from Alice Springs to Ballarat by plane, train, bus and car. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

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Plane and Train

Fly from Alice Springs (ASP) to Melbourne (MEL) then take the train to Ballarat.

  • Duration4h 45m
  • Flight time2h 35m
  • Typical cost
    A$590($400)
Operated by

Multiple operators

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Bus

Take the bus to Adelaide and then to Ballarat.

  • Duration1 day 4h
  • Departs4 times a week
  • Typical cost
    A$335($225)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

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Train

Take the train to Adelaide Parklands then Ararat Station and then to Ballarat.

  • Duration1 day 7h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    A$615($415)
Operated by

Multiple train operators

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Drive

Drive to Ballarat.

  • Duration22h 5m
  • Distance2,148km (1,335 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Alice Springs and Ballarat

There are several options for getting from Alice Springs to Ballarat by plane, train, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around A$335 ($225) and will take around 1 day 4h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and then take the train and arrive in approximately 4h 45m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$590 ($400).

The distance between Alice Springs and Ballarat is around 2,011km (1,250 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,811km (1,125 miles)

It takes around 4h 45m to get from Alice Springs and Ballarat by plane and train. If you are travelling by car it will take around 22h 5m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Alice Springs to Ballarat is to fly and then take the train which takes around 4h 45m and will set you back approx A$590 ($400).

The cheapest way to travel between Alice Springs and Ballarat, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around A$335 ($225) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

Yes there is a train service that runs between Alice Springs and Ballarat. It typically takes around 1 day 7h and departs once a week.

There are no direct train services that runs from Alice Springs to Ballarat. However, you can instead can take several connecting trains with a changeover in Adelaide Parklands and Ararat Station. These services run once a week and will take a minimum of 1 day 7h.

Great Southern Rail - The Ghan, PTV Overland and V-Line run train services between Alice Springs and Ballarat. Trains depart once a week and will take around 1 day 7h, however, this may vary depending on the particular service and whether it runs express or stops all stations.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Alice Springs and Ballarat. It typically takes around 1 day 4h and departs 4 times a week.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Alice Springs to Ballarat. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Adelaide. These services run 4 times a week and will take a minimum of 1 day 4h.

Greyhound Australia, Firefly Express and V-Line run regular bus services between Alice Springs and Ballarat. Buses run 4 times a week and take around 1 day 4h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

It doesn't look like you can fly directly from Alice Springs to Ballarat. We recommend that you fly from Alice Springs (ASP) to Melbourne (MEL) then take the train to Ballarat. instead which will take 4h 45m.

The closest major airport to Ballarat is Avalon Airport (AVV) (AVV) which is approximately 75km (46 miles) from Ballarat. Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL) (MEL) and King Island Airport (KNS) (KNS) 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 Alice Springs and Ballarat. The distance is around 2,148km (1,335 miles) by road and it will take around 22h 5m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Alice Springs to Ballarat is to fly and then take the train which takes, on average, 4h 45m and will usually cost around A$590 ($400).

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Compare travel optionsbetween Alice Springs and Ballarat

Transport options from Alice Springs to Ballarat
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Plane and Train
4h 45m
A$590($400)
hourly2,011km (1,250 miles)
Bus + 1 similar
1 day 4h
A$335($225)
4 times a week2,157km (1,340 miles)
Bus via Adelaide1 day 5h
A$365($245)
5 times a week2,233km (1,388 miles)
Train
1 day 7h
A$615($415)
once a week2,210km (1,374 miles)
Drive
22h 5m
A$285($190)
on demand2,148km (1,335 miles)

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Airports near Ballarat

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

AVV
Avalon Airport (AVV)
International Airport
Distance
75km (46 miles) from Ballarat
MEL
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL)
International Airport
Distance
87km (54 miles) from Ballarat
KNS
King Island Airport (KNS)
Domestic Airport
Distance
258km (160 miles) from Ballarat