How to travel from Ballarat to Adelaide, Australia

The distance between Ballarat and Adelaide is around 615km (382 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to take the bus and then fly which takes around 5h 50m.

5 routes found

We've found 5 different ways to get from Ballarat to Adelaide by bus, plane, 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 and Plane

Take the bus to Tourist Information Centre then fly from Mount Gambier (MGB) to Adelaide (ADL).

  • Duration5h 50m
  • Flight time1h 10m
  • Typical cost
    A$235($160)
Operated by

Multiple operators

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Train

Take the train to Ararat Station and then to Adelaide.

  • Duration8h 15m
  • Departstwice a week
  • Typical cost
    A$100($68)
Operated by

Multiple train operators

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Bus

Take the bus to Adelaide.

  • Duration8h 30m
  • Departs4 times a week
  • Typical cost
    A$65($44)
Operated by

Firefly Express

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Drive

Drive to Adelaide.

  • Duration6h 55m
  • Distance615km (382 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Ballarat and Adelaide

There are several options for getting from Ballarat to Adelaide by bus, plane, train and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around A$65 ($44) and will take around 8h 30m. If you need to get there more quickly, you can take the bus and then fly and arrive in approximately 5h 50m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$235 ($160).

The distance between Ballarat and Adelaide is around 615km (382 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 555km (345 miles)

It takes around 5h 50m to get from Ballarat and Adelaide by bus and plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 6h 55m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Ballarat to Adelaide is to take the bus and then fly which takes around 5h 50m and will set you back approx A$235 ($160).

The cheapest way to travel between Ballarat and Adelaide, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around A$65 ($44) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

Yes there is a train service that runs between Ballarat and Adelaide. It typically takes around 8h 15m and departs twice a week.

There are no direct train services that runs from Ballarat to Adelaide. However, you can instead can take several connecting trains with a changeover in Ararat Station. These services run twice a week and will take a minimum of 8h 15m.

V-Line and PTV Overland run train services between Ballarat and Adelaide. Trains depart twice a week and will take around 8h 15m, 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 Ballarat and Adelaide. It typically takes around 8h 30m and departs 4 times a week.

Yes there is a direct bus service that runs between Ballarat and Adelaide with no changeovers required. The bus runs 4 times a week and takes 8h 30m.

Firefly Express and V-Line run regular bus services between Ballarat and Adelaide. Buses run 4 times a week and take around 8h 30m on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

It doesn't look like you can fly directly from Ballarat to Adelaide. We recommend that you take the bus to Tourist Information Centre then fly from Mount Gambier (MGB) to Adelaide (ADL). instead which will take 5h 50m.

The closest major airport to Adelaide is Adelaide Airport (ADL) (ADL) which is approximately 6km (4 miles) from Adelaide. Whyalla Airport (WYA) (WYA) and Port Lincoln Airport (PLO) (PLO) 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 Ballarat and Adelaide. The distance is around 615km (382 miles) by road and it will take around 6h 55m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Ballarat to Adelaide is to take the bus and then fly which takes, on average, 5h 50m and will usually cost around A$235 ($160).

How do I get from Ballarat to Adelaide

Compare travel optionsbetween Ballarat and Adelaide

Transport options from Ballarat to Adelaide
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Bus and Plane
5h 50m
A$235($160)
5 times a week703km (437 miles)
Train
8h 15m
A$100($68)
twice a week654km (407 miles)
Bus + 1 similar
8h 30m
A$65($44)
4 times a week622km (386 miles)
Bus via Dundas St9h 45m
A$95($65)
5 times a week696km (433 miles)
Drive
6h 55m
A$82($55)
on demand615km (382 miles)

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Airports near Adelaide

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

ADL
Adelaide Airport (ADL)
International Airport
Distance
6km (4 miles) from Adelaide
WYA
Whyalla Airport (WYA)
Domestic Airport
Distance
231km (144 miles) from Adelaide
PLO
Port Lincoln Airport (PLO)
Domestic Airport
Distance
252km (156 miles) from Adelaide