How to travel from Ballarat to Alice Springs, Australia

The distance between Ballarat and Alice Springs is around 2,147km (1,334 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to drive which takes around 22h 10m.

4 routes found

We've found 4 different ways to get from Ballarat to Alice Springs 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 Adelaide and then to Alice Springs.

  • Duration1 day 5h
  • Departs4 times a week
  • Typical cost
    A$335($225)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

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Train

Take the train to Ararat Station then Adelaide and then to Alice Springs.

  • Duration1 day 10h
  • Departstwice a week
  • Typical cost
    A$615($415)
Operated by

Multiple train operators

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Drive

Drive to Alice Springs.

  • Duration22h 10m
  • Distance2,147km (1,334 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Ballarat and Alice Springs

There are several options for getting from Ballarat to Alice Springs by bus, train and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around A$335 ($225) and will take around 1 day 5h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can drive and arrive in approximately 22h 10m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$285 ($190).

The distance between Ballarat and Alice Springs is around 2,147km (1,334 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,811km (1,125 miles)

It takes around 1 day 5h to get from Ballarat and Alice Springs by bus. If you are travelling by car it will take around 22h 10m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Ballarat to Alice Springs is to drive which takes around 22h 10m and will set you back approx A$285 ($190).

The cheapest way to travel between Ballarat and Alice Springs, 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 Ballarat and Alice Springs. It typically takes around 1 day 10h and departs twice a week.

There are no direct train services that runs from Ballarat to Alice Springs. However, you can instead can take several connecting trains with a changeover in Ararat Station and Adelaide. These services run twice a week and will take a minimum of 1 day 10h.

V-Line, PTV Overland and Great Southern Rail - The Ghan run train services between Ballarat and Alice Springs. Trains depart twice a week and will take around 1 day 10h, 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 Alice Springs. It typically takes around 1 day 5h and departs 4 times a week.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Ballarat to Alice Springs. 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 5h.

Firefly Express, Greyhound Australia and V-Line run regular bus services between Ballarat and Alice Springs. Buses run 4 times a week and take around 1 day 5h 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 Alice Springs. We recommend that you take the bus to Adelaide and then to Alice Springs. instead which will take 1 day 5h.

The closest major airport to Alice Springs is Alice Springs Airport (ASP) (ASP) which is approximately 12km (7 miles) from Alice Springs. Connellan Airport (AYQ) (AYQ) and Mount Isa Airport (ISA) (ISA) 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 Alice Springs. The distance is around 2,147km (1,334 miles) by road and it will take around 22h 10m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Ballarat to Alice Springs is to take the bus which takes, on average, 1 day 5h and will usually cost around A$335 ($225).

How do I get from Ballarat to Alice Springs

Compare travel optionsbetween Ballarat and Alice Springs

Transport options from Ballarat to Alice Springs
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Bus + 1 similar
1 day 5h
A$335($225)
4 times a week2,158km (1,341 miles)
Bus via Dundas St1 day 6h
A$365($245)
5 times a week2,233km (1,387 miles)
Train
1 day 10h
A$615($415)
twice a week2,210km (1,374 miles)
Drive
22h 10m
A$285($190)
on demand2,147km (1,334 miles)

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Airports near Alice Springs

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

ASP
Alice Springs Airport (ASP)
Domestic Airport
Distance
12km (7 miles) from Alice Springs
AYQ
Connellan Airport (AYQ)
Domestic Airport
Distance
338km (210 miles) from Alice Springs
ISA
Mount Isa Airport (ISA)
Domestic Airport
Distance
669km (415 miles) from Alice Springs