How to travel from Ballarat to Brisbane, Australia

The distance between Ballarat and Brisbane is around 1,677km (1,042 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to take the train and then fly which takes around 5h 35m.

5 routes found

We've found 5 different ways to get from Ballarat to Brisbane by train, plane, 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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Train and Plane

Take the train to Footscray then fly from Avalon (AVV) to Brisbane (BNE).

  • Duration5h 35m
  • Flight time2h 55m
  • Typical cost
    A$225($155)
Operated by

Multiple operators

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Train

Take the train to Southern Cross then Central Station and then to Brisbane.

  • Duration1 day 2h
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$240($165)
Operated by

Multiple train operators

1 similiar route

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3 x bus
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Bus

Take the bus to Southern Cross Coach Terminal then Sydney and then to Brisbane.

  • Duration1 day 5h
  • Departs6 times a week
  • Typical cost
    A$360($240)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

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Drive

Drive to Brisbane.

  • Duration19h 30m
  • Distance1,845km (1,146 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Ballarat and Brisbane

There are several options for getting from Ballarat to Brisbane by train, plane, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the train and then fly which costs around A$225 ($155) and will take around 5h 35m.

The distance between Ballarat and Brisbane is around 1,677km (1,042 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,412km (877 miles)

It takes around 5h 35m to get from Ballarat and Brisbane by train and plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 19h 30m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Ballarat to Brisbane is to take the train and then fly which takes around 5h 35m and will set you back approx A$225 ($155).

The cheapest way to travel between Ballarat and Brisbane, if you exclude driving, is to take the train and then fly which will typically cost around A$225 ($155) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

Yes there is a train service that runs between Ballarat and Brisbane. It typically takes around 1 day 2h and departs once daily.

There are no direct train services that runs from Ballarat to Brisbane. However, you can instead can take several connecting trains with a changeover in Southern Cross and Central Station. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 1 day 2h.

V-Line, XPT and NSW TrainLink run train services between Ballarat and Brisbane. Trains depart once daily and will take around 1 day 2h, 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 Brisbane. It typically takes around 1 day 5h and departs 6 times a week.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Ballarat to Brisbane. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Southern Cross Coach Terminal and Sydney. These services run 6 times a week and will take a minimum of 1 day 5h.

V-Line, Firefly Express and Greyhound Australia run regular bus services between Ballarat and Brisbane. Buses run 6 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 Brisbane. We recommend that you take the train to Footscray then fly from Avalon (AVV) to Brisbane (BNE). instead which will take 5h 35m.

The closest major airport to Brisbane is Brisbane Airport (BNE) (BNE) which is approximately 11km (7 miles) from Brisbane. Gold Coast Airport (OOL) (OOL) and Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY) (MCY) 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 Brisbane. The distance is around 1,845km (1,146 miles) by road and it will take around 19h 30m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Ballarat to Brisbane is to take the train and then fly which takes, on average, 5h 35m and will usually cost around A$225 ($155).

How do I get from Ballarat to Brisbane

Compare travel optionsbetween Ballarat and Brisbane

Transport options from Ballarat to Brisbane
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Train and Plane
5h 35m
A$225($155)
twice daily1,677km (1,042 miles)
Train + 1 similar
1 day 2h
A$240($165)
once daily2,039km (1,267 miles)
Train via Southern Cross1 day 2h
A$240($165)
once daily2,039km (1,267 miles)
Bus
1 day 5h
A$360($240)
6 times a week2,081km (1,293 miles)
Drive
19h 30m
A$245($165)
on demand1,845km (1,146 miles)

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Airports near Brisbane

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

BNE
Brisbane Airport (BNE)
International Airport
Distance
11km (7 miles) from Brisbane
OOL
Gold Coast Airport (OOL)
International Airport
Distance
91km (57 miles) from Brisbane
MCY
Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY)
Domestic Airport
Distance
96km (60 miles) from Brisbane