How to travel from Ballarat to Canberra, Australia

The distance between Ballarat and Canberra is around 749km (465 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to drive which takes around 7h 50m.

4 routes found

We've found 4 different ways to get from Ballarat to Canberra by 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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Train and Bus

Take the train to Southern Cross and then to Albury Station Platform 1 then take the bus to Canberra.

  • Duration8h 25m
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$120($82)
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Drive

Drive to Canberra.

  • Duration7h 50m
  • Distance749km (465 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Ballarat and Canberra

There are several options for getting from Ballarat to Canberra by train, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the train and then take the bus which costs around A$105 ($69) and will take around 9h 30m. If you need to get there more quickly, you can drive and arrive in approximately 7h 50m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$100 ($67).

The distance between Ballarat and Canberra is around 749km (465 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 532km (331 miles)

It takes around 8h 25m to get from Ballarat and Canberra by train and bus. If you are travelling by car it will take around 7h 50m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Ballarat to Canberra is to drive which takes around 7h 50m and will set you back approx A$100 ($67).

The cheapest way to travel between Ballarat and Canberra, if you exclude driving, is to take the train and then take the bus which will typically cost around A$105 ($69) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Ballarat and Canberra. We recommend that you drive to Canberra. instead which will take 7h 50m.

Bus travel

Sorry, looks like there is no bus service that runs between Ballarat and Canberra. We recommend that you drive to Canberra. instead which will take 7h 50m.

Flights and Airlines

It doesn't look like you can fly directly from Ballarat to Canberra. We recommend that you take the train to Southern Cross and then to Albury Station Platform 1 then take the bus to Canberra. instead which will take 8h 25m.

The closest major airport to Canberra is Canberra International Airport (CBR) (CBR) which is approximately 8km (5 miles) from Canberra. Moruya Airport (MYA) (MYA) and Wagga Wagga Airport (WGA) (WGA) 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 Canberra. The distance is around 749km (465 miles) by road and it will take around 7h 50m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Ballarat to Canberra is to take the train and then take the bus which takes, on average, 8h 25m and will usually cost around A$120 ($82).

How do I get from Ballarat to Canberra

Compare travel optionsbetween Ballarat and Canberra

Transport options from Ballarat to Canberra
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Train and Bus + 2 similar
8h 25m
A$120($82)
once daily755km (469 miles)
Train to Southern Cross, bus9h 30m
A$105($69)
once daily798km (496 miles)
Train to Southern Cross, bus9h 35m
A$115($78)
once daily760km (472 miles)
Drive
7h 50m
A$100($67)
on demand749km (465 miles)

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Airports near Canberra

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

CBR
Canberra International Airport (CBR)
International Airport
Distance
8km (5 miles) from Canberra
MYA
Moruya Airport (MYA)
Domestic Airport
Distance
116km (72 miles) from Canberra
WGA
Wagga Wagga Airport (WGA)
Domestic Airport
Distance
149km (93 miles) from Canberra