How to travel from Ballarat to Melbourne, Australia

The distance between Ballarat and Melbourne is around 113km (70 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to drive which takes around 1h 20m.

3 routes found

We've found 3 different ways to get from Ballarat to Melbourne 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

Take the train to Southern Cross.

  • Duration1h 30m
  • Departshourly
  • Typical cost
    A$19($13)
Operated by

V-Line

💰 Cheapest
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Bus

Take the bus to Southern Cross Coach Terminal.

  • Duration1h 30m
  • Departstwice daily
  • Typical cost
    A$18($12)
Operated by

V-Line

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🚀 Fastest
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Drive

Drive to Melbourne.

  • Duration1h 20m
  • Distance116km (72 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Ballarat and Melbourne

There are several options for getting from Ballarat to Melbourne by train, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around A$18 ($12) and will take around 1h 30m. If you need to get there more quickly, you can drive and arrive in approximately 1h 20m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$16 ($11).

The distance between Ballarat and Melbourne is around 113km (70 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 101km (63 miles)

It takes around 1h 30m to get from Ballarat and Melbourne by train. If you are travelling by car it will take around 1h 20m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Ballarat to Melbourne is to drive which takes around 1h 20m and will set you back approx A$16 ($11).

The cheapest way to travel between Ballarat and Melbourne, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around A$18 ($12) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

Yes there is a train service that runs between Ballarat and Melbourne. It typically takes around 1h 30m and departs hourly.

Yes there is a direct train service that runs between Ballarat and Melbourne with no changeovers required. The train runs hourly and takes 1h 30m.

V-Line run train services between Ballarat and Melbourne. Trains depart hourly and will take around 1h 30m, 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 Melbourne. It typically takes around 1h 30m and departs 6 times a week.

Yes there is a direct bus service that runs between Ballarat and Melbourne with no changeovers required. The bus runs 6 times a week and takes 1h 30m.

V-Line and Firefly Express run regular bus services between Ballarat and Melbourne. Buses run 6 times a week and take around 1h 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 Melbourne. We recommend that you take the train to Southern Cross. instead which will take 1h 30m.

The closest major airport to Melbourne is Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL) (MEL) which is approximately 19km (12 miles) from Melbourne. Avalon Airport (AVV) (AVV) 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 Ballarat and Melbourne. The distance is around 116km (72 miles) by road and it will take around 1h 20m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Ballarat to Melbourne is to take the train which takes, on average, 1h 30m and will usually cost around A$19 ($13).

How do I get from Ballarat to Melbourne

Compare travel optionsbetween Ballarat and Melbourne

Transport options from Ballarat to Melbourne
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Train
1h 30m
A$19($13)
hourly113km (70 miles)
Bus
1h 30m
A$18($12)
twice daily129km (80 miles)
Drive
1h 20m
A$16($11)
on demand116km (72 miles)

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Airports near Melbourne

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

MEL
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL)
International Airport
Distance
19km (12 miles) from Melbourne
AVV
Avalon Airport (AVV)
International Airport
Distance
49km (30 miles) from Melbourne
KNS
King Island Airport (KNS)
Domestic Airport
Distance
248km (154 miles) from Melbourne