How to travel from Ballarat to Nelson Bay, Australia

The distance between Ballarat and Nelson Bay is around 1,143km (710 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to drive which takes around 12hrs.

5 routes found

We've found 5 different ways to get from Ballarat to Nelson Bay 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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Bus

Take the bus to Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St, Parramatta then Newcastle Interchange Stand C and then to Donald St Before Stockton St.

  • Duration16h 45m
  • Departs4 times a week
  • Typical cost
    A$100($66)
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Train to Southern Cross, bus

Take the train to Southern Cross then Central Station and then to Newcastle Interchange then take the bus to Donald St Before Stockton St.

  • Duration16h 50m
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$115($77)
Operated by

Multiple operators

2 similiar routes

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Drive

Drive to Nelson Bay.

  • Duration12hrs
  • Distance1,143km (710 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Ballarat and Nelson Bay

There are several options for getting from Ballarat to Nelson Bay by train, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around A$100 ($66) and will take around 16h 45m. If you need to get there more quickly, you can drive and arrive in approximately 12hrs, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$215 ($145).

The distance between Ballarat and Nelson Bay is around 1,143km (710 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 925km (575 miles)

It takes around 16h 50m to get from Ballarat and Nelson Bay by train and bus. If you are travelling by car it will take around 12hrs to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Ballarat to Nelson Bay is to drive which takes around 12hrs and will set you back approx A$215 ($145).

The cheapest way to travel between Ballarat and Nelson Bay, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around A$100 ($66) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Ballarat and Nelson Bay. We recommend that you drive to Nelson Bay. instead which will take 12hrs.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Ballarat and Nelson Bay. It typically takes around 16h 45m and departs 4 times a week.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Ballarat to Nelson Bay. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St, Parramatta, Hornsby Station Stand F and Newcastle Interchange Stand C. These services run 4 times a week and will take a minimum of 16h 45m.

V/Line, Firefly Express, Transport for NSW and Port Stephens Coaches run regular bus services between Ballarat and Nelson Bay. Buses run 4 times a week and take around 16h 45m 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 Nelson Bay. We recommend that you take the train to Southern Cross then Central Station and then to Hamilton Station then take the bus to Donald St Before Stockton St. instead which will take 16h 50m.

The closest major airport to Nelson Bay is Newcastle Airport (NTL) (NTL) which is approximately 30km (19 miles) from Nelson Bay. Port Macquarie Airport (PQQ) (PQQ) and Sydney Airport (SYD) (SYD) 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 Nelson Bay. The distance is around 1,143km (710 miles) by road and it will take around 12hrs in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Ballarat to Nelson Bay is to take the train and then take the bus which takes, on average, 16h 50m and will usually cost around A$115 ($77).

How do I get from Ballarat to Nelson Bay

Compare travel optionsbetween Ballarat and Nelson Bay

Transport options from Ballarat to Nelson Bay
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Bus
16h 45m
A$100($66)
4 times a week1,206km (749 miles)
Train to Southern Cross, bus + 2 similar
16h 50m
A$115($77)
once daily1,284km (798 miles)
Train and Bus16h 50m
A$115($77)
once daily1,282km (796 miles)
Train to Southern Cross, bus17h 40m
A$180($120)
once daily1,280km (795 miles)
Drive
12hrs
A$215($145)
on demand1,143km (710 miles)

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Airports near Nelson Bay

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

NTL
Newcastle Airport (NTL)
Domestic Airport
Distance
30km (19 miles) from Nelson Bay
PQQ
Port Macquarie Airport (PQQ)
Domestic Airport
Distance
159km (99 miles) from Nelson Bay
SYD
Sydney Airport (SYD)
International Airport
Distance
162km (101 miles) from Nelson Bay