How to travel from Ballarat to Port Douglas, Australia

The distance between Ballarat and Port Douglas is around 2,895km (1,799 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to take the train and then fly which takes around 8h 5m.

4 routes found

We've found 4 different ways to get from Ballarat to Port Douglas 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 Cairns (CNS).

  • Duration8h 5m
  • Flight time4h 20m
  • Typical cost
    A$335($225)
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Bus

Take the bus to Southern Cross Coach Terminal, Sydney, Brisbane then Cairns Central Station and then to Port Douglas.

  • Duration2 days 13h
  • Departs3 times a week
  • Typical cost
    A$555($375)
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Train and Bus

Take the train to Southern Cross, Central Station then Brisbane and then to Cairns Central Station then take the bus to Port Douglas.

  • Duration2 days 4h
  • Departs3 times a week
  • Typical cost
    A$510($345)
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Multiple operators

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Drive

Drive to Port Douglas.

  • Duration1 day 10h
  • Distance2,895km (1,799 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Ballarat and Port Douglas

There are several options for getting from Ballarat to Port Douglas by train, plane, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the train and then fly which costs around A$335 ($225) and will take around 8h 5m.

The distance between Ballarat and Port Douglas is around 2,895km (1,799 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 2,349km (1,460 miles)

It takes around 8h 5m to get from Ballarat and Port Douglas by train and plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 1 day 10h to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Ballarat to Port Douglas is to take the train and then fly which takes around 8h 5m and will set you back approx A$335 ($225).

The cheapest way to travel between Ballarat and Port Douglas, if you exclude driving, is to take the train and then fly which will typically cost around A$335 ($225) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Ballarat and Port Douglas. We recommend that you take the train to Footscray then fly from Avalon (AVV) to Cairns (CNS). instead which will take 8h 5m.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Ballarat and Port Douglas. It typically takes around 2 days 13h and departs 3 times a week.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Ballarat to Port Douglas. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Southern Cross Coach Terminal, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns Central Station and Port Douglas. These services run 3 times a week and will take a minimum of 2 days 13h.

V-Line, Firefly Express, Greyhound Australia, Premier Motor Service and Trans North Bus & Coach run regular bus services between Ballarat and Port Douglas. Buses run 3 times a week and take around 2 days 13h 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 Port Douglas. We recommend that you take the train to Footscray then fly from Avalon (AVV) to Cairns (CNS). instead which will take 8h 5m.

The closest major airport to Port Douglas is Cairns Airport (CNS) (CNS) which is approximately 53km (33 miles) from Port Douglas. Cooktown Airport (CTN) (CTN) and Palm Island Airport (PMK) (PMK) 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 Port Douglas. The distance is around 2,895km (1,799 miles) by road and it will take around 1 day 10h in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Ballarat to Port Douglas is to take the train and then fly which takes, on average, 8h 5m and will usually cost around A$335 ($225).

How do I get from Ballarat to Port Douglas

Compare travel optionsbetween Ballarat and Port Douglas

Transport options from Ballarat to Port Douglas
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Train and Plane
8h 5m
A$335($225)
twice daily2,993km (1,860 miles)
Bus
2 days 13h
A$555($375)
3 times a week4,156km (2,582 miles)
Train and Bus
2 days 4h
A$510($345)
3 times a week3,761km (2,337 miles)
Drive
1 day 10h
A$385($260)
on demand2,895km (1,799 miles)

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Airports near Port Douglas

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

CNS
Cairns Airport (CNS)
International Airport
Distance
53km (33 miles) from Port Douglas
CTN
Cooktown Airport (CTN)
Domestic Airport
Distance
120km (74 miles) from Port Douglas
PMK
Palm Island Airport (PMK)
Domestic Airport
Distance
279km (173 miles) from Port Douglas