How to travel from Ballarat to Rockhampton, Australia

The distance between Ballarat and Rockhampton is around 2,054km (1,276 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to take the train and then fly which takes around 6h 25m.

5 routes found

We've found 5 different ways to get from Ballarat to Rockhampton 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 Rockhampton (ROK).

  • Duration6h 25m
  • Flight time4hrs
  • Typical cost
    A$225($150)
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Train

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

  • Duration1 day 10h
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$330($225)
Operated by

Multiple train operators

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Bus

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

  • Duration1 day 19h
  • Departs6 times a week
  • Typical cost
    A$425($285)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

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Drive

Drive to Rockhampton.

  • Duration23h 5m
  • Distance2,054km (1,276 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Ballarat and Rockhampton

There are several options for getting from Ballarat to Rockhampton by train, plane, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the train and then fly which costs around A$225 ($150) and will take around 6h 25m.

The distance between Ballarat and Rockhampton is around 2,054km (1,276 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,700km (1,056 miles)

It takes around 6h 25m to get from Ballarat and Rockhampton by train and plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 23h 5m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Ballarat to Rockhampton is to take the train and then fly which takes around 6h 25m and will set you back approx A$225 ($150).

The cheapest way to travel between Ballarat and Rockhampton, if you exclude driving, is to take the train and then fly which will typically cost around A$225 ($150) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

Yes there is a train service that runs between Ballarat and Rockhampton. It typically takes around 1 day 10h and departs once daily.

There are no direct train services that runs from Ballarat to Rockhampton. However, you can instead can take several connecting trains with a changeover in Southern Cross, Central Station and Brisbane. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 1 day 10h.

V-Line, XPT, NSW TrainLink and Queensland Rail Travel run train services between Ballarat and Rockhampton. Trains depart once daily and will take around 1 day 10h, 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 Rockhampton. It typically takes around 1 day 19h and departs 6 times a week.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Ballarat to Rockhampton. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Southern Cross Coach Terminal, Sydney and Brisbane. These services run 6 times a week and will take a minimum of 1 day 19h.

V-Line, Firefly Express, Greyhound Australia and Premier Motor Service run regular bus services between Ballarat and Rockhampton. Buses run 6 times a week and take around 1 day 19h 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 Rockhampton. We recommend that you take the train to Footscray then fly from Avalon (AVV) to Rockhampton (ROK). instead which will take 6h 25m.

The closest major airport to Rockhampton is Rockhampton Airport (ROK) (ROK) which is approximately 4km (2 miles) from Rockhampton. Gladstone Airport (GLT) (GLT) and Brisbane Airport (BNE) (BNE) 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 Rockhampton. The distance is around 2,054km (1,276 miles) by road and it will take around 23h 5m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Ballarat to Rockhampton is to take the train and then fly which takes, on average, 6h 25m and will usually cost around A$225 ($150).

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Compare travel optionsbetween Ballarat and Rockhampton

Transport options from Ballarat to Rockhampton
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Train and Plane
6h 25m
A$225($150)
twice daily2,185km (1,358 miles)
Train + 1 similar
1 day 10h
A$330($225)
once daily2,662km (1,654 miles)
Train via Southern Cross1 day 10h
A$330($225)
once daily2,662km (1,654 miles)
Bus
1 day 19h
A$425($285)
6 times a week2,929km (1,820 miles)
Drive
23h 5m
A$270($185)
on demand2,054km (1,276 miles)

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Airports near Rockhampton

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

ROK
Rockhampton Airport (ROK)
Domestic Airport
Distance
4km (2 miles) from Rockhampton
GLT
Gladstone Airport (GLT)
Domestic Airport
Distance
91km (56 miles) from Rockhampton
BNE
Brisbane Airport (BNE)
International Airport
Distance
518km (322 miles) from Rockhampton