How to travel from Ballina to Melbourne, Australia

The distance between Ballina and Melbourne is around 1,570km (976 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to drive which takes around 16h 40m.

5 routes found

We've found 5 different ways to get from Ballina to Melbourne by bus, train 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 via Hornsby

Take the bus to Hornsby and then to Melbourne.

  • Duration24h 50m
  • Departs4 times a week
  • Typical cost
    A$185($125)
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Bus and Train

Take the bus to Casino Station Coach Bay then take the train to Central Station and then to Southern Cross.

  • Duration23h 50m
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$210($140)
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Drive

Drive to Melbourne.

  • Duration16h 40m
  • Distance1,570km (976 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Ballina and Melbourne

There are several options for getting from Ballina to Melbourne by bus, train and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around A$185 ($125) and will take around 24h 50m. If you need to get there more quickly, you can drive and arrive in approximately 16h 40m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$210 ($140).

The distance between Ballina and Melbourne is around 1,570km (976 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,275km (792 miles)

It takes around 24h 50m to get from Ballina and Melbourne by bus. If you are travelling by car it will take around 16h 40m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Ballina to Melbourne is to drive which takes around 16h 40m and will set you back approx A$210 ($140).

The cheapest way to travel between Ballina and Melbourne, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around A$185 ($125) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Ballina and Melbourne. We recommend that you drive to Melbourne. instead which will take 16h 40m.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Ballina and Melbourne. It typically takes around 24h 50m and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Ballina to Melbourne. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Sydney. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 24h 50m.

Greyhound Australia, Firefly Express and Premier Motor Service run regular bus services between Ballina and Melbourne. Buses run once daily and take around 24h 50m on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

It doesn't look like you can fly directly from Ballina to Melbourne. We recommend that you take the bus to Sydney and then to Melbourne. instead which will take 24h 50m.

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 Ballina and Melbourne. The distance is around 1,570km (976 miles) by road and it will take around 16h 40m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Ballina to Melbourne is to take the bus which takes, on average, 24h 50m and will usually cost around A$305 ($205).

How do I get from Ballina to Melbourne

Compare travel optionsbetween Ballina and Melbourne

Transport options from Ballina to Melbourne
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Bus via Hornsby + 1 similar
24h 50m
A$185($125)
4 times a week1,674km (1,040 miles)
Bus24h 50m
A$305($205)
once daily1,747km (1,085 miles)
Bus and Train + 1 similar
23h 50m
A$210($140)
once daily1,807km (1,123 miles)
Bus to Casino Station, Coach Bay, train23h 55m
A$210($140)
once daily1,807km (1,123 miles)
Drive
16h 40m
A$210($140)
on demand1,570km (976 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