How to travel from Ballina to Wollongong, Australia

The distance between Ballina and Wollongong is around 690km (429 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly and then take the train which takes around 2h 40m.

6 routes found

We've found 6 different ways to get from Ballina to Wollongong by plane, 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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Plane and Train

Fly from Ballina (BNK) to Sydney (SYD) then take the train to Wollongong Station.

  • Duration2h 40m
  • Flight time1h 20m
  • Typical cost
    A$155($105)
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Bus

Take the bus to Sydney and then to Wollongong.

  • Duration14h 50m
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$170($115)
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Multiple bus operators

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Bus to Casino Station, Coach Bay, train

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

  • Duration14h 30m
  • Departstwice daily
  • Typical cost
    A$120($81)
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Multiple operators

1 similiar route

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Drive

Drive to Wollongong.

  • Duration8h 55m
  • Distance802km (498 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Ballina and Wollongong

There are several options for getting from Ballina to Wollongong by plane, train, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus and then take the train which costs around A$110 ($75) and will take around 14h 55m. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and then take the train and arrive in approximately 2h 40m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$155 ($105).

The distance between Ballina and Wollongong is around 690km (429 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 668km (415 miles)

It takes around 2h 40m to get from Ballina and Wollongong by plane and train. If you are travelling by car it will take around 8h 55m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Ballina to Wollongong is to fly and then take the train which takes around 2h 40m and will set you back approx A$155 ($105).

The cheapest way to travel between Ballina and Wollongong, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus and then take the train which will typically cost around A$110 ($75) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Ballina and Wollongong. We recommend that you fly from Ballina (BNK) to Sydney (SYD) then take the train to Wollongong Station. instead which will take 2h 40m.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Ballina and Wollongong. It typically takes around 14h 50m and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Ballina to Wollongong. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Sydney. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 14h 50m.

Greyhound Australia and Premier Motor Service run regular bus services between Ballina and Wollongong. Buses run once daily and take around 14h 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 Wollongong. We recommend that you fly from Ballina (BNK) to Sydney (SYD) then take the train to Wollongong Station. instead which will take 2h 40m.

The closest major airport to Wollongong is Sydney Airport (SYD) (SYD) which is approximately 61km (38 miles) from Wollongong. Moruya Airport (MYA) (MYA) and Canberra International Airport (CBR) (CBR) 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 Wollongong. The distance is around 802km (498 miles) by road and it will take around 8h 55m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Ballina to Wollongong is to fly and then take the train which takes, on average, 2h 40m and will usually cost around A$155 ($105).

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Compare travel optionsbetween Ballina and Wollongong

Transport options from Ballina to Wollongong
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Plane and Train + 1 similar
2h 40m
A$155($105)
every 2 hours690km (429 miles)
Bus, Plane and Train4h 30m
A$165($110)
twice daily855km (531 miles)
Bus
14h 50m
A$170($115)
once daily897km (558 miles)
Bus to Casino Station, Coach Bay, train + 1 similar
14h 30m
A$120($81)
twice daily951km (591 miles)
Bus and Train14h 55m
A$110($75)
once daily907km (564 miles)
Drive
8h 55m
A$105($72)
on demand802km (498 miles)

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Airports near Wollongong

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

SYD
Sydney Airport (SYD)
International Airport
Distance
61km (38 miles) from Wollongong
MYA
Moruya Airport (MYA)
Domestic Airport
Distance
178km (110 miles) from Wollongong
CBR
Canberra International Airport (CBR)
International Airport
Distance
184km (114 miles) from Wollongong