There are 6 ways to get from Adelaide to Ararat by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  7 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Adelaide to Ararat Overland

$55 - $80

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Adelaide to Nhill Fe71 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Information Centre/Western Hwy to Ararat Nhill - Melbourne Via Ararat & Ballarat

$35 - $61

4 alternative options

Drive  •  5 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Adelaide to Ararat 326.3 miles

$45 - $70

Fly to Melbourne, train  •  6 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Adelaide (ADL) to Melbourne (MEL) ADL - MEL
  2. Take the train from Southern Cross to Ararat

$74 - $296

Fly to Mount Gambier, bus  •  8 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Adelaide (ADL) to Mount Gambier (MGB) ADL - MGB
  2. Take the bus from Tourist Information Centre/Jubilee Hwy East to Hamilton Station/Station St
  3. Take the bus from Hamilton Station/Station St to Ararat Town Hall/Barkly St

$161 - $224

Fly to Avalon, bus, train  •  7 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Adelaide (ADL) to Avalon (AVV) ADL - AVV
  2. Take the bus from Avalon Airport to Skybus Coach Terminal/Melbourne
  3. Take the train from Southern Cross to Ararat

$97 - $679

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The cheapest way to get from Adelaide to Ararat is to bus which costs $45 - $85 and takes 8 h 32 min.

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The quickest way to get from Adelaide to Ararat is to drive which costs $60 - $95 and takes 5 h 49 min.

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The distance between Adelaide and Ararat is 469 km. The road distance is 522 km.

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The train from Adelaide to Ararat takes 7 h 18 min including transfers and departs twice a week.

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No, there is no direct bus from Adelaide to Ararat. However, there are services departing from Adelaide and arriving at Ararat via Information Centre/Western Hwy. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 32 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Adelaide and arriving at Ararat. Services depart twice a week, and operate Monday and Friday. The journey takes approximately 7 h 18 min.

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What companies run services between Adelaide, SA, Australia and Ararat, VIC, Australia?

PTV Overland operates a train from Adelaide to Ararat twice a week. Tickets cost $55 - $80 and the journey takes 7 h 18 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Adelaide to Ararat via Nhill and Information Centre/Western Hwy in around 8 h 32 min.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Adelaide to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $440
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Adelaide to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Adelaide to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Adelaide to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $410
Flights from Adelaide to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $600
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Adelaide to Melbourne via Mildura
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Adelaide to Melbourne via Mount Gambier
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Adelaide to Mount Gambier
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $290
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Adelaide to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $370
Train operators
PTV Overland
Email
1800 800 007
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Adelaide to Ararat
Ave. Duration
7 h 18 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Ready Rail
$59
Rail Saver
$72 - $76
Red Service
$75 - $81
Red Premium
$100 - $110
Train from Southern Cross to Ararat
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Ready Rail
$59
Rail Saver
$47 - $51
Red Service
$34 - $37
Red Premium
$47 - $51
V-Line

V/Line is the largest provider of passenger rail and coach services in regional Victoria, Australia. Train and coach services cater to destinations across regional areas from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne city. Myki is used for travel to and from V/Line stations located between Melbourne and Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour, while paper tickets must be used on long distance services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have meal trays, larger reclining seats with more leg room, and approximately 52 seats in each carriage, compared to 88 in Economy Class.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Train from Southern Cross to Ararat
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $20
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Adelaide to Nhill
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
V-Line

V/Line is the largest provider of passenger rail and coach services in regional Victoria, Australia. Train and coach services cater to destinations across regional areas from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne city. Myki is used for travel to and from V/Line stations located between Melbourne and Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour, while paper tickets must be used on long distance services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have meal trays, larger reclining seats with more leg room, and approximately 52 seats in each carriage, compared to 88 in Economy Class.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Bus from 85 Franklin St to Information Centre/Western Hwy
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus from Information Centre/Western Hwy to Ararat
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus from Tourist Information Centre/Jubilee Hwy East to Hamilton Station/Station St
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus from Hamilton Station/Station St to Ararat Town Hall/Barkly St
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Skybus
Phone
+61 3 9335 2811
Email
info@skybus.com.au
Website
skybus.com.au
Bus from Avalon Airport to Skybus Coach Terminal/Melbourne
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
skybus.com.au

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