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

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Bus  •  8 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Adelaide to Ballarat Fe81

$40 - $50

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Train  •  9 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Adelaide to Ararat Overland
  2. Take the train from Ararat to Ballarat Ararat - Melbourne Via Ballarat

$62 - $86

Bus, night bus  •  10 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from 85 Franklin St to Dundas St/Market St Melbourne - Adelaide Via Bendigo & Nhill
  2. Take the night bus from Dundas St/Market St to Ballarat Mildura - Melbourne Via Donald & Ballarat

$46 - $64

Drive  •  6 h 51 min

  1. Drive from Adelaide to Ballarat 384.5 miles

$55 - $80

Fly to Melbourne, train  •  5 h 15 min

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

$54 - $233

Fly to Mount Gambier, bus  •  7 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Adelaide (ADL) to Mount Gambier (MGB) ADL - MGB
  2. Take the bus from Tourist Information Centre/Jubilee Hwy East to Ballarat

$162 - $224

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The cheapest way to get from Adelaide to Ballarat is to bus which costs $55 - $70 and takes 8 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Adelaide to Ballarat is to fly and train which costs $75 - $330 and takes 5 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Adelaide and arriving at Ballarat. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Adelaide to Ballarat. However, there are services departing from Adelaide and arriving at Ballarat via Ararat. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 9 min.

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The distance between Adelaide and Ballarat is 555 km. The road distance is 615.1 km.

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The best way to get from Adelaide to Ballarat without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 20 min and costs $55 - $70.

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The bus from Adelaide to Ballarat takes 8 h 20 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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Adelaide to Ballarat bus services, operated by Firefly Express, depart from Adelaide station.

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Adelaide to Ballarat train services, operated by PTV Overland, depart from Adelaide station.

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The best way to get from Adelaide to Ballarat is to bus which takes 8 h 20 min and costs $55 - $70. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $85 - $130 and takes 9 h 9 min.

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Map of how to get from Adelaide to Ballarat.
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  • Distance: 346.6 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 20 min

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

Firefly Express operates a bus from Adelaide to Ballarat once daily. Tickets cost $40 - $50 and the journey takes 8 h 20 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Adelaide to Ballarat via Ararat in around 9 h 9 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
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Adelaide to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $430
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Adelaide to Melbourne via Mildura
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, 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
$57
Rail Saver
$68 - $73
Red Service
$72 - $77
Red Premium
$95 - $105
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 Ararat to Ballarat
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Ballarat
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Adelaide to Ballarat
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $50
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 Dundas St/Market St
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Night bus from Dundas St/Market St to Ballarat
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus from Tourist Information Centre/Jubilee Hwy East to Ballarat
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au

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The quickest flight from Adelaide Airport to Melbourne Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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Adelaide to Ballarat bus services, operated by Firefly Express, arrive at Ballarat station.

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Ballarat is 30 min ahead of Adelaide. It is currently 12:59 PM in Adelaide and 1:29 PM in Ballarat.

Adelaide to Ballarat train services, operated by V-Line, arrive at Ballarat station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Adelaide to Ballarat is 615 km. It takes approximately 6 h 51 min to drive from Adelaide to Ballarat.

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Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, Regional Express and two other airlines offer flights from Adelaide Airport to Melbourne Airport.

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There are 111+ hotels available in Ballarat. Prices start at $73 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Adelaide to Adelaide Airport is to bus which takes 18 min and costs $4.

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