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

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Train to Melbourne, fly  •  4 h 39 min

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

$68 - $246

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Bus  •  8 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Ballarat to Adelaide Fe80

$40 - $50

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Bus to Mount Gambier, fly  •  6 h 59 min

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

$163 - $226

Train  •  8 h 52 min

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

$61 - $88

Night bus, bus  •  10 h 33 min

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

$46 - $64

Drive  •  6 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Ballarat to Adelaide 384.4 miles

$55 - $80

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The cheapest way to get from Ballarat to Adelaide is to bus which costs $55 - $70 and takes 8 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ballarat to Adelaide is to train and fly which costs $95 - $350 and takes 4 h 39 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Ballarat and arriving at Adelaide. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Ballarat to Adelaide. However, there are services departing from Ballarat and arriving at Adelaide via Ararat. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 52 min.

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

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The best way to get from Ballarat to Adelaide without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 30 min and costs $55 - $70.

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It takes approximately 4 h 39 min to get from Ballarat to Adelaide, including transfers.

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

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Ballarat to Adelaide train services, operated by V-Line, depart from Ballarat station.

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The best way to get from Ballarat to Adelaide is to bus which takes 8 h 30 min and costs $55 - $70. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $85 - $130 and takes 8 h 52 min.

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Map of how to get from Ballarat to Adelaide.
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  • Distance: 346.6 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 39 min

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

Firefly Express operates a bus from Ballarat to Adelaide once daily. Tickets cost $40 - $50 and the journey takes 8 h 30 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Ballarat to Adelaide via Ararat in around 8 h 52 min.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $440
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $370
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Mount Gambier to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $290
Train operators
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 Ballarat to Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Ballarat to Ararat
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
PTV Overland
Email
1800 800 007
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Ararat to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 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
Bus operators
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 Ballarat to Tourist Information Centre/Jubilee Hwy East
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Night bus from Ballarat to Dundas St/Market St
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus from Dundas St/Market St to 85 Franklin St
Ave. Duration
7 h 27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Ballarat to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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

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

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Adelaide is 30 min behind Ballarat. It is currently 7:01 PM in Ballarat and 6:31 PM in Adelaide.

Ballarat to Adelaide train services, operated by PTV Overland, arrive at Adelaide station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Ballarat to Adelaide is 615 km. It takes approximately 6 h 52 min to drive from Ballarat to Adelaide.

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Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Adelaide Airport.

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There are 402+ hotels available in Adelaide. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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