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There are 8 ways to get from Brisbane to Ballarat by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Brisbane to Melbourne, train  •  6h 17m

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

$95 - $288

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Train to Gold Coast, fly to Melbourne, train  •  8h 7m

  1. Take the train from Central, platform 1 to Varsity Lakes, platform 2
  2. Fly from Gold Coast (OOL) to Melbourne (MEL) OOL - MEL
  3. Take the train from Southern Cross to Ballarat

$86 - $310

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Bus to Toowoomba, fly to Melbourne, train  •  8h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Brisbane to Toowoomba
  2. Fly from Toowoomba (WTB) to Melbourne (MEL) WTB - MEL
  3. Take the train from Southern Cross to Ballarat

$159 - $378

Fly Brisbane to Avalon, bus, train  •  9h 29m

  1. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Avalon (AVV) BNE - AVV
  2. Take the bus from Avalon Airport to Southern Cross
  3. Take the train from Southern Cross to Ballarat

$129 - $221

Train  •  28h 9m

  1. Take the train from Brisbane to Central Station 32
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Southern Cross 621 / ...
  3. Take the train from Southern Cross to Ballarat

$158 - $311

Bus  •  29h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Brisbane Roma Street to Sydney
  2. Take the bus from Central Station to Melbourne
  3. Take the bus from Melbourne to Ballarat

$165 - $291

Bus, train  •  32h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Brisbane to Hornsby
  2. Take the bus from Parramatta to Melbourne
  3. Take the train from Southern Cross to Ballarat

$119 - $199

Drive  •  19h 54m

  1. Drive from Brisbane to Ballarat 1163.2 miles

$160 - $240

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The cheapest way to get from Brisbane to Ballarat is to train and fly which costs $120 - $440 and takes 8h 7m.

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The quickest way to get from Brisbane to Ballarat is to fly and train which costs $130 - $410 and takes 6h 17m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Brisbane to Ballarat. However, there are services departing from Brisbane Roma Street and arriving at Ballarat via Central Station and Melbourne. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 29h 55m.

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No, there is no direct train from Brisbane to Ballarat. However, there are services departing from Brisbane and arriving at Ballarat via Central Station and Southern Cross. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 28h 9m.

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The distance between Brisbane and Ballarat is 1413 km. The road distance is 1861.2 km.

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The best way to get from Brisbane to Ballarat without a car is to train which takes 28h 9m and costs $220 - $440.

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It takes approximately 6h 17m to get from Brisbane to Ballarat, including transfers.

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Brisbane to Ballarat bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Brisbane Roma Street station.

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Brisbane to Ballarat train services, operated by Transport NSW, depart from Brisbane station.

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The best way to get from Brisbane to Ballarat is to train which takes 28h 9m and costs $220 - $440. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $230 - $410 and takes 29h 55m.

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Map of how to get from Brisbane to Ballarat.
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  • Distance: 883.2 miles
  • Duration: 6h 17m

What companies run services between Brisbane, QLD, Australia and Ballarat, VIC, Australia?

You can take a train from Brisbane to Ballarat via Central Station and Southern Cross in around 28h 9m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Brisbane to Ballarat via Central Station and Melbourne in around 29h 55m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Brisbane to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Gold Coast to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $450
Flights from Toowoomba to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Toowoomba to Melbourne via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Brisbane to Avalon via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Brisbane to Avalon via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$270 - $750
Flights from Brisbane to Avalon via Proserpine, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $490
Flights from Gold Coast to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $480
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Brisbane to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Flights from Gold Coast to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
2h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $430
Flights from Brisbane to Avalon via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Brisbane to Avalon via Melbourne, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Brisbane to Avalon via Proserpine, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Brisbane to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Flights from Gold Coast to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $430
Airnorth
Website
flyairnorth.com
Flights from Toowoomba to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
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 Southern Cross to Ballarat
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
TRANSLink QLD
Phone
13 12 30
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Central, platform 1 to Varsity Lakes, platform 2
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Brisbane to Central Station
Ave. Duration
14h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
XPT
Phone
132 232
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Central Station to Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
10h 48m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $170
Book at
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $80
First
$80 - $110
Sleeper
$140 - $170
Bus operators
Murrays Coaches
Phone
(61) 13 22 51
Email
reservations@murrays.com.au
Website
murrays.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Toowoomba
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Book at
Murrays Coaches
Skybus
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Brisbane Roma Street to Sydney
Ave. Duration
15h 40m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$75 - $140
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$75 - $110
Flexifare
$95 - $140
Bus from Central Station to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
10h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$65 - $100
Flexifare
$85 - $120
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Sydney
Ave. Duration
17h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Hornsby
Ave. Duration
16h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Website
Premier Motor Service
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Ballarat
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Parramatta to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
10h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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The quickest flight from Brisbane Airport to Melbourne Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 20m.

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

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Ballarat is 1h ahead of Brisbane. It is currently 1:13 AM in Brisbane and 2:13 AM in Ballarat.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Brisbane to Ballarat is 1861 km. It takes approximately 19h 54m to drive from Brisbane to Ballarat.

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

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There are 113+ hotels available in Ballarat. Prices start at $78 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Brisbane to Brisbane Airport is to train which takes 20m and costs $14 - $20.

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