There are 4 ways to get from Canberra to Bairnsdale by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  7 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave to Bairnsdale Canberra - Melbourne Via Bairnsdale / ...

$30 - $45

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Train  •  15 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Canberra Station to Goulburn Station 634 / ...
  2. Take the train from Goulburn to Southern Cross 621 / ...
  3. Take the train from Southern Cross to Bairnsdale

$78 - $189

Drive  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Drive from Canberra to Bairnsdale 283 miles

$40 - $60

Fly, train  •  7 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Canberra (CBR) to Melbourne (MEL) CBR - MEL
  2. Take the train from Southern Cross to Bairnsdale

$95 - $291

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The cheapest way to get from Canberra to Bairnsdale is to bus which costs $40 - $60 and takes 7 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Canberra to Bairnsdale is to drive which costs $55 - $85 and takes 5 h 35 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave and arriving at Bairnsdale. Services depart twice a week, and operate Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 7 h 25 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Canberra station to Bairnsdale. However, there are services departing from Canberra Station and arriving at Bairnsdale via Goulburn and Southern Cross. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 31 min.

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The distance between Canberra and Bairnsdale is 313 km. The road distance is 452.9 km.

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The best way to get from Canberra to Bairnsdale without a car is to bus which takes 7 h 25 min and costs $40 - $60.

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The bus from Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave to Bairnsdale takes 7 h 25 min including transfers and departs twice a week.

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Canberra to Bairnsdale bus services, operated by V-Line, depart from Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave station.

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Canberra to Bairnsdale train services, operated by Transport NSW, arrive at Canberra Station.

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The best way to get from Canberra to Bairnsdale is to bus which takes 7 h 25 min and costs $40 - $60. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $100 - $270 and takes 15 h 31 min.

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The quickest flight from Canberra Airport to Melbourne Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Canberra to Bairnsdale bus services, operated by V-Line, arrive at Bairnsdale station.

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Map of how to get from Canberra to Bairnsdale.
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  • Distance: 195.4 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 25 min

What companies run services between Canberra, ACT, Australia and Bairnsdale, VIC, Australia?

V-Line operates a bus from Canberra to Bairnsdale twice a week. Tickets cost $30 - $45 and the journey takes 7 h 25 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Canberra to Bairnsdale via Goulburn Station, Goulburn, and Southern Cross in around 15 h 31 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Canberra to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Canberra to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $480
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Canberra to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $400
Train operators
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Canberra Station to Goulburn Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$9 - $14
1st Class
$13 - $20
XPT
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Goulburn to Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
8 h 16 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $150
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$50 - $65
First
$65 - $90
Sleeper
$130 - $150
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 Bairnsdale
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
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 Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave to Bairnsdale
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au

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