• Our partners include:

  • Booking.com
  • Skyscanner
  • Airbnb
  • Expedia
  • Uber
  • Rentalcars.com

There are 7 ways to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat by bus, train, taxi, car, shuttle or towncar

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Bus, train  •  2 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne Airport T1 Skybus/Arrival Dr to Skybus Coach Terminal/Spencer St SkyBus
  2. Take the train from Southern Cross to Ballarat Melbourne - Ballarat Via Melton / ...

$20 - $24

6 alternative options

Bus V-Line  •  2 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne Airport T1 Skybus/Arrival Dr to Skybus Coach Terminal/Spencer St SkyBus
  2. Take the bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Ballarat Melbourne - Ballarat Via Melton / ...

$20 - $24

Bus Firefly Express  •  3 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Ballarat Fe80

$43 - $53

Taxi  •  1 h 14 min

  1. Take a taxi from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat 69.5 miles

$140 - $180

Drive  •  1 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat 69.5 miles

$9 - $15

Shuttle  •  1 h 30 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Melbourne Airport to Ballarat

$24 - $35

Towncar  •  1 h 14 min

  1. Take a town car from Melbourne Airport to Ballarat 69.5 miles

$240 - $340

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat is to drive which costs $13 - $21 and takes 1 h 14 min.

More details

The quickest way to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat is to taxi which costs $200 - $250 and takes 1 h 14 min.

More details

No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat. However, there are services departing from Melbourne Airport T1 Skybus/Arrival Dr and arriving at Ballarat via Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 51 min.

More details

The distance between Melbourne Airport (MEL) and Ballarat is 89 km. The road distance is 111.2 km.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat without a car is to bus and train which takes 2 h 29 min and costs $27 - $35.

More details

It takes approximately 2 h 29 min to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat, including transfers.

More details

Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat bus services, operated by Skybus, depart from Melbourne Airport T1 Skybus/Arrival Dr station.

More details

Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat bus services, operated by V-Line, arrive at Ballarat station.

More details

Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat is 111 km. It takes approximately 1 h 14 min to drive from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat.

Get driving directions

There are 109+ hotels available in Ballarat. Prices start at $77 USD per night.

More details

Map of how to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 55.5 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 29 min

What companies run services between Melbourne Airport (MEL), Australia and Ballarat, VIC, Australia?

You can take a bus from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat via Skybus Coach Terminal/Spencer St and Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St in around 2 h 51 min.

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
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Bus operators
Skybus
Phone
+61 3 9335 2811
Email
info@skybus.com.au
Website
skybus.com.au
Bus from Melbourne Airport T1 Skybus/Arrival Dr to Skybus Coach Terminal/Spencer St
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
$13
Website
Skybus
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 Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Ballarat
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Ballarat
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Airport Shuttlebus
Phone
+613 5333 4181
Email
info@airportshuttlebus.com.au
Website
airportshuttlebus.com.au
Shuttle from Melbourne Airport to Ballarat
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
airportshuttlebus.com.au
Book at
airportshuttlebus.com.au
Other operators
Taxi from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Silver Top Taxi
Phone
+61 13 10 08
Website
silvertop.com.au
Jayride
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from Melbourne Airport to Ballarat
Estimated price
$240 - $340

Want to know more about travelling around Australia

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.