There are 5 ways to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat by bus, train, night bus, car, shuttle or towncar

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Bus, train  •  2 h 18 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 Ballarat - Melbourne Via Melton / ...

$20 - $24

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Night bus  •  3 h

  1. Take the night bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Ballarat Mildura - Melbourne Via Donald & Ballarat / ...

$20 - $24

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

$25 - $35

Towncar  •  1 h 14 min

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

$250 - $340

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat is to drive which costs $13 - $20 and takes 1 h 14 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat is to drive which costs $13 - $20 and takes 1 h 14 min.

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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 3 h.

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

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The best way to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat without a car is to bus and train which takes 2 h 18 min and costs $27 - $35.

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It takes approximately 2 h 18 min to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat, including transfers.

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Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat bus services, operated by V-Line, depart from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St station.

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

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Map of how to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat.
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  • Distance: 55.5 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 18 min

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

There is no direct connection from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat. However, you can take the bus to Skybus Coach Terminal/Spencer St, take the walk to Southern Cross, then take the train to Ballarat. Alternatively, V-Line operates a vehicle from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Ballarat once daily. Tickets cost $7 - $11 and the journey takes 1 h 30 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
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.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
$14
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
Night bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Ballarat
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.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
$25 - $35
Schedules at
airportshuttlebus.com.au
Book at
airportshuttlebus.com.au
Other operators
Jayride
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from Melbourne Airport to Ballarat
Estimated price
$250 - $340

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