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There are 4 ways to get from Melbourne to Apollo Bay by train, bus, night bus or car

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Train, bus via Geelong Station/Railway Tce  •  4h 28m

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Geelong Melbourne - Geelong / ...
  2. Take the bus from Geelong Station/Railway Tce to Visitor Information Centre/Great Ocean Rd Melbourne - Warrnambool Via Geelong & Apollo Bay / ...

$7 - $18

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Night bus, bus  •  4h 43m

  1. Take the night bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Geelong Geelong
  2. Take the bus from Geelong Station/Railway Tce to Visitor Information Centre/Great Ocean Rd Melbourne - Warrnambool Via Geelong & Apollo Bay / ...

$7 - $18

2 alternative options

Train, bus  •  4h 43m

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Colac Warrnambool - Melbourne Via Colac & Geelong
  2. Take the bus from Colac to Visitor Information Centre/Great Ocean Rd Colac - Marengo Via Forrest, Skenes Creek & Apollo Bay

$11 - $17

Drive  •  2h 30m

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Apollo Bay 118.2 miles

$16 - $25

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Apollo Bay is to train and bus which costs $15 - $24 and takes 4h 43m.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Apollo Bay is to drive which costs $23 - $35 and takes 2h 30m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Apollo Bay. However, there are services departing from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St and arriving at Visitor Information Centre/Great Ocean Rd via Geelong Station/Railway Tce. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 43m.

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The distance between Melbourne and Apollo Bay is 154 km. The road distance is 189.1 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Apollo Bay without a car is to train and bus which takes 4h 28m and costs $10 - $26.

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It takes approximately 4h 28m to get from Melbourne to Apollo Bay, including transfers.

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Melbourne to Apollo Bay bus services, operated by V-Line, depart from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St station.

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Melbourne to Apollo Bay bus services, operated by V-Line, arrive at Visitor Information Centre/Great Ocean Rd station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Apollo Bay is 189 km. It takes approximately 2h 30m to drive from Melbourne to Apollo Bay.

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There are 157+ hotels available in Apollo Bay. Prices start at $149 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Apollo Bay.
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  • Distance: 96.2 miles
  • Duration: 4h 28m

What companies run services between Melbourne, VIC, Australia and Apollo Bay, VIC, Australia?

There is no direct connection from Melbourne to Apollo Bay. However, you can take the train to Geelong, take the walk to Geelong Station/Railway Tce, then take the bus to Visitor Information Centre/Great Ocean Rd. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Melbourne to Apollo Bay via Geelong and Geelong Station/Railway Tce in around 4h 43m.

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.

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Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Train from Southern Cross to Geelong
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Train from Southern Cross to Colac
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Website
https://www.vline.com.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 Geelong Station/Railway Tce to Visitor Information Centre/Great Ocean Rd
Ave. Duration
2h 28m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Night bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Geelong
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
PTV Regional Transit
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus from Geelong Station/Railway Tce to Visitor Information Centre/Great Ocean Rd
Ave. Duration
2h 28m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Website
Public Transport Victoria
Bus from Colac to Visitor Information Centre/Great Ocean Rd
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Website
Public Transport Victoria

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