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Train  •  2h 28m

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Ararat Ararat - Melbourne Via Ballarat / ...

$26 - $80

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Bus  •  3h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Ararat Ararat - Melbourne Via Ballarat / ...

$22 - $65

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Drive  •  2h 13m

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Ararat 204.1 km

$23 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Ararat is to drive which costs $23 - $35 and takes 2h 13m.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Ararat is to drive which costs $23 - $35 and takes 2h 13m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St and arriving at Ararat. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 5m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Southern Cross and arriving at Ararat. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 28m.

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The distance between Melbourne and Ararat is 189 km. The road distance is 204.1 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Ararat without a car is to train which takes 2h 28m and costs $26 - $80.

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The train from Southern Cross to Ararat takes 2h 28m including transfers and departs five times a day.

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

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Melbourne to Ararat train services, operated by V-Line, depart from Southern Cross station.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Ararat is to train which takes 2h 28m and costs $26 - $80. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $22 - $65 and takes 3h 5m.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Ararat.
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  • Distance: 188.6 km
  • Duration: 2h 28m

What companies run services between Melbourne, VIC, Australia and Ararat, VIC, Australia?

V-Line operates a train from Southern Cross to Ararat 5 times a day. Tickets cost $26 - $35 and the journey takes 2h 28m. PTV Overland also services this route twice a week. Alternatively, V-Line operates a bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Ararat every 3 hours. Tickets cost $22 - $30 and the journey takes 3h 5m. Firefly Express also services this route once daily.

Train operators
V-Line

V/Line provides passenger rail and coach services to regional destinations across Victoria, Australia. Services go to/from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne. 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 coach travel and long-distance train services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have tray tables and larger reclining seats with more leg room.

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Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Train from Southern Cross to Ararat
Ave. Duration
2h 28m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $35
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Off Peak
$26 - $35
Bus operators
V-Line

V/Line provides passenger rail and coach services to regional destinations across Victoria, Australia. Services go to/from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne. 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 coach travel and long-distance train services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have tray tables and larger reclining seats with more leg room.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Ararat
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $30
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Off Peak
$22 - $30
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Ararat station
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$58 - $64
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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Melbourne to Ararat bus services, operated by V-Line, arrive at Ararat station.

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Melbourne to Ararat train services, operated by V-Line, arrive at Ararat station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Ararat is 204 km. It takes approximately 2h 13m to drive from Melbourne to Ararat.

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