There are 3 ways to get from Melbourne to Ararat by train, bus or car

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Train  •  2h 25m

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

$26 - $80

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Bus  •  3h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Ararat station Fe80

$58 - $64

Drive  •  2h 13m

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Ararat 204.3 km

$30 - $45

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Ararat is to drive which costs $30 - $45 and takes 2h 13m.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Ararat is to drive which costs $30 - $45 and takes 2h 13m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Melbourne and arriving at Ararat station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Southern Cross and arriving at Ararat. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 25m.

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The distance between Melbourne and Ararat is 189 km. The road distance is 204.3 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Ararat without a car is to train which takes 2h 25m and costs $26 - $80.

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The train from Southern Cross to Ararat takes 2h 25m including transfers and departs four times a day.

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Melbourne to Ararat bus services, operated by Firefly Express, depart from Melbourne station.

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

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

V-Line operates a train from Southern Cross to Ararat 4 times a day. Tickets cost $26 - $35 and the journey takes 2h 25m. PTV Overland also services this route twice a week. Alternatively, Firefly Express operates a bus from Melbourne to Ararat station once daily. Tickets cost $58 - $64 and the journey takes 3h 30m.

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 25m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $35
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Off Peak
$26 - $35
Bus operators
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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The best way to get from Melbourne to Ararat is to train which takes 2h 25m and costs $26 - $80. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $58 - $64 and takes 3h 30m.

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Melbourne to Ararat bus services, operated by Firefly Express, 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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There are 13+ hotels available in Ararat. Prices start at $150 AUD per night.

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