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

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Train  •  2 h 23 min

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

$13 - $60

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Bus  •  3 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Ararat station Fe80

$30 - $45

Drive  •  2 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Ararat 127.7 miles

$18 - $27

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Ararat is to drive which costs $25 - $40 and takes 2 h 13 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Ararat is to drive which costs $25 - $40 and takes 2 h 13 min.

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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 3 h 30 min.

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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 2 h 23 min.

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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 2 h 23 min and costs $18 - $80.

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The train from Southern Cross to Ararat takes 2 h 23 min 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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The best way to get from Melbourne to Ararat is to train which takes 2 h 23 min and costs $18 - $80. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $45 - $60 and takes 3 h 30 min.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Ararat.
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  • Distance: 117.9 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 23 min

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

V-Line operates a train from Melbourne to Ararat 4 times a day. Tickets cost $13 - $19 and the journey takes 2 h 23 min. PTV Overland also services this route twice a week. Alternatively, Firefly Express operates a bus from Melbourne to Ararat once daily. Tickets cost $30 - $45 and the journey takes 3 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 Ararat
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
PTV Overland
Email
1800 800 007
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Ararat
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Ready Rail
$57
Rail Saver
$45 - $49
Red Service
$32 - $35
Red Premium
$45 - $49
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Ararat station
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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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 2 h 13 min to drive from Melbourne to Ararat.

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There are 11+ hotels available in Ararat. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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