There are 7 ways to get from Melbourne to Ballina by plane, bus, train, night bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly Melbourne to Ballina  •  4 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Ballina (BNK) MEL - BNK

$106 - $361

Cheapest option

Fly Melbourne to Gold Coast, bus  •  5 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Gold Coast (OOL) MEL - OOL
  2. Take the bus from Gold Coast Airport to Ballina CBD Tamar St Bus Interchange

$96 - $319

5 alternative options

Bus to Avalon, fly to Gold Coast, bus  •  6 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Skybus Coach Terminal/Melbourne to Avalon Airport
  2. Fly from Avalon (AVV) to Gold Coast (OOL) AVV - OOL
  3. Take the bus from Gold Coast Airport to Ballina CBD Tamar St Bus Interchange

$114 - $402

Train, night bus  •  25 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Central Station 622 / ...
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Casino Station 31 / ...
  3. Take the night bus from Casino Station, Coach Bay to Ballina Coach Stop, Tamar St 161

$145 - $304

Bus, train via Canberra  •  27 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Canberra
  2. Take the bus from Canberra to Sydney
  3. Take the train from Central Station to Fassifern Station
  4. Take the train from Fassifern Station to Grafton Station 31 / ...
  5. Take the bus from Grafton Station, Coach Bay to Ballina Coach Stop, Tamar St 143

$157 - $270

Bus Firefly Express, train  •  29 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Sydney
  2. Take the bus from Central Station, Forecourt, Coach Bay 7 to Raymond Terrace Coach Stop, Adelaide St 100
  3. Take the bus from Raymond Terrace Coach Stop, Adelaide St to Taree Station, Coach Bay 150 / ...
  4. Take the train from Taree Station to Grafton Station 31 / ...
  5. Take the bus from Grafton Station, Coach Bay to Ballina Coach Stop, Tamar St 143

$112 - $152

Drive  •  17 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Ballina 987.4 miles

$140 - $210

What companies run services between Melbourne, VIC, Australia and Ballina, NSW, Australia?

Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas fly from Melbourne to Ballina 5 times a day.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Ballina
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Ballina via Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from Melbourne to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $460
Flights from Melbourne to Gold Coast via Newcastle
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $430
Flights from Avalon to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Avalon to Gold Coast via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Ballina
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Ballina via Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $430
Flights from Melbourne to Gold Coast via Newcastle
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $430
Flights from Avalon to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Avalon to Gold Coast via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Ballina via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Melbourne to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $480
Flights from Melbourne to Gold Coast via Canberra
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $480
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $430
Train operators
XPT
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Central Station
Ave. Duration
11 h 8 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $180
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $85
First
$85 - $120
Sleeper
$150 - $180
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Casino Station
Ave. Duration
11 h 38 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $120
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$75 - $120
1st Class
$100 - $160
Train from Central Station to Fassifern Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $20
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$13 - $20
1st Class
$19 - $28
Train from Fassifern Station to Grafton Station
Ave. Duration
8 h 3 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$50 - $80
1st Class
$75 - $110
Train from Taree Station to Grafton Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$30 - $45
1st Class
$40 - $65
Bus operators
Byron Easybus
Website
byronbayshuttle.com.au
Bus from Gold Coast Airport to Ballina CBD Tamar St Bus Interchange
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $35
Schedules at
byronbayshuttle.com.au
Skybus
Phone
+61 3 9335 2811
Email
info@skybus.com.au
Website
skybus.com.au
Bus from Skybus Coach Terminal/Melbourne to Avalon Airport
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
skybus.com.au
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Night bus from Casino Station, Coach Bay to Ballina Coach Stop, Tamar St
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Bus from Grafton Station, Coach Bay to Ballina Coach Stop, Tamar St
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Bus from Raymond Terrace Coach Stop, Adelaide St to Taree Station, Coach Bay
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$55 - $80
Flexifare
$70 - $100
Murrays Coaches
Website
murrays.com.au
Bus from Canberra to Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $50
Schedules at
murrays.com.au
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Port Stephens Coaches
Website
pscoaches.com.au
Bus from Central Station, Forecourt, Coach Bay 7 to Raymond Terrace Coach Stop, Adelaide St
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
pscoaches.com.au

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Melbourne and Ballina is 1275 km. The road distance is 1580 km.

The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Ballina is to fly and bus which costs $120 - $430 and takes 5 h 45 min.

The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Ballina is to fly which takes 4 h 27 min and costs $140 - $480.

It takes approximately 4 h 27 min to get from Melbourne to Ballina, including transfers.