There are 8 ways to get from Melbourne to Ballina by plane, bus, train, night bus or car

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Fly Melbourne to Ballina  •  4 h 25 min

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

$105 - $360

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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

$93 - $318

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Fly Avalon to Gold Coast, bus  •  6 h 20 min

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

$108 - $401

Fly Melbourne to Coffs Harbour, bus  •  7 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Coffs Harbour (CFS) MEL - CFS
  2. Take the bus from Coffs Harbour to Ballina

$105 - $415

Bus  •  24 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Sydney Fe31
  2. Take the bus from Sydney to Ballina Gx243 / ...

$105 - $163

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

$142 - $287

Train, bus  •  27 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Albury
  2. Take the bus from Albury to Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave
  3. Take the bus from Canberra to Sydney
  4. Take the bus from Chatswood to Ballina

$144 - $222

Drive  •  17 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Ballina 987.4 miles

$140 - $210

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Ballina is to fly and bus which costs $120 - $440 and takes 5 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Ballina is to fly which costs $140 - $500 and takes 4 h 25 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Ballina. However, there are services departing from Melbourne and arriving at Ballina via Sydney. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 24 h 35 min.

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The distance between Melbourne and Ballina is 1275 km. The road distance is 1579.8 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Ballina without a car is to bus which takes 24 h 35 min and costs $140 - $230.

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It takes approximately 4 h 25 min to get from Melbourne to Ballina, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Ballina is to fly which takes 4 h 25 min and costs $140 - $500. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $140 - $230 and takes 24 h 35 min.

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Ballina Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h.

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Melbourne to Ballina bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Ballina station.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Ballina.
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  • Distance: 796.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 25 min

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

Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas fly from Melbourne to Ballina every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Melbourne to Ballina via Sydney in around 24 h 35 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Ballina
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Ballina via Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 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 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 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Coffs Harbour via Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Ballina via Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
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 Coffs Harbour via Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Ballina
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Ballina via Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h
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
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
Flights from Melbourne to Coffs Harbour
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$75 - $440
Flights from Melbourne to Coffs Harbour via Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $440
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 - $170
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $80
First
$85 - $110
Sleeper
$150 - $170
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 - $110
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$75 - $110
1st Class
$100 - $150
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 Albury
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
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
$25 - $35
Schedules at
byronbayshuttle.com.au
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Coffs Harbour to Ballina
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$17 - $25
Flexifare
$26 - $40
Bus from Sydney to Ballina
Ave. Duration
11 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$60 - $95
Flexifare
$80 - $110
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Coffs Harbour to Ballina
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Ballina
Ave. Duration
13 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Chatswood to Ballina
Ave. Duration
12 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $110
Schedules at
premierms.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
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
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 Albury to Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Murrays Coaches
Website
murrays.com.au
Bus from Canberra to Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $45
Schedules at
murrays.com.au

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Ballina is 1580 km. It takes approximately 17 h 4 min to drive from Melbourne to Ballina.

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Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Ballina Airport.

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There are 263+ hotels available in Ballina. Prices start at $76 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Melbourne Airport is to bus which takes 20 min and costs $18.

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