There are 4 ways to get from Melbourne to Castlemaine by train, bus, night bus or car

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Train  •  1 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Castlemaine Bendigo - Melbourne Via Sunbury / ...

$8 - $12

3 alternative options

Bus  •  2 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne Airport to Castlemaine

$34 - $48

Night bus  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Take the night bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Castlemaine Bendigo - Melbourne Via Sunbury / ...

$10 - $14

Drive  •  1 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Castlemaine 75.4 miles

$10 - $16

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Castlemaine is to train which costs $11 - $16 and takes 1 h 26 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Castlemaine is to drive which costs $14 - $22 and takes 1 h 23 min.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St and arriving at Castlemaine. This bus operates Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 2 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Southern Cross and arriving at Castlemaine. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 26 min.

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The distance between Melbourne and Castlemaine is 106 km. The road distance is 120.6 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Castlemaine without a car is to train which takes 1 h 26 min and costs $11 - $16.

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The train from Southern Cross to Castlemaine takes 1 h 26 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Melbourne to Castlemaine bus services, operated by Bendigo Airport Service, depart from Melbourne Airport station.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Castlemaine.
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  • Distance: 66.2 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 26 min

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

V-Line operates a train from Melbourne to Castlemaine hourly. Tickets cost $8 - $12 and the journey takes 1 h 26 min. Alternatively, Bendigo Airport Service operates a bus from Melbourne to Castlemaine every 4 hours. Tickets cost $21 - $35 and the journey takes 1 h 35 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.

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Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Train from Southern Cross to Castlemaine
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus 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
Night bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Castlemaine
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au

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