There are 10 ways to get from Melbourne to Forbes by train, bus, car or plane

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Train, bus  •  8 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Cootamundra 622 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay to Forbes Coach Stop 791

$50 - $148

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Train, bus via Albury  •  10 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Albury
  2. Take the train from Albury to Cootamundra 622 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay to Forbes Coach Stop 791

$54 - $155

Bus  •  11 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Gundagai
  2. Take the bus from Gundagai Coach Stop, Sheridan St to Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay 724
  3. Take the bus from Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay to Forbes Coach Stop 791

$56 - $72

Drive  •  7 h 47 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Forbes 410.9 miles

$55 - $85

Fly Melbourne to Parkes  •  6 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Parkes (PKE) MEL - PKE

$139 - $375

Fly Melbourne Essendon Apt to Orange, bus  •  6 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne Essendon Apt (MEB) to Orange (OAG) MEB - OAG
  2. Take the bus from Lucknow Coach Stop, Mitchell Hwy to Forbes Coach Stop

$83 - $238

Fly Melbourne to Orange, bus  •  7 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Orange (OAG) MEL - OAG
  2. Take the bus from Lucknow Coach Stop, Mitchell Hwy to Forbes Coach Stop

$148 - $388

Fly Melbourne to Canberra, bus  •  10 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Canberra (CBR) MEL - CBR
  2. Take the bus from Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row to Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay
  3. Take the bus from Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay to Forbes Coach Stop

$99 - $321

Fly Melbourne Essendon Apt to Dubbo, bus  •  6 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne Essendon Apt (MEB) to Dubbo (DBO) MEB - DBO
  2. Take the bus from Dubbo Station, Bay 1 to Forbes Coach Stop

$63 - $184

Fly Melbourne to Albury, train, bus  •  9 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Albury (ABX) MEL - ABX
  2. Take the train from Albury to Cootamundra
  3. Take the bus from Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay to Forbes Coach Stop

$147 - $524

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Forbes. However, there are services departing from Melbourne and arriving at Forbes Coach Stop via Gundagai Coach Stop, Sheridan St and Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 24 min.

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The distance between Melbourne and Forbes is 564 km. The road distance is 657.4 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Forbes without a car is to train and bus which takes 8 h 54 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 8 h 54 min to get from Melbourne to Forbes, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Forbes is to bus which takes 11 h 24 min and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs and takes 6 h 11 min.

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There is no direct flight from Melbourne Airport to Parkes Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 5 min and has one stopover.

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Melbourne to Forbes bus services, operated by Transport NSW, arrive at Forbes Coach Stop station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Forbes is 657 km. It takes approximately 7 h 47 min to drive from Melbourne to Forbes.

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Virgin Australia, Qantas and Regional Express offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Parkes Airport.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Forbes.
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  • Distance: 352.7 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 54 min

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

You can take a bus from Melbourne to Forbes via Gundagai, Gundagai Coach Stop, Sheridan St, and Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay in around 11 h 24 min. Alternatively, Regional Express, Virgin Australia and three other airlines fly from Melbourne to Forbes hourly.

Airlines
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Parkes via Wagga Wagga, Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Parkes via Albury, Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Parkes via Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $380
Flights from Melbourne to Parkes via Canberra, Sydney
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $460
Flights from Melbourne to Orange via Wagga Wagga, Sydney
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,300
Flights from Melbourne to Orange via Albury, Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,300
Flights from Melbourne to Orange via Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $460
Flights from Melbourne to Albury
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $490
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $480
VivaColombia
Website
vivacolombia.co
Flights from Melbourne Essendon Apt to Orange
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$45 - $190
Flights from Melbourne to Orange via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday
Estimated price
$250 - $700
Flights from Melbourne Essendon Apt to Dubbo
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$30 - $140
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $400
Train operators
XPT
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Cootamundra
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $130
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$35 - $50
First
$50 - $70
Sleeper
$110 - $130
Train from Albury to Cootamundra
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $110
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$22 - $29
First
$30 - $40
Sleeper
$90 - $105
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 Albury
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus operators
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay to Forbes Coach Stop
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Bus from Gundagai Coach Stop, Sheridan St to Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Bus from Lucknow Coach Stop, Mitchell Hwy to Forbes Coach Stop
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Bus from Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row to Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Bus from Dubbo Station, Bay 1 to Forbes Coach Stop
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Gundagai
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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