There are 3 ways to get from Melbourne to French Island by train, ferry, bus, car or car ferry

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

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Train, ferry  •  4 h

  1. Take the train from Flinders Street to Frankston
  2. Take the train from Frankston to Stony Point
  3. Take the ferry from Stony Point to Tankerton

$11 - $13

2 alternative options

Line 905 bus, bus, train, ferry  •  6 h 29 min

  1. Take the line 905 bus from Swanston St/Lonsdale St to The Pines SC/Reynolds Rd 905 / ...
  2. Take the bus from The Pines SC/Reynolds Rd to Frankston Station/Young St 901
  3. Take the train from Frankston to Stony Point
  4. Take the ferry from Stony Point to Tankerton

$14 - $16

Drive, car ferry  •  2 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Cowes
  2. Take the car ferry from Cowes, Phillip Island to Tankerton, French Island

$21 - $28

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to French Island is to train and ferry which costs $14 - $18 and takes 4 h.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to French Island is to drive and car ferry which costs $27 - $40 and takes 2 h 15 min.

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The distance between Melbourne and French Island is 70 km.

It takes approximately 4 h to get from Melbourne to French Island, including transfers.

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What companies run services between Melbourne, VIC, Australia and French Island, VIC, Australia?

There is no direct connection from Melbourne to French Island. However, you can take the train to Frankston, take the train to Stony Point, take the walk to Stony Point, then take the ferry to Tankerton. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Melbourne to French Island via The Pines SC/Reynolds Rd, Frankston Station/Young St, Frankston, Stony Point, and Stony Point in around 6 h 29 min.

Train operators
Metro
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Flinders Street to Frankston
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
2 hour ticket
$3
Daily
$7
Train from Frankston to Stony Point
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$0
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
2 hour ticket
$0
Daily
$0
Bus operators
Metropolitan buses
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus from Swanston St/Lonsdale St to The Pines SC/Reynolds Rd
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
2 hour ticket
$3
Daily
$7
Bus from The Pines SC/Reynolds Rd to Frankston Station/Young St
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$0
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
2 hour ticket
$0
Daily
$0
Ferry operators
Inter Island Ferries
Website
interislandferries.com.au
Ferry from Stony Point to Tankerton
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $10
Schedules at
interislandferries.com.au
Car ferry from Cowes, Phillip Island to Tankerton, French Island
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $10
Schedules at
interislandferries.com.au

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