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

Bus, train, ferry  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from North Brighton Station to Frankston
  2. Take the train from Frankston to Stony Point
  3. Take the ferry from Stony Point to Tankerton

$27 - $29

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 distance between Melbourne and French Island is 70 km.

The best way to get from Melbourne to French Island without a car is to train and ferry which takes 4 h and costs .

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

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There are 165+ hotels available in French Island. Prices start at $88 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to French Island.
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  • Distance: 43.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h

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 North Brighton, North Brighton Station, Frankston, Frankston, Stony Point, and Stony Point in around 5 h 11 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
$6
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
Skybus
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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