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There are 4 ways to get from Melbourne to Hamilton by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Ballarat
  2. Take the bus from Ballarat to Hamilton Station/Station St

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Train, bus

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Ballarat
  2. Take the bus from Ballarat to Hamilton Station/Station St

Drive

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Hamilton

Fly, bus

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Mount Gambier (MGB)
  2. Take the bus from Tourist Information Centre/Jubilee Hwy East to Hamilton Station/Station St
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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Hamilton is to train and bus which costs $35 - $50 and takes 4h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Hamilton is to drive which costs $50 - $80 and takes 3h 26m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Hamilton station. However, there are services departing from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St and arriving at Hamilton Station/Station St via Ballarat. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 43m.

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The distance between Melbourne and Hamilton is 258 km. The road distance is 292.5 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Hamilton without a car is to bus which takes 4h 43m and costs $30 - $95.

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It takes approximately 4h 43m to get from Melbourne to Hamilton, including transfers.

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Melbourne to Hamilton bus services, operated by V/Line, depart from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St station.

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Mount Gambier Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Melbourne to Hamilton bus services, operated by V/Line, arrive at Hamilton Station/Station St.

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Hamilton is 292 km. It takes approximately 3h 26m to drive from Melbourne to Hamilton.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Hamilton.
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  • Distance: 258.4 km
  • Duration: 4h 43m

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

You can take a bus from Melbourne to Hamilton via Ballarat in around 4h 43m.

Airlines
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Mount Gambier
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $360
Train operators
V/Line

V/Line provides passenger rail and coach services to regional destinations across Victoria, Australia. Services go to/from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne. 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 coach travel and long-distance train services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have tray tables and larger reclining seats with more leg room.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Train from Southern Cross to Ballarat
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Off Peak
$15 - $21
Bus operators
V/Line

V/Line provides passenger rail and coach services to regional destinations across Victoria, Australia. Services go to/from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne. 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 coach travel and long-distance train services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have tray tables and larger reclining seats with more leg room.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Ballarat
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Off Peak
$13 - $19
Bus from Ballarat to Hamilton Station/Station St
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Off Peak
$19 - $27
Bus from Tourist Information Centre/Jubilee Hwy East to Hamilton Station/Station St
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Off Peak
$14 - $20
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Ballarat
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$58 - $64
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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Regional Express offers flights from Melbourne Airport to Mount Gambier Airport.

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There are nine+ hotels available in Hamilton. Prices start at $150 AUD per night.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Melbourne Airport is to bus which takes 30 min and costs $18.

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