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There are 6 ways to get from Melbourne to Penola by train, bus, car or plane

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Train, bus V-Line  •  8h 41m

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Ballarat
  2. Take the bus from Ballarat to Tourist Information Centre/Jubilee Hwy East
  3. Take the bus from Mount Gambier to Penola

$43 - $62

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Train PTV Overland, bus  •  8h 52m

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Bordertown Overland
  2. Take the bus from Bordertown to Penola

$76 - $100

Bus  •  9h 8m

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Bordertown Fe80 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Bordertown to Penola

$50 - $74

Drive  •  4h 55m

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Penola 261.5 miles

$35 - $55

Fly Melbourne to Mount Gambier, bus  •  4h 54m

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Mount Gambier (MGB) MEL - MGB
  2. Take the bus from Mount Gambier to Penola

$159 - $331

Fly Melbourne Essendon Apt to Portland, bus  •  17h 47m

  1. Fly from Melbourne Essendon Apt (MEB) to Portland (PTJ) MEB - PTJ
  2. Take the bus from Henty Street Bus Interchange/Henty St to Tourist Information Centre/Jubilee Hwy East
  3. Take the bus from Mount Gambier to Penola

$76 - $297

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Penola is to drive which costs $50 - $80 and takes 4h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Penola is to fly and bus which costs $220 - $470 and takes 4h 54m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Penola. However, there are services departing from Melbourne and arriving at Penola via Bordertown. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 8m.

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The distance between Melbourne and Penola is 366 km. The road distance is 418.4 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Penola without a car is to train and bus which takes 8h 41m and costs $60 - $90.

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It takes approximately 8h 41m to get from Melbourne to Penola, including transfers.

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Melbourne to Penola bus services, operated by Firefly Express, depart from Melbourne 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 Penola bus services, operated by Premier Stateliner, arrive at Penola station.

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Penola is 30m behind Melbourne. It is currently 8:38 PM in Melbourne and 8:08 PM in Penola.

Map of how to get from Melbourne to Penola.
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  • Distance: 229 miles
  • Duration: 8h 41m

What companies run services between Melbourne, VIC, Australia and Penola, SA, Australia?

You can take a bus from Melbourne to Penola via Bordertown in around 9h 8m.

Airlines
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Mount Gambier
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $340
Sharp Aviation
Website
sharpairlines.com
Flights from Melbourne Essendon Apt to Portland via Warrnambool
Ave. Duration
15h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$26 - $230
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.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Train from Southern Cross to Ballarat
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
PTV Overland
Email
1800 800 007
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Bordertown
Ave. Duration
6h 14m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Website
Public Transport Victoria
Ready Rail
$57
Rail Saver
$65 - $70
Red Service
$67 - $72
Red Premium
$90 - $100
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
Bus from Ballarat to Tourist Information Centre/Jubilee Hwy East
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Sweetie's Bakery/North Tce
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Bus from Henty Street Bus Interchange/Henty St to Tourist Information Centre/Jubilee Hwy East
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Premier Stateliner
Phone
1300 851 345
Email
reservations@premierstateliner.com.au
Website
premierstateliner.com.au
Bus from Mount Gambier to Penola
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Schedules at
premierstateliner.com.au
Bus from Bordertown to Penola
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Schedules at
premierstateliner.com.au
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Bordertown
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Penola is 418 km. It takes approximately 4h 55m to drive from Melbourne to Penola.

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

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There are 19+ hotels available in Penola. Prices start at $85 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Melbourne Airport is to bus which takes 20m and costs $18.

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