There are 5 ways to get from Melbourne to Penola by plane, taxi, bus, train or car

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

Recommended option

Fly, taxi  •  3 h

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

$194 - $369

Cheapest option

Bus V-Line  •  8 h 57 min

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

$46 - $68

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  9 h 5 min

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

$81 - $111

Bus Firefly Express  •  11 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Horsham
  2. Take the bus from Coach Terminal/24 Roberts Ave to McRae St/Robertson St
  3. Take the bus from Naracoorte to Penola

$52 - $67

Drive  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Penola 261.5 miles

$35 - $55

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

You can take a bus from Melbourne to Penola via Ballarat, Tourist Information Centre/Jubilee Hwy East, and Mount Gambier in around 8 h 57 min.

Airlines
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Mount Gambier
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $340
Train operators
PTV Overland
Email
1800 800 007
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Bordertown
Ave. Duration
6 h 14 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$60 - $80
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Ready Rail
$60
Rail Saver
$70 - $75
Red Service
$71 - $77
Red Premium
$95 - $105
Bus operators
V-Line
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Ballarat
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus from Ballarat to Tourist Information Centre/Jubilee Hwy East
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Premier Stateliner
Website
premierstateliner.com.au
Bus from Mount Gambier to Penola
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $26
Schedules at
premierstateliner.com.au
Bus from Bordertown to Penola
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Schedules at
premierstateliner.com.au
Bus from Naracoorte to Penola
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
premierstateliner.com.au
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Horsham
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
PTV Regional Transit
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus from Coach Terminal/24 Roberts Ave to McRae St/Robertson St
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Other operators
Taxi from Mount Gambier to Penola
Ave. Duration
30 min
Estimated price
$70 - $85

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Melbourne and Penola is 366 km. The road distance is 418 km.

The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Penola is to drive which costs $45 - $75 and takes 4 h 55 min.

The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Penola is to fly and taxi which takes 3 h and costs $250 - $490.

No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Penola. However, there are services departing from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St and arriving at Penola via Ballarat and Mount Gambier. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 57 min.

It takes approximately 3 h to get from Melbourne to Penola, including transfers.