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

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Bus  •  6h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Dimboola Fe80 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Car Park Rear Toilet Block/Lloyd St to Chemist/Federal St Horsham - Hopetoun Via Dimboola & Rainbow

$23 - $46

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Train, bus via Ararat  •  6h 58m

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Ararat
  2. Take the bus from Ararat to Car Park Rear Toilet Block/Lloyd St
  3. Take the bus from Car Park Rear Toilet Block/Lloyd St to Chemist/Federal St

$22 - $99

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Train, bus  •  7h 49m

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Horsham Melbourne - Nhill Via North Shore & Ararat / ...
  2. Take the bus from Coach Terminal/24 Roberts Ave to Chemist/Federal St Horsham - Hopetoun Via Dimboola & Rainbow

$25 - $63

Drive  •  4h 33m

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Rainbow 251.8 miles

$35 - $55

Fly, bus  •  6h 34m

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Mildura (MQL) MEL - MQL
  2. Take the bus from Post Office/Indi Ave to near Fire Station/Henty Hwy

$190 - $347

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Rainbow is to bus which costs $30 - $65 and takes 6h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Rainbow is to drive which costs $50 - $75 and takes 4h 33m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Rainbow. However, there are services departing from Melbourne and arriving at Chemist/Federal St via Car Park Rear Toilet Block/Lloyd St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 55m.

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The distance between Melbourne and Rainbow is 339 km. The road distance is 402.9 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Rainbow without a car is to bus which takes 6h 55m and costs $30 - $65.

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It takes approximately 6h 55m to get from Melbourne to Rainbow, including transfers.

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Melbourne to Rainbow bus services, operated by Firefly Express, depart from Melbourne station.

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Mildura Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Melbourne to Rainbow bus services, operated by PTV Regional Transit, arrive at Chemist/Federal St station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Rainbow is 403 km. It takes approximately 4h 33m to drive from Melbourne to Rainbow.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Rainbow.
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  • Distance: 212 miles
  • Duration: 6h 55m

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

You can take a bus from Melbourne to Rainbow via Dimboola and Car Park Rear Toilet Block/Lloyd St in around 6h 55m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Mildura
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $380
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Mildura
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $320
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Mildura
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $370
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 Ararat
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Train from Southern Cross to Horsham
Ave. Duration
4h 24m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
PTV Overland
Email
1800 800 007
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Ararat
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
Public Transport Victoria
Ready Rail
$57
Rail Saver
$45 - $49
Red Service
$32 - $35
Red Premium
$45 - $49
Train from Southern Cross to Horsham
Ave. Duration
4h 24m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$50 - $60
Website
Public Transport Victoria
Ready Rail
$57
Rail Saver
$55 - $59
Red Service
$50 - $54
Red Premium
$68 - $74
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Dimboola
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Ararat station to Dimboola
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
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 Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Car Park Rear Toilet Block/Lloyd St
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Bus from Ararat to Car Park Rear Toilet Block/Lloyd St
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
PTV Regional Transit
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus from Car Park Rear Toilet Block/Lloyd St to Chemist/Federal St
Ave. Duration
50m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Website
Public Transport Victoria
Bus from Coach Terminal/24 Roberts Ave to Chemist/Federal St
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Website
Public Transport Victoria
Bus from Post Office/Indi Ave to near Fire Station/Henty Hwy
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
Public Transport Victoria

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Virgin Australia, Regional Express and Qantas offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Mildura Airport.

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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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