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

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Train, bus via Ballarat  •  7 h 3 min

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

$24 - $34

5 alternative options

Train, bus  •  7 h 49 min

  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

$27 - $66

Bus V-Line  •  7 h 55 min

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

$28 - $38

Bus Firefly Express  •  8 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Dimboola Fe70
  2. Take the bus from Car Park Rear Toilet Block/Lloyd St to Chemist/Federal St Horsham - Hopetoun Via Dimboola & Rainbow

$38 - $47

Drive  •  4 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Rainbow 251.8 miles

$35 - $55

Fly, bus  •  6 h 34 min

  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

$200 - $352

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Rainbow is to train and bus which costs $30 - $50 and takes 7 h 3 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Rainbow is to drive which costs $45 - $75 and takes 4 h 33 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Rainbow. However, there are services departing from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St and arriving at Chemist/Federal St via Coach Terminal/24 Roberts Ave. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 55 min.

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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 train and bus which takes 7 h 3 min and costs $30 - $50.

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It takes approximately 7 h 3 min to get from Melbourne to Rainbow, including transfers.

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Melbourne to Rainbow 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 Mildura Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Rainbow.
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  • Distance: 212 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 3 min

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

You can take a bus from Melbourne to Rainbow via Coach Terminal/24 Roberts Ave in around 7 h 55 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Mildura
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $380
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Mildura
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $320
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Mildura
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
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 Ballarat
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Horsham
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
PTV Overland
Email
1800 800 007
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Horsham
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Ready Rail
$58
Rail Saver
$57 - $61
Red Service
$51 - $55
Red Premium
$70 - $76
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 Car Park Rear Toilet Block/Lloyd St
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Coach Terminal/24 Roberts Ave
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
PTV Regional Transit
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus from Car Park Rear Toilet Block/Lloyd St to Chemist/Federal St
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus from Coach Terminal/24 Roberts Ave to Chemist/Federal St
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus from Post Office/Indi Ave to near Fire Station/Henty Hwy
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Dimboola
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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