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There are 7 ways to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Ballarat by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Melbourne, train  •  4 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Melbourne (MEL) SYD - MEL
  2. Take the train from Southern Cross to Ballarat

$60 - $239

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Fly to Avalon, train  •  5 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Avalon (AVV) SYD - AVV
  2. Take the train from Southern Cross to Ballarat

$57 - $232

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Fly to Melbourne Essendon Apt, train  •  8 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Melbourne Essendon Apt (MEB) SYD - MEB
  2. Take the train from Southern Cross to Ballarat

$60 - $219

Train  •  14 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Southern Cross 623 / ...
  2. Take the train from Southern Cross to Ballarat Ballarat - Melbourne Via Melton / ...

$78 - $192

Bus  •  14 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Sydney Airport, International Terminal to Melbourne Gx233
  2. Take the bus from Melbourne to Ballarat Fe80

$105 - $165

Bus, train  •  15 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Melbourne Fe21
  2. Take the train from Southern Cross to Ballarat Ballarat - Melbourne Via Melton / ...

$58 - $77

Drive  •  9 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Ballarat 595.4 miles

$85 - $130

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The cheapest way to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Ballarat is to bus and train which costs $80 - $110 and takes 15 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Ballarat is to fly and train which costs $85 - $340 and takes 4 h 6 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Ballarat. However, there are services departing from Sydney Airport, International Terminal and arriving at Ballarat via Melbourne. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Sydney Airport (SYD) station to Ballarat. However, there are services departing from International Airport Station and arriving at Ballarat via Central Station and Southern Cross. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h 3 min.

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The distance between Sydney Airport (SYD) and Ballarat is 774 km. The road distance is 952.6 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Ballarat without a car is to train which takes 14 h 3 min and costs $110 - $280.

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It takes approximately 4 h 6 min to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Ballarat, including transfers.

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Sydney Airport (SYD) to Ballarat bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Sydney Airport, International Terminal station.

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Sydney Airport (SYD) to Ballarat train services, operated by XPT, arrive at Central Station.

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The best way to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Ballarat is to train which takes 14 h 3 min and costs $110 - $280. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $140 - $240 and takes 14 h 50 min.

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Map of how to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Ballarat.
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  • Distance: 483.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 6 min

What companies run services between Sydney Airport (SYD), Australia and Ballarat, VIC, Australia?

You can take a train from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Ballarat via Central Station and Southern Cross in around 14 h 3 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Ballarat via Melbourne in around 14 h 50 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $300
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $370
Flights from Sydney to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $300
VivaColombia
Website
vivacolombia.co
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne Essendon Apt via Dubbo
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$45 - $210
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne Essendon Apt via Brisbane, Dubbo
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $500
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne Essendon Apt via Brisbane, Wollongong
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
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
XPT
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Central Station to Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
10 h 48 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $170
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $80
First
$80 - $110
Sleeper
$140 - $170
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Sydney Airport, International Terminal to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
12 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$70 - $110
Flexifare
$90 - $130
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Ballarat
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Melbourne Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 35 min.

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Sydney Airport (SYD) to Ballarat bus services, operated by Firefly Express, arrive at Ballarat station.

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Sydney Airport (SYD) to Ballarat train services, operated by V-Line, arrive at Ballarat station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sydney Airport (SYD) to Ballarat is 953 km. It takes approximately 9 h 44 min to drive from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Ballarat.

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Jetstar, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Sydney Airport to Melbourne Airport.

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There are 111+ hotels available in Ballarat. Prices start at $73 USD per night.

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