There are 7 ways to get from Sydney to Ararat by plane, train, bus, night bus or car

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Fly Sydney to Melbourne, train  •  6 h 43 min

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

$89 - $316

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Bus, night bus  •  16 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Melbourne
  2. Take the night bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Ballarat
  3. Take the bus from Ballarat to Ararat

$54 - $73

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Fly Sydney to Avalon, train  •  7 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Avalon (AVV) SYD - AVV
  2. Take the train from North Shore to Ararat

$66 - $297

Train to Newcastle, fly to Melbourne, train  •  10 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Newcastle Interchange
  2. Fly from Newcastle (NTL) to Melbourne (MEL) NTL - MEL
  3. Take the train from Southern Cross to Ararat

$95 - $370

Train  •  14 h 11 min

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

$74 - $229

Bus, train  •  17 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Central Station to Melbourne Gx233
  2. Take the train from Southern Cross to Ararat Ararat - Melbourne Via Ballarat / ...

$88 - $193

Drive  •  10 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Sydney to Ararat 656.9 miles

$90 - $140

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The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Ararat is to bus and night bus which costs $70 - $100 and takes 16 h 46 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Ararat is to fly and train which costs $120 - $440 and takes 6 h 43 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sydney to Ararat. However, there are services departing from Sydney and arriving at Ararat via Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St and Ballarat. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 46 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Sydney station to Ararat. However, there are services departing from Central Station and arriving at Ararat via Southern Cross. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h 11 min.

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The distance between Sydney and Ararat is 839 km. The road distance is 1051 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Ararat without a car is to train which takes 14 h 11 min and costs $100 - $320.

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It takes approximately 6 h 43 min to get from Sydney to Ararat, including transfers.

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Sydney to Ararat bus services, operated by Firefly Express, depart from Sydney station.

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Sydney to Ararat train services, operated by XPT, arrive at Central Station.

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Melbourne Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 30 min.

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Sydney to Ararat bus services, operated by V-Line, arrive at Ararat station.

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Sydney to Ararat train services, operated by V-Line, arrive at Ararat station.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Ararat.
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  • Distance: 524.4 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 43 min

What companies run services between Sydney, NSW, Australia and Ararat, VIC, Australia?

You can take a train from Sydney to Ararat via Southern Cross in around 14 h 11 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 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
Flights from Newcastle to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $390
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Flights from Newcastle to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $470
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 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
Flights from Newcastle to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $390
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $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
2 h 23 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from North Shore to Ararat
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
PTV Overland
Email
1800 800 007
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Ararat
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Ready Rail
$58
Rail Saver
$46 - $50
Red Service
$33 - $36
Red Premium
$46 - $50
Train from North Shore to Ararat
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Ready Rail
$58
Rail Saver
$45 - $48
Red Service
$30 - $33
Red Premium
$42 - $46
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Newcastle Interchange
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$15 - $23
1st Class
$21 - $35
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
$85 - $110
Sleeper
$150 - $170
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $55
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
Night bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Ballarat
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus from Ballarat to Ararat
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
PTV Regional Transit
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus from Ballarat to Ararat
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
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 Central Station to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
12 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$75 - $110
Flexifare
$95 - $130

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