Getting to Ballarat from Melbourne

By car

Take the 110km journey along the Western Freeway. Ballarat is just an hour and 15 minute west of Melbourne.

By train

Direct from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station, board a Ballarat bound V/Line train and arrive in less than 90 minutes at the historic Ballarat Railway Station in the centre of town.  To access the latest timetable, go to

Bringing your bicycle on the train

Bicycles can be carried on V/Line trains, if there is space available. V/Line conductors will determine whether there is enough space for bicycles to be carried safely on each service. If there is not enough space on a service to carry a bike,  customers may have to catch the next train.

Customers with bicycles are strongly advised to travel at off-peak times and avoid weekday services arriving in Melbourne between 7am and 9:30am or departing Melbourne between 4pm and 7pm.

Via the airport

The road trip from Tullamarine or Avalon airports to Ballarat takes about one hour. Transport options direct from the airport include hiring a car or booking the Airport Shuttlebus from Tullamarine.