Interstate travel

If you wish to travel interstate on public transport, you can do so from two major transport hubs within Melbourne, which each connect with metropolitan public transport services.

These hubs are:

  • Southern Cross Station Provides train and coach connections to New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia. Using connecting services from each of these states customers can then travel to Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
  • Station Pier (Port Melbourne) Provides ferry connection to Tasmania and is the international cruise-ship terminal

There are different transport options available to customers travelling interstate, with some services operating as a combination.

Passengers on regional train platform

Non-direct interstate journeys

Direct interstate journeys

Non-direct interstate journeys

Train and coach - V/Line

V/Line operates most regional train and coach services within Victoria.

You can use a myki for some journeys, but others need to be reserved and require a paper ticket.

You can reserve tickets for V/Line services by calling 1800 800 007.

Please note that these services are not direct and will often involve both train and coach services. Other journey combinations also exist. Please refer to the V/Line website or contact the PTV call centre.

Melbourne to/from Adelaide (via Bendigo and Nhill/Horsham)

Train from Southern Cross Station (Melbourne) to Bendigo (change) then, connecting coach service to Adelaide via Horsham or Nhill.

Return journey from Adelaide to Melbourne can also be booked.

Melbourne to/from Canberra (via Albury)

CanberraLink

Train from Melbourne to Albury via Seymour (change) then coach from Seymour to Canberra via Albury.

Return journey from Canberra to Melbourne can also be booked.

Melbourne to/from Canberra (via Bairnsdale)

Capital Link

Train from Southern Cross Station (Melbourne) to Bairnsdale (change) then coach from Bairnsdale to Canberra.

Return journey from Canberra to Melbourne can also be booked.

Mildura to/from Albury

Coach from Mildura to Swan Hill (change) then connecting train from Swan Hill to Kerang (change) then connecting coach to Albury.

Return journey from Mildura to Albury can also be booked.

More information:

Direct interstate journeys

Train

Melbourne to/from Adelaide

Great Southern Rail: The Overland

Train direct to/from Southern Cross Station (Melbourne) to Adelaide

From Adelaide customers can connect to services to Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Visit the Great Southern Rail website for more information or to reserve tickets.

Melbourne to/from Canberra

NSW TrainLink

  • Melbourne to Goulburn on the Sydney XPT train (change) then Goulburn to Canberra on the XPLORER train
  • Melbourne to Cootamundra on the Sydney XPT train (change) then coach to Canberra
  • Melbourne to Yass Junction on the Sydney XPT train (change) then coach to Canberra

Please note the XPT stops at four locations within regional Victoria: Broadmeadows, Seymour, Benalla and Wangaratta.

Visit the NSW TrainLink website for more information or to reserve tickets.

Melbourne to/from Sydney

NSW TrainLink: Sydney to Melbourne XPT

Train from Southern Cross Station (Melbourne) direct to Central Station (Sydney).

Please note the XPT stops at four locations within regional Victoria: Broadmeadows, Seymour, Benalla and Wangaratta.

From Sydney customers can connect to services to Queensland.

Visit the NSW TrainLink website for more information or to reserve tickets.

Coach 

There are also coach-only services that operate between states, in addition to the V/Line services above. Some of these also connect with interstate train services.

National

Greyhound operates coach services throughout Australia, with services departing from Melbourne and other regional Victorian locations.

Visit the Greyhound website for more information or to reserve tickets.

Victoria, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales

Firefly Express operates coach services between Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.

Visit the Firefly Express website for more information or to reserve tickets.

Ferry 

Spirit of Tasmania operates ferry services to Tasmania. The ferry service carries both passengers and vehicles.

Visit the Spirit of Tasmania website for more information or to reserve tickets.