Journeys from Canberra

Canberra to Eden

Countrylink operate a daily bus from Canberra to Eden, departing Canberra Civic then Canberra Railway station every afternoon, travelling via Cooma to arrive in Eden in the evening.
Canberra to Cooma, Eden and Bombala

Canberra to Melbourne

Whilst you can travel all the way from Canberra to Melbourne by train (via Goulburn), the most direct routes are co-ordinated bus/train connecting services operated by Countrylink and V/Line. Countrylink offer a daily daytime journey by bus from Canberra to Cootamundra - picking up at Canberra Railway Station and at Canberra Jolimont bus terminal, then travelling to Cootamundra. The bus leaves in the mid morning every day of the year. In the early afternoon, you arrive at Cootamundra railway station, and board the Melbourne XPT train service for the afternoon journey to Melbourne Southern Cross station where you arrive in the early evening. This is a connecting service so you donít need to worry if the bus is running late, and you can book one ticket for the full Canberra to Melbourne journey.
Queanbeyan to Cootamundra
Melbourne - Albury - Griffith - Sydney
Countrylink offer a daily daytime journey by bus from Canberra to Yass Junction - picking up at Canberra Railway Station and at Canberra Jolimont bus terminal, then travelling to Yass Junction. The bus leaves in the mid morning every day of the year. In the early afternoon, you arrive at Yass Junction railway station, and board the Melbourne XPT train service for the afternoon journey to Melbourne Southern Cross station where you arrive in the early evening. This is a connecting service so you donít need to worry if the bus is running late, and you can book one ticket for the full Canberra to Melbourne journey. For some reason unknown to logic, Countrylink prefer that you stay on the bus all the way to Cootamundra before changing to the train. To book the Yass Junction connection you will have to call Countrylinks call centre and insist on the connection via Yass Junction.
Queanbeyan to Cootamundra
Melbourne - Albury - Griffith - Sydney
You can also travel with V/Line who offer a daily bus service from Canberra Jolimont bus station to Albury. At Albury station you change to a V/Line passenger train for the remainder of the journey to Melbourne Southern Cross station. This service runs during the daytime, but departs at different times of the day depending on the day of the week.
Seymour to Albury
Albury to Melbourne line
Twice each week, you can travel with V/Line by bus from Canberra Jolimont via Cooma and Orbost to Bairnsdale in Eastern Victoria, and then change to a V/Line passenger train from Bairnsdale for the remainder of the journey to Melbourne. This is a longer journey than the two alternatives above, but is does offer a scenic alternative journey through some of Australias more mountainous Snowy River country.
Capital Link
Gippsland line
You can travel from Canberra to Melbourne all the way by train - but itís a bit longer than the co-ordinated bus/train services. On Mondays to Saturdays, you can catch the Countrylink Canberra Xplorer train from Canberra station to Goulburn. This departs earliy in the morning and takes a little over an hour and a half to reach Goulburn. After a one and a half to two hour wait you then catch the Sydney to Melbourne XPT train for the journey to Melbourne. You then travel through the day to arrive in Melbourne late that evening. You can also do this trip by travelling overnight - departing Canberra at 5pm on Tue, Thu, Sat or Sunday and having about a 5 hour layover in Goulburn before travelling overnight to arrive in Melbourne early the next morning.
Canberra Xplorer
Melbourne - Albury - Griffith - Sydney

Canberra to Sydney

Countrylink operates two or three trains each day from Canberra station to Sydney Central station. These trains, called the Canberra Xplorer take a little over four hours to complete the journey. A morning train departs Canberra at 6:43am and arrives in Sydney at 11:02am. A second train departs Canberra around midday. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays a third train departs Canberra in the late afternoon and arrives in Sydney at 9:23pm. These trains all have on-board catering and first and economy class seats.
Canberra Xplorer