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Train day trips from Melbourne

Day trip by train to Geelong

You can travel from Melbourne to Geelong and return by train easily in a day. Catch a Geelong, South Geelong, Marshall, Waurn Ponds or Warrnambool train from Melbourne Southern Cross station for the 1 hour journey to Geelong. Get off at Geelong station for downtown shopping or the waterfront, or at South Geelong station for Kardinia Park football matches. Trains run every hour.

Day trip by train to Ballarat

You can travel from Melbourne to Ballarat and return by train easily in a day. Catch a Ballarat, Wendouree, Ararat or Maryborough train from Melbourne Southern Cross station for the 85 minute journey to Ballarat. Get off at Ballarat station for historic downtown Ballarat city centre, or at Wendouree station for the Ballarat Botanic Gardens. Trains run every hour. There is a connecting bus from Ballarat station to the Sovereign Hill historic gold rush theme park.

Around the Bay in a Day

For a day trip with a difference if you don't mind spending time on the move, take a trip around Port Phillip Bay by train, bus and ferry. Catch an early morning Frankston bound Metro train from any downtown Melbourne station for the 1 hour trip down the east coast of Port Phillip Bay to Frankston. At Frankston change to a connecting Portsea route 788 bus for the 90 minute trip along the Southern Mornington Peninsula shoreline to Sorrento. Get off at Sorrento, walk down to the ferry terminal and catch the Peninsula Searoad Ferry across the heads of Port Phillip Bay to the elegant town of Queenscliff. Ferries depart hourly for a 40 minute trip. From Queenscliff catch a McHarry's bus lines bus to Geelong. Buses depart every 1 or 2 hours for a 1 hour journey to Geelong. Then from the elegant Geelong station, catch a Vline train back to Melbourne. Trains depart hourly or more frequently and the journey back to Melbourne Southern Cross station takes about 1 hour.

Saturday Timetable as at August 2014
Metro Frankston Train
08:58 dep Melbourne Flinders Street station
10:02 arr Frankston station
Portsea Bus no 788
10:09 dep Frankston station
11:42 arrSorrento
Peninsula Searoad Ferry
12:00depSorrento pier
12:40 arrQueenscliff pier
McHarry's Geelong Bus
15:17 depQueenscliff
16:22 arrGeelong station
Vline Train
16:31 depGeelong station
17:34 arrMelbourne Southern Cross station


Timetables vary by day of the week and other options are available so check details.

Train and Ferry to Phillip Island

Journey to Phillip Island by train and ferry and back in a day. Catch a Metro electric train to Frankston from any downtown Melbourne station. Trains run frequently and take about an hour to get to Frankston. At Frankston, change to a Stony Point train for the 35 minute journey across Mornington Peninsula to Stony Point. At Stony Point, talk the short walk out to the pier to catch the Interisland Ferries service that takes 45 minutes to reach Cowes on Phillip Island (via French Island). You can return via the same route later in the day.

Saturday Timetable as at August 2014
Metro Frankston Train
09:18 dep Melbourne Flinders Street station
10:22 arr Frankston station
Metro Stony Point Train
10:26 dep Frankston station
11:02 arr Stony Point station
Inter-Island Ferry
12:00 dep Stony Point pier
12:45 arr Cowes Pier
Return Saturday timetable
Inter-Island Ferry
17:30 dep Cowes Pier
18:15 arr Stony Point pier
Metro Stony Point to Frankston Train
18:30 dep Stony Point station
19:06 arr Frankston station
Metro Frankston to Melbourne Train
19:09 dep Frankston station
20:20 arr Melbourne Flinders Street station
Timetables vary by day of the week so check details.

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Day trip by train to Bendigo

You can travel from Melbourne to Bendigo and return by train easily in a day. Catch a Bendigo, Eaglehawk, Swan Hill, Epsom or Echuca train from Melbourne Southern Cross station for the 110 minute journey to Bendigo. Trains run every hour. Get off at Bendigo station for shopping and tourist attractions. Take a short walk to Charing Cross for a guided 'talking tram' journey through the elegant heart of historic goldrush Bendigo.

Day trip by train to Traralgon

You can travel from Melbourne to Traralgon and the Latrobe Valley and return by train easily in a day. Catch any Traralgon, Sale or Bairnsdale train from Melbourne Southern Cross or Melbourne Flinders Street station for the scenic 2 and a half hour journey to Traralgon. Trains run approximately every hour. You can get off the train at conveniently located downtown railway stations at any of the major towns of Warragul, Moe, Morwell or Traralgon and spend the day shopping or sightseeing before returning to Melbourne later in the day.

Day trip by train to Seymour or Shepparton

You can travel from Melbourne to Seymour or Shepparton and return by train easily in a day. Catch any Seymour, Albury or Shepparton train to visit Seymour, or any Shepparton train to visit Shepparton. Trains to Seymour run approximately hourly, but there are only two or three trains each day to Shepparton. Trains take about 80 minutes to reach Seymour and about 150 minutes to Shepparton. Stations are centrally located in downtown shopping centres in both destinations.

Steam Train day-trip to Maldon

On Wednesdays or Sundays make a day trip by Vline train and historic steam train to the National Trust classified town of Maldon in Victoria's historic goldfields. Catch a morning Bendigo train from Melbourne Southern Cross station to Castlemaine, then change trains at Castlemaine to the Victorian Goldfields Railway steam train from Castlemaine to Maldon. Spend two hours exploring Maldon before returning to Melbourne via the same route.

Sunday Timetable as at August 2014
Vline Train
09:36 dep Melbourne Southern Cross station
11:09 arrCastlemaine station
VGR Steam Train
11:45 depCastlemaine station
12:30 arrMaldon station
Return Sunday timetable
VGR Steam Train
14:30 depMaldon station
15:15 arrCastlemaine station
Vline Train
15:58 depCastlemaine station
17:21 arrMelbourne Southern Cross station