Melbourne Train Services

Melbourne Train Services are a popular form of transport, due to its speed, cost and scenic routes. There are 2 main rail services direct to Melbourne, one from Adelaide and the other from Sydney.

Great Southern Rail

The Overland from Adelaide to Melbourne provides the ideal Melbourne train service from Adelaide. This daytime service of ten and a half hours runs in both directions. You’ll enjoy a relaxing, comfortable journey between these two great cities, taking in a diverse range of landscapes. This includes rugged mallee scrubland, and fields of green and gold. Passengers also have the opportunity to disembark from the train. In this way passengers can explore the many regions and towns the train passes through. Passengers then simply re-join the train on another scheduled service that suits their holiday timetable.

This train also offers a Motorail Service – your car is carried on the train too! Great Southern Rail offers you the opportunity to travel by train to Melbourne in comfort, and to know your vehicle is there too at the end of the journey.

NSW TrainLink

The XPT (Express Passenger Train to Melbourne) between Sydney and Melbourne provide a two class service, First and Economy. Melbourne Train Services depart twice daily, once in the morning and once at night. They arrive at their destination just under eleven and a half hours later. Relax and enjoy the scenery as it changes. From Sydney, south through the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, down to crossing the Murray River on the Victoria border, and across the beautiful State down to your destination of vibrant Melbourne. The XPT train to Melbourne offers a full buffet of hot and cold main meals and refreshments.

Other Train Connections

XPT Services also operate between Sydney and Brisbane.

A well-know train in Australia is the Indian Pacific. This train crosses the huge continent between Perth (on the Indian Ocean), and Sydney (on the Pacific Ocean). Connections from Melbourne can  be made at Broken Hill in New South Wales, or in Adelaide, the stater capital of South Australia.

Another well-known train is The Ghan. This train runs between Adelaide and Darwin, in the far north of the country in The Northern Territory. Melbourne Train Services are definitely an option when considering travelling to Melbourne, from Melbourne, or beyond the city.

Train Stations

Southern Cross Railway Station is the most important rail terminal in Victoria and has been redeveloped into a world-class public transport interchange. This is where your final stop is on any train to Melbourne. There are fast rail connections to regional Victorian centres and new facilities for rail, taxi and bus passengers.

Located on Spencer Street, between Collins and La Trobe Streets at the western boundary of the central business district, Southern Cross Station is the hub of the state’s regional railway network, serving as a terminus for long-distance Victoria intrastate (V/Line) trains. It also serves the twice-daily Countrylink XPT service to Sydney, and The Overland to Adelaide three times per week. It also has a bus station with a 24-hour Skybus service to Melbourne airport.

Southern Cross is one of five stations forming the City Loop, a part of the Metro rail network that services the CBD, and includes Flinders Street Station. The network spreads out across the suburbs. Passengers are required to use a Myki Card for payment for all travel on Melbourne trains, buses and trams.

Catching the train to Melbourne from Sydney, Adelaide, or other cities by train is a relaxing and enjoyable way to arrive. Southern Cross Station is the destination, and is a major transport hub for getting you through, around or beyond the city to wherever in Melbourne you need to go, whether by Metro train, tram, bus or taxi.

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