The city of Melbourne is the hub of the state of Victoria, with all forms of transport radiating out from it.
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Only two interstate capital cites are linked to Melbourne by rail - Sydney by an XPT service via Albury-Wodonga, and Adelaide via The Overland. The Overland is now operated by private company Great Southern Railway, the train completes three return trips a week, travelling mostly during daylight. The train operates between the Melbourne terminal of Southern Cross Station, and Keswick Rail Terminal in Adelaide, and covers 828 kilometres between capitals in 10 hours 40 minutes. The service offers on board buffet meals and first and economy class seats and a lounge car.
The Melbourne - Sydney XPT, based on the British 125 High Speed train, operates a twice daily service between the cities, one during the day and the other overnight. The service offers on board buffet meals and first and economy class seats with first class bunk sleeping births on the overnight runs. The train operates between the Melbourne terminal of Southern Cross Station, and Central Station, Sydney, with a running tome of 10 hours 40 minutes.
V/Line rail services operate daily between Melbourne and East Gippsland, terminating at Bairnsdale (3 hours 35 minutes); Melbourne and Albury (3 hours 34 minutes); Melbourne and Shepparton (2 hours 18 minutes); Melbourne and Echuca via Bendigo (3 hours 20 minutes); Melbourne and Swan Hill via Bendigo (4 hours 8 minutes); Melbourne to Ararat via Bendigo (2 hours 10 minutes); Melbourne to Warrnambool via Geelong (3 hours 14 minutes).
The Spirit of Tasmania Car and Passenger Ferry operates daily from Station Pier, Melbourne to Devonport in Tasmania, running overnight, with additional trips in daylight hours during peak travel periods (mainly Summer); duration approx. 12 hours.
There are two ferries operating, with one with travelling in one direction as the other travels in the opposite direction.
Most domestic and international air traffic into Victoria is through Tullamarine International Airport on Melbourne's northern outskirts. Avalon Airport near the city of Geelong to the south of Melbourne handles a limited amount of interstate flights, particularly those of JestStar from Sydney. Flights to Victoria's regional centres and the islands of Bass Strait depart from either Tullamarine Airport or Moorabbin Airport in Melbourne's south-east. Daily direct flights to and from all other Australian capital cities operate out of Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport. The main routes followed are:
Melbourne to Sydney: 1 hour 30 minutes
Melbourne to Darwin: 4 hours 40 minutes
Melbourne to Hobart: 1 hr. 15 minutes
Melbourne to Adelaide: 1 hr. 20 minutes
Melbourne to Perth: 4 hours 10 minutes
Melbourne to Gold Coast: 2 hours 5 minutes
Melbourne to Sunshine Coast: 2 hours 15 minutes
Melbourne to Alice Springs: 2 hours 55 minutes
Numerous operators provide coach services between Melbourne and Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide. Services to other cities and towns across Australia are by connections to one of those destinations. The main routes followed are:
Melbourne to Sydney (12 hours min.) via Canberra (8 hours min.)
Melbourne to Sydney (19 hours 10 minutes) via Sale (5 hours) and Bega (9 hours 50 minutes)
Melbourne to Brisbane (22 hours 30 minutes min.) via Ballarat, Dubbo and Moree
Melbourne to Adelaide via Stawall and Ballarat (9 hours 45 minutes)
Melbourne to Adelaide via Gt Ocean Road and Grampians.
Road (private motor vehicle)
Victoria's towns and cities are linked to each other, and to towns and cities in other states by a network of well signposted, well maintained sealed highways and major roads which allow for easy travel between localities. The capital cities are linked by highways that, in the main, bypass the smaller towns on the way, making the journey relatively uninterrupted. There are few parts of the state of interest to visitors that can't be reached in motoring comfort, although lesser roads, whilst sealed, do tend to be narrow. The major routes through regional Victoria are:
Sydney via Morwell, Sales, Bairnsdale, Bega, Batemans Bay, Wollongong (Princes Highway)
Sydney via Wangaratta, Albury, Yass (Hume Highway)
Sydney via Wangaratta, Albury, Wagga Wagga, Cootamundra, Young, Bathurst (Gt Western, Mid Western, Olympic, Hume Highways)
Canberra via Morwell, Sale, Bairnsdale, Orbost, Bombala, Cooma (Princes, Cann Valley, Monaro Highways)
Canberra via Wangaratta, Albury, Gundagai, Yass (Barton and Hume Highways)
Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road (Geelong, Apollo Bay, Warrnambool, Heywood, Mt. Gambier, Kingston SE, Meningie)
Adelaide via Ballarat, Ararat, Horsham, Bordertown (Dukes and Western Highways)
Adelaide via Geelong, Camperdown, Mortlake, Hamilton, Casterton, Mt. Gambier, Keith (Princes, Hamilton, Glenelg Highways)
Brisbane via Seymour, Tocumwal, Forbes, Moree, Goondawindi, Warwick (Newell and Cunningham Highways)
Mildura via Seymour, Shepparton, Echuca, Kerang, Swan Hill (Hume, Goulburn Valley, Murray Valley Highways)
Mildura via Kyneton, Bendigo, Kerang, Swan Hill (Calder, Loddon, Murray Valley Highways)
Mildura via Ballarat, Daylesford, Castlemaine, Maryborough, Avoca, St Arnaud, Birchip (Midland, Pyrenees, Sunraysia Highways)
Albury via Morwell, Sale, Bairnsdale, Omeo, Mt. Beauty (Princes, Omeo, Keiwa Valley Highways, Alpine Tourist Road)
Hobart via car ferry from Port Melbourne to Devonport, then by road via Launceston, Campbell Town (Tasman and Midland Highways)
Sale via Dandenong, Wonthaggi, Forster, Yarram (Gippsland Highway)