Australia by Train

Trains - Tickets - Tours

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Australia.

Here you will find information for Australia about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.

Useful Information

Population: 24.6 million

Currency: Australian Dollar

Language: English

Capital: Canberra

Country Code: +61

Time Zone(s): Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) and Australian Western Standard Time (AWST).

Train Companies

The long-distance trains are operated by Great Southern Rails. Trains in New South Wales are operated by NSW Train Link. Trains in Victoria are operated by Public Transport Victoria (PTV). Trains in Queensland are operated by Queensland Rail. Trains in Western Australia are operated by Transwa.

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Train Tickets

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Buy your train tickets for long-distance trains in Australia online at Journey Beyond Rail.

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Buy your train tickets for Australia online at International Rail.

Rail Passes

Queensland Explorer Pass

Discover Queensland, the second largest state in Australia. With the Queensland Explorer Pass, you can use all the rail services in Queensland within one or two months. Starting in the south in Brisbane, travel north along the country’s east coast to Airlie Beach or the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns, or west to experience a bit of the outback.

Queensland Coastal Pass

Along the most beautiful coast of Australia. With the Queensland Coastal Pass, you can travel between Cairns and Brisbane by train along the coast, with plenty of beautiful stops along the way such as the Fraser Island, Whitsunday Islands, and Townsville. You have the choice between the validity of 1 or 2 months.

New South Wales Discovery Pass

With the NSW Discovery Pass, you can use the train and bus network in the Australian state of New South Wales. You can travel from Brisbane to Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne. The validity for this pass can be for 14 days, 1, 3, or 6 months.

TrAIN tYPES

Regional Trains

The major rail network in Australia is composed of the following trains:

Intercity trains connect large cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth to its surrounding cities and towns

  • 2nd class offered, 1st class offered on most services
  • No reservations required
  • Trains are equipped with air-conditioning, toilets, and some services are equipped a buffet car.

XPT Trains are express trains connecting Sydney to Brisbane*, Casino, Dubbo, Grafton and Melbourne.

  • Seating Carriages:
    • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1), offering more leg room
    • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2)
  • Sleeping Carriages**:
    • 2 berth rooms inclusive of a shower, toiletries, bedding, towels and a light breakfast. Toilets are adjacent to the rooms.
  • Trains are equipped with power outlets, Wifi, and air conditioning. Most trains are also equipped with a dining car offering a range of snacks, hot foods, and drinks otherwise there is a food trolley.

    * A bus connection is necessary to access the Brisbane city center.

    ** Sleeping accommodations cannot be booked online, call NSWLink or use a booking agency.

XPLORER Trains are express trains connecting Sydney to Armidale, Broken Hill, Canberra, Griffith, and Moree.

  • Seating Carriages:
    • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1), offering more leg room
    • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2)
  • Sleeping Carriages*:
    • 2 berth rooms inclusive of a shower, toiletries, bedding, towels and a light breakfast. Toilets are adjacent to the rooms.
  • Trains are equipped with power outlets, Wifi, and air conditioning. Most trains are also equipped with a dining car offering a range of snacks, hot foods, and drinks otherwise there is a food trolley.

    * Sleeping accommodations cannot be booked online, call NSWLink or use a booking agency.

The Ghan

Indian Pacific

The Great Southern

Spirit of the Outback

Spirit of Queensland

The Overlander

The Inlander

The Westlander

The Gulflander

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Routes

Frequent Travelled Routes In Australia

National

From > To
Duration (h)ChangeTrains
Darwin to Adelaide50:00DirectThe Ghan
Perth to Adelaide42:50DirectIndian Pacific
Perth to Sydney74:00DirectIndian Pacific
Melbourne to Adelaide10:25DirectPTV Overland
Melbourne to Sydney11:17DirectXPT
Sydney to Canberra4:10DirectNSW TrainLink
Sydney to Brisbane14:12DirectNSW TrainLink
Sydney to Adeleide26:20DirectIndian Pacific

 

International

There are no international train connections in Australia. You can take a plane to visit other countries.

 

Australia travel routes

Australia: Big City Breaks and Coastal Fun

Australia: Big City Breaks and Coastal Fun

Main Train Stations

  • Canberra
  • Brisbane
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Adelaide
  • Perth
  • Darwin

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To Australia

Australia is a year-round destination for all sorts of activities, adventures, and sightseeing. We recommend traveling anytime to Australia but if you prefer to avoid scorching heat maybe aim to visit between September and November, or from March to May for more optimal weather. Since it’s a big country make sure to check up on the region you’re heading to beforehand. Since its size is often underestimated, the train is a perfect way to get yourself across the country while seeing real Australia.

If you’re interested in surfing, diving, laying on beautiful white-sand beaches, hiking, visiting sacred aboriginal locations, taking a trip through the real Outback, seeing native Australian wildlife in their original habitat, or much more, then Australia is here waiting for you.

  • High Season: December – February
  • Low Season: June – August
  • Northern Coastal Australia Wet Season: November – April
  • Northern Coastal Australia Dry Season: April – November

 

Accommodation In Australia

Booking

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Hostelworld

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Guidebooks For Australia

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Travel Insurance

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