Melbourne to Adelaide on The Overland Train Trip

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Rail Tickets, Bookings, Seat Reservations, Train Timetables A daylight service that operates three times a week in both directions.. Guests also have the opportunity to disembark from the train to explore the many regions and towns the Train passes through along its route, then simply re-join the train on another scheduled service that suits your holiday timetable

Melbourne to Adelaide on The Overland Train Trip
From$99 aud

Group booking discount

Tour Info

Code RT-08
  • Train Cabin
Duration 11 Hours
Price From $99

Every Tue and Sat

Vehicle Train
Suitability Open Age
Start Melbourne @ 8.05am
Finish Adelaide @ 5.40pm

There's no more relaxing way to enjoy the trip between Adelaide and Melbourne than on the newly refurbished Overland. The Overland provides a comfortable, relaxing way to travel between the cities or to ease into a great holiday in either Melbourne, Adelaide or their surrounding regions.
This historic train pioneered inter-capital rail travel way back in 1887, its name inspired by the historic 'Overlanders' who travelled the route on horseback. A century on and a $4 million refurbishment later, today's train-travelling 'Overlanders' will enjoy the journey in relaxing comfort arriving at their destination in the early evening.

Throughout this interstate journey, guests can soak up a diverse range of landscapes from rugged mallee scrubland, to fields of golden crops, over vast open plains and through gently rolling hills.

The Overland passes through classic Australian country towns including Murray Bridge, Bordertown, Nhill, Dimboola, Horsham, Ararat and Geelong. So whichever direction you travel, the journey is a wonderful opportunity to relax in comfort, mingle with fellow travellers and delight in the ever changing countryside along the way.

The Overland runs a daylight service between Melborune and Adelaide in both directions, three times a week. Guests also have the opportunity to disembark from the train to explore the many regions and towns The Overland passes through along its route. These guests simply re-join The Overland on a scheduled service that suits their holiday timetable.

Stopovers available

  • Geelong
  • Ararat
  • Horshan
  • Dimboola
  • Nhill
  • Bordertown
  • Murray Bridge

On board, The Overland guests have the choice of two levels of service; Red Service and Red Premium Service. Red Service offers a value for money option with all the comforts you need, while Red Premium gives guests more services and more personal space. Both service levels offer guests ample room to move around the train and stretch their legs. The licensed Café Carriage also provides the chance to meet your fellow travellers and socialise in a comfortable, friendly environment.

You'll also find many great holiday packages for those planning a holiday from either Melbourne or Adelaide, including many touring and accommodation options that will allow you to discover each destination as well as regions and sightseeing highlights nearby.

The Overland links Melbourne with two of Australia's great trains; the mighty Indian Pacific which traverses this huge continent between Sydney and Perth, via Adelaide, and The Legendary Ghan, travelling between Adelaide and Darwin. It means The Overland opens up exciting train travel all over Australia from either Adelaide or Melbourne.

With The Overland's new levels of comfort and refurbished facilities, no matter what level of service you choose, travelling between Adelaide and Melbourne by rail is now a more comfortable, relaxing and unique experience complete with mesmerising views and the ability to move about the train as you wish.


The most economical way to travel in Australia by train. Features include:

• Comfortable reclining seat with ample 49cm leg room

• Individual reading light

• Communal shower and toilet facilities

• Windows throughout the Red Service carriage

• Power outlets available to charge mobile devices

• 40kg checked luggage per person (2 x 20kg)

Available to purchase:

• Meals, beverages and snacks available to purchase from the licensed cafe

• Off Train Excursions available for purchase on Indian Pacific and The Ghan


Enjoy a higher level of comfort in the Red Premium Service carriages.
Features include:
• Comfortable reclining seats (two and one across the aisle) with 67cm legroom
• Individual reading light
• Communal shower and toilet facilities
• Windows throughout the Red Premium Service carriage
• Power outlets available to charge mobile devices
• Complimentary orange juice / water offered upon boarding
• 50kg checked luggage per person (2 x 20kg, 1 x 10kg)
Available to purchase:
• Limited a-la-carte in-seat dining served via trolley service
• Meals, beverages and snacks available to purchase from the licensed Cafe 828

Additional Information

All fares are inclusive of a fuel price surcharge. To receive concessional travel fares, Great Southern Rail is required to confirm your eligibility for the concession electronically with Centrelink. If you do not want this to happen you will need to contact Centrelink or the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) to obtain a Pension Concession Letter as proof of your eligibility for the concession and provide this directly to Great Southern Rail before the concession can be given.

Return fares are generally double the one-way fare

Ready Rail Fare

This is an Internet only fare. This fare is Instant Purchase, Non transferable and Non refundable. No changes permitted. This fare may be allocated non-viewing seats.

Rail Saver

Full payment is required at the time of booking. This fare is non transferable and non refundable. One amendment to travel date can be made before 30 days prior to departure but is subject to availability and will incur an amendment fee of $20 per sector.

Red Every Day

This fare is fully flexible. This fare is Instant Purchase, Transferable and Refundable, although cancellation and amendment fees do apply.

XMAS SERVICE: Please be advised The Overland Christmas Timetable differs from the standard timetable







NORTH SHORE GEELONG                           














DEPART MURRAY BRIDGE                                       


ARRIVE ADELAIDE                                                 



  • No Hotel pick up -  Check in  Melbourne Southern Cross Station Cnr Collins & Spencer Street, Melbourne, Victoria. 
  • Red seats have 3 different fares and it si subject to availability.
  • Passengers full name and the Title , contact number and the payment are require to confirm the seats. 
  • Any Amendments  will incur $20 (Per person), cant make any amendment for Ready rail fare red seat. 
  • Red seat - Luggage -  40kg checked luggage per person (2 x 20kg)
  • Red Premium seat - 50kg checked luggage per person (2 x 20kg, 1 x 10kg)
  • No Refund for Red seat ready rail and Rail saver fares.


How much does it cost to take a bike on The Overland?

Passengers get a 40kg baggage allowance. Provided the bike and other luggage is under 40kg you will pay no extra. If you exceed this allowance, the cost is $25.


Do bikes need to be boxed to take on The Overland?

No, they can be wheeled on.


Do panniers need to be bagged up separately or can they stay on the bike?

They can stay on the bike. Or bagged up. It's the passengers choice.


Do I need to book my bike in?


Yes, as there are only 4 spaces to carry non-standard luggage on The Overland. This can be done well in advance by calling GSR to book or after a booking has been made online or via an agent. 


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