Melbourne Airport, informally referred to as Tullamarine Airport, is located 22.9 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD. Ballarat is Victoria’s third-largest city and is located approximately 113 kilometres from the airport. There are a wide range of travel options available from Melbourne Airport and despite the large distance between Ballarat and Melbourne, there are still multiple options to choose from. Public transport, taxi’s, hire cars and shuttle buses are all accessible, however, whether it be due to time constraints, budget or other reasons, not all of these options will suit everyone.

That’s where a private transfer with Car Australia can help. With Car Australia, you have a wide range of vehicles at your disposal to fit any occasion. Ranging from standard and executive sedans, SUV’s and people movers to premium minibuses and coaches, we have the right car to suit all needs and budget types. Offering convenience and comfort that is second to none, our highly skilled drivers will take care of all your transfer needs from Melbourne Airport to Ballarat.

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Ballarat to Melbourne airport: Travel times and getting around

Car Australia services Ballarat and surrounding areas, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offers a premium door-to-door guarantee for our clients. This means that not only will our professional chauffeurs meet you inside the terminal upon arrival, but we will also drop you at any location of your choosing for a seamless and efficient drop-off. To help you plan out your trip, we have listed some useful points below.


Pick Up and Other Information

Travel times for your journey

The method of transport you choose, between Ballarat and Melbourne Airport, as well as the time of day you choose to travel, can significantly impact your journey time. The fastest public transport option between the two destinations is around 2 hours and 21 minutes and involves a stopover. A transfer with Car Australia on the other hand takes on average around 1 hours and 20 minutes.

Peak hour travel times

  • Airport to Ballarat: 85-90 minutes
  • Ballarat to airport: 80-90 minutes

Off-peak travel times

  • Airport to Ballarat: 70-75 minutes
  • Ballarat to airport: 70-75 minutes

Melbourne Airport

Travellers who have never visited Melbourne Airport may find the facilities a little overwhelming given the large size and multiple passenger terminals. However, they need only follow the signs to navigate the well designed, bustling facility. There are four terminals to consider:

  • T1— Qantas domestic terminal.
  • T2— Designated international terminal, airlines including Emirates, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Fiji Airways, and Jetstar and more.
  • T3—Virgin Australia, Skywest, and REX domestic terminal.
  • T4—Jetstar and other budget airline terminals.

The facilities at each of these terminals are truly exceptional and boast a wide range of modern transit amenities, speciality and retail stores, eateries, bars, restaurants, multiple onsite car parking options, Wi-Fi and so much more. There are also multiple airline lounges as well as luxury and budget hotels within the airport precinct for those needing overnight lodgings.

Exploring Ballarat

Ballarat is one of Victoria’s largest, bustling cities and has a rich colonial past, that still resounds throughout the town today. There are many monuments and attractions scattered along its streets that speak to its exciting gold rush era such as heritage markers and buildings, fountains, canons and war memorials. To make your time in Ballarat as enjoyable as possible, be sure to choose Car Australia for your next airport transfer.