There are a number of options for travelling to Bendigo from Melbourne. Located 150 km north west of Melbourne, by car it is just under 2 hours travelling along the Calder Freeway. Once out of the Melbourne city traffic, it is a great road which was renovated recently. If coming from Sydney or Northern Victoria, Bendigo can also be accessed from the Hume Highway.
Bendigo has a busy train station operated by VLine. Train services run from Melbourne every hour to Bendigo, departing from Southern Cross station. The train trip lasts for 2 hours, and stops at several Melbourne stations along the way. Bendigo has two stations, Kangaroo Flat and Bendigo. The cost of a full fare, one way during a peak time is around $28. A number of people choose to commute for work from Bendigo to Melbourne, and a weekly train fare to do this will cost around $140.
Once in Bendigo there are a number of public transport options. Christian’s Bus Co. is a bus service that runs seven days a week and operates routes all throughout Greater Bendigo. They also run coach day trips and mini bus hire. While they are no longer in full operation, there is a free tourist tram that runs around the city central that runs daily.
If you have arrived by train and decide that you really need a car to see some of the sights you can hire a car. Bendigo has 5 rental car companies including Budget, Avis, Hertz and Thrifty. With most of them located on High Street.
Located 4km from Bendigo is Bendigo Airport. There are no regular flight schedules, but commercial and business jet charter services that operate flights within Victoria and Interstate.
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