Rail in Melbourne & Adelaide

Journey on The Overland (Adelaide-Melbourne or Melbourne-Adelaide)

An easy, comfortable day trip

With a daylight service between these two great cities, enjoy a relaxing and unique journey, while savouring the creature comforts and romance of rail.

FROM
$164PP
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DURATION
Day trip
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Selected meals

About this holiday

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Adelaide

For over 130 years, The Overland has been a fan favourite for people travelling between Adelaide and Melbourne.

There is nothing quite like travelling by rail, and The Overland operates a day-long service running between Melbourne and Adelaide in both directions. Onboard, you’ll experience a comfortable journey as you watch the diverse landscapes outside your window - from rugged mallee scrub to fields of green and gold.

Inclusions

Red Standard Fares include your one way fare between Adelaide and Melbourne or vv

Red Premium Fares include your one way fare between Adelaide and Melbourne or vv and all-inclusive dining at your seat

Accommodation

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Red Standard, The Overland

RED STANDARD:

Travel in Red Service between Adelaide and Melbourne and enjoy the comfort and romance of a rail journey. Settle into your seat and be entertained throughout the day with the ever-changing scenery. When you’re feeling peckish, stroll into our licenced café for meals, beverages and snacks available for purchase any time during your journey. 

  • Comfortable reclining seat in a two and two configuration
  • 60 seats per carriage with generous legroom between seats
  • Individual reading light
  • Access to the licenced Café 828 Carriage where meals and beverages are available for purchase
  • Red luggage allowance of 2 x 20kg

RED PREMIUM SERVICE (ALL INCLUSIVE DINING):

If you’re looking to travel in greater comfort and style, step up to Red Premium. Sit back and relax with more leg room, in-seat dining and a trolley service. Enjoy all-inclusive breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, coffee, soft drinks and juice. There’s no better way to make the day-long journey more enjoyable.

  • All-inclusive breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Comfortable reclining seats, two and one configurations across the aisle
  • 36 seats per carriage with ample leg room between seats
  • Individual reading light
  • Access to the licenced Café 828 Carriage
  • In-seat dining and trolley service
  • Red Premium luggage allowance of 2 x 30kg

Travel dates

RAIL SCHEDULE:

Adelaide to Melbourne:

  • Operates Mondays and Fridays
  • Departs Adelaide at 7:45am and arrives in Melbourne at approx 6:50pm

Melbourne to Adelaide:

  • Operates on Tuesdays and Saturdays
  • Departs Melbourne at 8:05am and arrives in Adelaide at approx 5:40pm

ONE WAY FARES: (Adelaide to Melbourne or vv)

  • Red Standard - from $164 per person
  • Red Premium - from $269 per person

Freecall our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to book your seat now!

Itinerary

With a daylight service between the two great cities, enjoy a relaxing and unique journey, while savouring the creature comforts and romance of rail.

Still the best way to travel between Adelaide and Melbourne, The Overland offers two levels of service. Red Service offers a value for money choice, and Red Premium provides all-inclusive dining- whatever your choice, you’ll have plenty of room to move and the chance to meet fellow travellers in a comfortable, friendly environment.

Questions

What is the actual travelling time & distance between major stops?

  • Melbourne - Adelaide (or v.v.) - 828KM - Approx 10.5 HRS.

Luggage Allowance:

  • Red Standard - luggage allowance of 2 x 20kg per person
  • Red Premium - luggage allowance of 2 x 30kg per person

Can I take any pets or animals with me on-train?

  • No - the only animals permitted on the train are specially trained dogs for the vision and hearing impaired.

Can I take my walking frame/wheelchair/ scooter on board the train?

  • No - these items must be checked-in as stored luggage. A specially modified pushchair can be requested for use on train (with the assistance of a Carer or travelling companion) - PLEASE INFORM US AT TIME OF BOOKING.

Can my necessary medication be refrigerated?

  • Yes subject to space within our on-board fridge compartments - PLEASE INFORM US AT TIME OF BOOKING.

Can I take oxygen onboard?

  • Yes - PLEASE INFORM US AT TIME OF BOOKING.

Can I take my own food on board the train?

  • You can bring your own special dietary needs. You cannot bring your own alcohol or hot food. Some food purchased on-train may need to be disposed of prior to leaving the train due to strict state quarantine rulings.

Can I pay for my meals/snacks/beverages with a credit card?

  • Yes, however a minimum amount applies.

Can I pay for my meals/snacks/beverages with EFTPOS?

  • No EFTPOS facilities are NOT available on the train.

Are there ATM (Cash out) facilities on-train?

  • No - you must board the train with sufficient cash on hand for required purchases during the journey ahead.
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Fine print

Travel at 60 booking conditions apply.

Terms & Conditions:

Notes: Please be advised that these are our standard operating timetables however scheduled services are subject to change. All times are local times and may be subject to change. Guests must be at the terminal at least one hour before train departs.

Fare Terms and Conditions:
RED STANDARD:

  • Readyrail Fare - Full payment is required prior to requesting confirmation and is non-refundable. No amendments or changes can be made once your booking is confirmed.
  • Everyday Fare - Full payment is required prior to requesting confirmation and is non-refundable. Amendments can be made up to 5 days before departure at no fee, but only for travel within 6 months of the original date.

RED PREMIUM:

  • Readyrail Saver fare - Fares must be booked more than 30 days in advance and are subject to availability at time of booking. Full payment is required prior to requesting confirmation and are non-refundable. No amendments or changes can be made once your booking is confirmed.
  • Readyrail Fare - Full payment is required prior to requesting confirmation and is non-refundable. No amendments or changes can be made once your booking is confirmed.
  • Everyday Fare - Full payment is required prior to requesting confirmation and is non-refundable. Amendments can be made up to 5 days before departure at no fee, but only for travel within 6 months of the original date.
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