Seniors Card Travel: Sydney to Melbourne for $9.60

This post was updated by the editor on 25/05/2023

The regular, half-priced concession, Seniors fare, single ticket, aboard the Sydney to Melbourne (Southern Cross) XPT is $65.13.

For Senior cardholders who don’t mind leaving Sydney earlier and arriving in Melbourne a few hours later, the fare drops to just $9.60.

This trip operates Monday to Friday only.

The journey starts aboard the 06:11 Opal train service from Central to Macarthur. You can find the timetable for this service at:

Alight the train at Campbelltown (one stop before Macarthur) and board the coach bound for Goulburn. The timetable for the coach service can be found at:

The Campbelltown to Goulburn coach is a regular Opal service, so just tap on when you get on and tap off when you alight at Goulburn.

You’ll arrive at Goulburn railway station at 09:00 with an hour and thirteen minutes to grab a quick cuppa before boarding the Melbourne bound XPT which departs Goulburn at 10:13. Alight at Albury where the train arrives at 15:10 The timetable for this service is at:

You’ll need to book the Goulburn to Albury leg of the journey either online at or call NSW trainLink on 13 22 32. The ticket you need is a Country Pensioner Excursion (CPE) ticket. The cost will be $2.50. Have your Seniors card or Pensioner card and a credit or debit card ready to pay.

The last leg of the journey is aboard a Victorian V/Line service which departs Albury at 17:20. You’re going to have a couple of hours to enjoy the sights of Albury. The main drag is just a block and a half from the station – a 5 minutes walk.

You’ll need to book the Albury to Melbourne (Southern Cross) leg of the trip, either by calling VLine on 1800 800 007 or booking online at:

The fare for Seniors (Concession) cardholders from Albury to Melbourne (Southern Cross) is $4.60. You’ll arrive in Melbourne (Southern Cross) at 21:45. The timetable is at:

Enjoy Melbourne and the pleasures of slow travel.

Here’s the complete timetable.

Sydney – MelbourneDayTimeModeFare TypeFare
Depart SydneyM-F06:11TrainOpal card$2.50
Arrive CampbelltownM-F07:10
Depart CampbelltownM-F07:20CoachOpal card
Arrive GoulburnM-F09:00
Depart GoulburnM-F10:13XPT TrainSeniors card$2.50
Arrive AlburyM-F15:10
Depart AlburyM-F17:25V/Line TrainSeniors card$4.60
Arrive MelbourneM-F22:05
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