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 https://transportnsw.info/regional-bookings/ 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. Y
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 – Melbourne||Day||Time||Mode||Fare Type||Fare|
|Depart Sydney||M-F||06:11||Train||Opal card||$2.50|
|Depart Campbelltown||M-F||07:20||Coach||Opal card|
|Depart Goulburn||M-F||10:13||XPT Train||Seniors card||$2.50|
|Depart Albury||M-F||17:25||V/Line Train||Seniors card||$4.60|