Bairnsdale is serviced by three Vline trains each day from Melbourne, and is a relaxing way to arrive. To encourage riders from Melbourne to do so, we will provide a luggage pick up service from either your accommodation (if arriving the night before) or from the rail station if arriving by the Friday morning train.

Please indicate on your booking form if you plan to travel by train, to help us in our planning.


Driving from Melbourne: Bairnsdale is just over 3 hours drive from Melbourne CBD.

Driving from Canberra and NSW: Orbost at the eastern end of the Rail Trail, and the end point of the ride is the closest part of the trail to drive to. You can leave your car in Orbost and be transported to the ride start in Bairnsdale on the Friday morning. See ‘Transport Options’.

Orbost is four hours drive from Canberra, and 71/2 hours drive from Sydney via Canberra and Cann River.


Vline operates a coach service from Narooma on the NSW South Coast to Bairnsdale throughout the week. This is called the 'Sapphire Coast Link.

The Vline service from Canberra to Bairnsdale operates two to three days per week, and is called the Capital Link service.

Regrettably, these coach services will not carry bikes unless boxed.

Vline Coach Timetables.