Too many people camping with you to all fit in your car? Want a cleaner and greener way to travel? Or just want to avoid the hassles and hazards of driving on the roads on a long weekend? Sit back, relax and let someone else drive you to the festival (or dance around the train carriage all the way to Beaufort!).
For 2018 we’ve made it easier than ever to get to or from the festival by public transport with extra charter buses added at different times. We are also creating a special walk in camping area close to the action for those that choose to travel by public transport. As a thank you we will also throw in one free souvenir program for each person travelling via our charter bus services.
Charter Bus from Melbourne
We have a number of buses running for 2018 and we’ve increased the service times. But these need to be pre-booked, so we recommended getting your ticket ASAP.
The luxury air-conditioned buses will leave Federation Square (Flinders Street Melbourne CBD) Thursday and Friday taking you directly to the festival site near Lexton. Buses will then depart the festival site Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday morning returning you to Federation Square.
As part of our strategy to encourage people to choose alternate modes of transport to cars the charter bus tickets for 2018 are subsidised by our vehicle pass revenue. This has allowed us to run additional buses and reduce the price of a return bus ticket to Rainbow by 27%.
V/Line Services – Free Shuttle Bus
Shuttles will connect with selected V/Line Ararat line services to and from Beaufort Station and selected V/Line Ballarat line services to and from Ballarat Station.
Coaches will replace all trains on the Ararat and Ballarat lines for the entire journey on Saturday 27 January and Sunday 28 January due to track maintenance works. Please make sure you board the express coach at Southern Cross.
Customers require a valid paper ticket to travel on all Ararat line V/Line services and a valid myki to travel on all Ballarat line V/Line services.
Banana Bus Festival Transport
Start the party earlier with Banana Bus festival transport service.
Banana Bus offers the only suburban based pick-up and drop-off festival transport service, so you can start the party sooner!