Public transport using the v-line service is cheap, easy and reliable.
If you are ending your walk at the 12 Apostles you do not get back into Apollo Bay until approx. 4:30 – 5pm, which is after the last v-line bus leaves town. We suggest staying the night in Apollo Bay when your walk concludes or asking Walk91 about staying the night in Port Campbell instead.
Between Melbourne and Geelong it is a public v-line train service. Between Geelong and Apollo Bay it is a public v-line coach/bus service. You only buy one ticket from v-line for the whole journey. If you are travelling from Melbourne the train stops at Geelong Station and the coach/bus waits for the train to arrive before travelling on to Apollo Bay. It is only a small station so you can’t get lost!
If you sit on the left hand side of the coach/bus, you will have magnificent views of the ocean and coastline for most of your journey. The bus stops outside the Apollo Bay Information Centre, next to the start of the Great Ocean Walk.
Check the bus time table to Apollo Bay from Melbourne (or Geelong if you are flying into Avalon airport) before you book your flights. This may avoid long wait times at Geelong station. There are usually only three buses per day to Apollo Bay from Geelong station. The buses are very punctual so you can rely on the time table. (The staff are also very helpful if you wish to call them in advance to check times on 136 196).
To check your train times on line go to http://www.vline.com.au Click on, “Plan trip/Buy tickets”
Select for e.g. Melbourne Southern Cross Station (or Geelong if you are flying into Avalon) to Apollo Bay, the date you wish to travel and the relevant bus and train options will be listed. You cannot always reserve a seat on this service, but we have never had any report that it was full. It takes approx. 1 hour from Melbourne to Geelong and 2 ½ hours from Geelong to Apollo Bay.
How do I get from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport to the Southern Cross train station to catch the v-line service?
You can catch a taxi to Melbourne Southern Cross Station from the airport to catch the v-line train & bus service to Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road.
A shuttle bus (Sky bus) from the airport which leaves approx. every 15 minutes to Melbourne Southern Cross Station .The sky bus takes approx. 20 minutes depending on traffic – approx. $25 one way (2022) https://www.skybus.com.au/
The ‘Gull Bus’ which leaves from the airport https://gull.com.au/airport-transfer/timetables/ connects directly to the Geelong train station, to meet the ‘V-line’ bus to Apollo Bay. You need to book the Gull bus in advance. The Gull bus takes approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes, depending on traffic, so please allow plenty of time– approx. $38 one way (2022).
How do I get from Avalon Airport to Geelong train station to catch the v-line service?
When you fly into Avalon airport you can catch the shuttle bus or a cab from Avalon airport to Geelong train station to catch the bus to Apollo Bay. You need to check these bus times match your flight times. It is approx a 20 minute to half hour drive to Geelong train station, but we would allow more time than this to be on the safe side.
To check or pre book for the Avalon Airport Shuttle Bus or call 1300 169 287 and get further information here.
However there are usually only 2 or 3 buses a day from Geelong, so it is best to look at the train timetable first before you book your flight to avoid long waiting times at Geelong train & bus station.
Please note: All walkers need to check current bus/train timetables for their own travel arrangements.