The Overland Rail Journey

Duration: 1 Day

Price: from AU$135

Departure From: Melbourne or Adelaide

Departure Date: Twice Weekly

Tour Type: Independent

Physical Grading: 1


A day trip in a league of its own. Ride the rails of romance on your next interstate adventure with this day-long train voyage aboard The Overland.

The Overland was Australia’s first inter-capital passenger train. This grand lady has been servicing guests from Adelaide, Melbourne, and the regional towns in between for over 135 years, as she makes her way between the vibrant capital cities of South Australia and Victoria.

Overland Train Map

The much-loved daylight journey runs twice weekly in each direction at a relaxed pace, encouraging guests to sit back and enjoy the evolving countryside views.

With a daylight service between two vibrant cities, enjoy a relaxing and unique journey, while savouring the creature comforts and romance of rail.

There is nothing quite like travelling by rail, and The Overland operates a day-long service running between Melbourne and Adelaide in both directions. On board, you’ll experience a comfortable journey as you watch the diverse landscapes outside your window, from rugged mallee scrub to fields of green and gold.

The Overlander Highlights

  • Choose between Red Standard or Red Premium class
  • Enjoy the 828 café carriage
  • Watch the spectacular scenery from the city skyline to rolling fields
  • Daylight only operation hours ensures you don’t miss a second of this great day trip
  • Semi-reclining seats and generous legroom
  • Up to 60kg of luggage, a range of dining options, and dedicated hospitality attendants
Overland Train
The interstate Overland rail service travels 828km

The Overland – Your Onboard Experience

With comfortable semi-reclining seats, generous legroom, up to 50kg of luggage, a range of dining options, and dedicated hospitality attendants, whether you choose Red Standard or Red Premium Service, you’re choosing an effortless and relaxing way to embark on your interstate adventure.

Red Premium

If you’re looking to travel in greater comfort and style, step up to Red Premium. Sit back and relax with more leg room, in-seat dining and a trolley service. Enjoy all-inclusive breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, coffee, soft drinks and juice. There’s no better way to make the day-long journey more enjoyable.

  • All-inclusive breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Comfortable reclining seats, two and one configurations across the aisle
  • 36 seats per carriage with ample leg room between seats
  • Individual reading light
  • Access to the licensed Café 828 Carriage
  • In-seat dining and trolley service
  • Red Premium luggage allowance of 2 x 30kgs checked luggage and 10kgs carry on

Red Service

Travel in Red Standard between Adelaide and Melbourne and enjoy the comfort and romance of a rail journey. Settle into your seat and be entertained throughout the day with the ever-changing scenery. When you’re feeling peckish, stroll into our licensed café for meals, beverages and snacks available for purchase any time during your journey.

  • Comfortable reclining seat in a two and two configuration
  • 60 seats per carriage with generous legroom between seats
  • Individual reading light
  • Access to the licensed Café 828 Carriage where meals and beverages are available for purchase
  • Luggage allowance of 2 x 20kg
Overland Red Premium
The Overland Red Premium

The Overland Timetable

The Overland Melbourne to Adelaide; Departs Monday & Friday at 8.05am, arriving Adelaide 6.00pm

The Overland Adelaide to Melbourne; Departs Sunday at 7.45 am & Thursday at 6.55am, arriving Melbourne at 6.50pm

The Overland Rail Holiday Options

The Overland is a great option to connect Melbourne to the start of your Ghan rail journey in Adelaide, or to join the Indian Pacific rail expedition in Adelaide. Not only do you get to relax into your rail adventures by ‘warming-up’ on the Overland first, but you get the option to spend a couple of nights in the great city of Melbourne too.

Should you wish to book The Overland as part of a single rail journey itinerary, perhaps with a city stay in either Adelaide or Melbourne and some stops along the way, we’d be more than happy to put a bespoke itinerary together for you.

Overland train
Your Overland hospitality attendant

Day Trip Inclusions

  • One day, one-way ticket to ride the Overland
  • Choice of Red Premium or Red Service classes as outlined
  • Access to the cafe carriage
  • Luggage allowance as stated.

Pricing Notes

  • Advertised price based on per person, Red Service
  • Price based on Advance Purchase 2024 departures and subject to availability
  • Full payment is required at the time of booking
  • Price is subject to change unless paid in full
  • Full terms and conditions will be advised at the time of booking.
  • The Overland is a no smoking environment

Tour Itinerary

The Overland Northbound; Melbourne to Adelaide
A day trip in a league of its own and the best value way to travel between the two state capitals. Ride the rails of romance on your next interstate adventure with this day-long train voyage aboard The Overland. Departing Melbourne over the line initially heads south to the port city of Geelong, before returning to its original route in Ararat. After departing Ararat the train stops in the Victorian towns of Stawell, Horsham, Dimboola and Nhill before crossing the South Australian border. The final stretch into Adelaide, after crossing the Murray River is over the scenic Adelaide Hills. The train contains Red Premium and Red seated accommodation and a bar/lounge car, Café 828

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