Rail passes in Australia
What passes are available?
Rail passes are generally state or regionally based. Each railway system
has its own series of rail passes, but some allow travel over more than
- Austrailpass - unlimited economy class travel anywhere on the
rail network (including metropolitan systems) over consecutive days. 14,
21 or 30 days + 7 day extensions available. Not available to Australian
residents. Must be purchased before travelling to Australia.
- Austrail Flexipass - economy class travel over 8, 15, 22 or 29
days within 6 months with unlimited stopovers. The 8 day pass is not
available for travel between Adelaide/Perth or Adelaide/Alice Springs. Not
available to Australian residents. Must be purchased before travelling to
- East Coast Discovery Pass - allows one way travel between
nominated cities (e.g. Melbourne - Sydney, Sydney - Gold Coast/Brisbane,
Sydney - Cairns, Melbourne - Cairns) with unlimited stopovers within 6
months on Countrylink and Queensland Rail services.
- New South Wales Discovery Pass - one month unlimited economy
class travel on Countrylink trains and connecting coach services. Includes
services to Canberra. Does not include CityRail suburban and interurban
services, except those connecting with Countrylink road coaches. 20%
discount for YHA members.
- Southern Discovery Pass - 28 days unlimited travel on Westrail
trains, and on Westrail coach services south of Perth and Kalgoorlie.
- Sunshine Rail Pass - unlimited travel over the Queensland Rail
network. 14, 21 and 30 day, first class and economy class passes
available. Includes CityTrain suburban and interurban services. See Queensland
- Sunshine Road Rail Pass - 10 days travel in 60 days or 20 days
travel in 90 days on Queensland Rail long distance services and
McCafferty's coach services wthin Queensland. Economy class only. See Queensland
- Victoria Pass - 14 days unlimited travel on all V/Line and West
Coast Railway trains and connecting coach services. Does not include
Melbourne suburban trains. 7 day passes also available to foreign passport
How much do they cost?
RailPage does not maintain a list of prices as they are many and varied.
You should contact your travel agent for more information.
Where can I buy them?
Rail passes can be obtained through the various rail operators in
Australia, or travel agents. Most travel agents around the world should be
able to organise passes for you. Some agents to try include, but are not
limited to, the list below. RailPage does not recommend or endorse any
particular travel agent.
To assist in planning your journey, see:
This is not a definitive resource. If you require more information,
contact your travel agent. No liability can be assumed for the accuracy
of information contained herein.
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