Rail passes in Australia


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 one system.

  • 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 Australia.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 holders. THIS PASS IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

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.


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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.