Cruise Transfers – Shuttle Bus Service to/from Station Pier


Airport Shuttlebus will again be operating a direct service to and from Melbourne Station Pier to meet Diamond Princess and selected Pacific Explorer and Crown Princess Cruises during the Melbourne Cruise Season 2024/2025


Tickets are available for the following dates – (MUST BE PRE BOOKED 2 WEEKS BEFORE TRAVEL)


DIAMOND PRINCESS           Departing Ballarat Sat 28/9/24

Returning Sat 5/10/24                    Southern Aust

Departing Ballarat Sat 5/10/24 Returning Sat 19-10-24               New Zealand

Departing Ballarat Sat 19/10/24 Returning Sat 26/10/24            Southern Aust

Departing Ballarat Sat 26/10/24 Returning Sat 9/11/24              New Zealand

Departing Ballarat Sat 9/11/24 Returning Sat 16/11/24              Southern Aust

Departing Ballarat Sat 16/11/24 Returning Sat 30/11/24            New Zealand

Departing Ballarat Sat 30/11/24 Returning Sat 7/12/24              Southern Aust

Departing Ballarat Sat 7/12/24                                                          Aust Seacation - Finish in Brisbane 11/12/24



PACIFIC EXPLORER         Departing Ballarat Thurs 4/11/24 Returning Fri 8/11/234          Kangaroo Island

Departing Ballarat Mon 11/11/24 Returning Fri 15/11/24          Kangaroo Island

Departing Ballarat Mon 18/11/24 Returning Fri 22/11/24             Hobart

Departing Ballarat Mon 25/11/24 Returning Fri 29/11/24             Kangaroo Island

Departing Ballarat Thurs 19/12/24 Returning Fri 27/12/24        Christmas Cruise

Departing Ballarat Mon 30/12/24 Returning Sun 12/1/25          New Years Eve Cruise

Departing Ballarat Sun 12/1/25 Returning Fri 17/1/25                Taste of Tasmaia

Departing Ballarat Mon 20/1/25 Returning Fri 24/1/25              Kangaroo Island

Departing Ballarat Mon 27/1/25                                                    Southern Australia - Finish Fremantle 3/2/25


CROWN PRINCESS           Departing Ballarat Wed 30/10/24                                                    Round Australia – Finish in Sydney 23/11/24

Departing Ballarat Sun 23/3/25                                                        Round Australia – Finish in Sydney 16/4/25



Duration of Bus Trip between Ballarat and Station Pier              – approximately 1.5 hrs

Ballarat Railway Station Departure                                  – Bay 9 at 12.00 noon


Station Pier Departure                                                                       Can vary depending on the cruise, Typically between 8 and 9am as allocated by Ship personnel.  Cruise ships will advise their passengers and Cruiseship Shuttlebus of the actual debark time that has been allocated .


The Port of Melbourne Authority will only allow us access to the Pier for a short period of time, once you disembark please go directly to the coach pickup area as directed and wait for our coach to be called up.  We will not be permitted to wait for missing passengers.


Pickup points:

Ballarat, Ballan, Bacchus Marsh and Melton (Ballan Bacchus Marsh & Melton stops all by demand only)


Fares (Return Trip) – (one way travel also available)

Please check the website for current fares. or






Bookings can be made online at or  Alternatively you can phone the Airport Shuttlebus office on 03 5333 4181 during office hours.

Bookings can also be made by your travel agent.


VERY IMPORTANT - Please ensure at time of booking Bus tickets you enter Cabin Numbers.


Valet Parking also available at a small additional cost as per usual


Special Notes

Bookings are essential


Please note that all services require a minimum number of passengers ie. 5 passengers. Should this number not be met by 14 days prior to cruise commencement date, the Airport Shuttlebus reserves the right to cancel the service – if this is the case, any passengers already booked on this service will be contacted immediately and all monies paid will be fully refunded.  We guarantee that if we deliver you to Station Pier at the commencement of your cruise we will operate the service to bring you home as long as you have a paid return ticket with us.