Australia & New Zealand Rail Passes

Train travel options in Australia are as many and varied as the locations you’ll stop at over this great continent. There are 19 different rail journeys you can take in Australia including the famous Spirit of Outback, The Ghan and The Overland. And in the land of the long white cloud, travelling by rail will make you appreciate just why 'Lord of the Rings' was filmed in this incredibly beautiful country. Jump onboard Rail New Zealand or Kiwi Scenic Journeys to travel all the way from Auckland to Queenstown and everywhere in between.

Australia Rail Passes

Whether you’re about the journey or the destination, there’s a range of Australia rail passes that’ll fit your needs and budget. In Australia, train services are operated by four key players – Great Southern Rail, Country Link, Transwa and Queensland Rail.

Country Link provides long-distance rail services and is supported by a coach network with services to more than 360 destinations throughout New South Wales and to Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. Great Southern Rail is a tourism train operating epic rail journeys on world-famous routes like The Ghan (Adelaide to Alice Springs and Darwin), Indian Pacific (Sydney to Perth), The Overland and The Southern Spirit. Transwa is operated by the WA Government and includes services such as Australand, Prospector, AvonLink and MerredinLink. And the largest and most comprehensive of all Aussie long-distance and tourist trains? That’d be Queensland Rail. They operate a range of services with onboard accommodation and dining and club cars. Their fleet includes The Sunlander (Brisbane to Cairns), Tilt Train, Spirit of the Outback, The Westlander, The Inlander, Kuranda Scenic Railway, Gulflander and Savannahlander. You can also travel by train between capital cities for another option to get from Brisbane to Sydney or Sydney to Melbourne.

New Zealand Rail Passes

In New Zealand, the main rail operator is KiwiRail that will take you from the North Island to the South Island . You can buy a rail pass that allows hop-on, hop off travel on New Zealand’s 3 longest train services. Some of the amazing KiwiRail Scenic Journeys you can experience include the world-famous TranzAlpine route daily between Christchurch and Greymouth, the Coastal Pacific between Christchurch and Picton with connections to the InterIslander ferry across to Wellington, and the Northern Explorer will get you from Auckland and Wellington the scenic way. There are a few different options of long-distance train travel too – 7-day passes, 14-day passes and 21-day passes.

Australia and New Zealand Rail Holidays and Destinations

Whether you’re seeking a quick getaway on a Melbourne-to-Sydney train, an even quicker jaunt on a Brisbane-to-Sydney train or you’d like to stretch out for a long ride and appreciate our great outback, there’s a train holiday for you. Travelling from Darwin to Adelaide (and back again), The Ghan will take you right through the red centre of this country in 3 incredible days. The Overland will take you from Melbourne to Adelaide, passing through Australian country towns like Murray Bridge, Horsham and Geelong.

And how about the Spirit of the Outback? It’s not just a train holiday; it’s a superb dining experience. Travel Queensland’s outback while chowing down on hearty Aussie fare. You’ll pass through heritage towns including Emerald before stopping at Longreach where you can see the Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Head across the ditch to NZ and cross the South Island on the TranzAlpine from Christchurch on the west coast to Greymouth traversing the Southern Alps and myriad glaciers, gorges and icy landscapes. Or go north to south and west to east on the North Island with the Northern Explorer.


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