MOTORAIL - Taking your car on the train.

A few longer distance trains in Australia provide "MOTORAIL" service so your car can travel with you on board the train.

This map shows the trains with Motorail service as coloured routes. The "greyed out" routes DO NOT provide car carrying services. You can only put your car on the train at terminal stations listed in the table below.

Note that there is no Motorail vehicle carrying service between Sydney and Brisbane.

Note also there is no Motorail vehicle carrying service between Sydney and Melbourne.

From January 2015 there is no longer any Motorail vehicle carrying service in Queensland.


Fares are listed here to give you a general idea of the cost and will vary depending on the size of your vehicle and when you wish to travel. You should contact the train or ferry operator to get an exact price.

Accompanied fares are the price of taking your vehicle with you when you are travelling. The price shown does not include your travel fare - it is for the vehicle only.

Unaccompanied fares are what it will cost for you to consign your vehicle by passenger train or ferry when you do NOT travel with it. You may be required to drop off and collect your vehicle at specific times. Priority for motorail is normally given to train passengers so unaccompanied vehicles may not always be carried. Contact the operator for further details and bookings.

These fares are for standard sized vehicles. Larger vehicles may sometimes be carried, but a slightly higher fare will apply.

Bookings for your car should be made at the time of booking your rail fare.
Train / Ferry Operator Motorail Service Frequency Fare
Indian PacificGreat Southern RailSydney to Adelaide1-2 / week$499
Indian PacificGreat Southern RailAdelaide to Sydney1-2 / week$699
Indian PacificGreat Southern RailSydney to Perth1-2 / week$1299
Indian PacificGreat Southern RailPerth to Sydney1-2 / week$989
Indian PacificGreat Southern RailAdelaide to Perth1-2 / week$949
Indian PacificGreat Southern RailPerth to Adelaide1-2 / week$449
The OverlandGreat Southern RailAdelaide/Melbourne2 / week$259
The GhanGreat Southern RailAdelaide to Alice Springs1-2 / week$949
The GhanGreat Southern RailAlice Springs to Adelaide1-2 / week$499
The GhanGreat Southern RailAdelaide to Darwin1-2 / week$1189
The GhanGreat Southern RailDarwin to Adelaide1-2 / week$649
The GhanGreat Southern RailDarwin/Alice Springs1-2 / week499
Spirit of TasmaniaTT-LineMelbourne/Devonport1-2 / day$83
Kangaroo IslandSealinkCape Jervois/Penneshaw2-4 / day$86
Fraser Island BargeFraser Island BargeHervey Bay/Fraser Island$85
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