Motorail - Taking your Car



Some selected 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 following table:

Train name Operator Motorail Service Frequency Approximate one-way Fare *
Accompanied Unaccompanied
The SunlanderQueensland RailBrisbane/Cairns2 per week$375$575
The SunlanderQueensland RailBrisbane/Townsville2 per week$325$525
Spirit of the OutbackQueensland RailBrisbane/Longreach2 per week$275$475
Indian PacificGreat Southern RailSydney to Adelaide1-2 per week$286$432
Indian PacificGreat Southern RailAdelaide to Sydney1-2 per week$358$518
Indian PacificGreat Southern RailSydney to Perth1-2 per week$872$1250
Indian PacificGreat Southern RailPerth to Sydney1-2 per week$564$898
Indian PacificGreat Southern RailAdelaide to Perth1-2 per week$615$898
Indian PacificGreat Southern RailPerth to Adelaide1-2 per week$235$423
The OverlandGreat Southern RailAdelaide/Melbourne3 per week$143$239
The GhanGreat Southern RailAdelaide to Alice Springs1-2 per week$615$861
The GhanGreat Southern RailAlice Springs to Adelaide1-2 per week$204$399
The GhanGreat Southern RailAdelaide to Darwin1-2 per week$800$1145
The GhanGreat Southern RailDarwin to Adelaide1-2 per week$256$573
The GhanGreat Southern RailDarwin to Alice Springs1-2 per week204$399
Ferry name Operator Car Carrying Service Frequency Approximate one-way Fare *
Accompanied Unaccompanied
Spirit of TasmaniaTT-LineMelbourne/Devonport1-2 per day$83
Sea SpiritSea SAWallaroo/Lucky Bay1-2 per day$140TBA
Kangaroo Island SealinkSealinkCape Jervois/Penneshaw2-4 per day$86
Fraser Island BargeFraser Island BargeHervey Bay/Fraser Island$85


* The fares listed here may vary depending on the size of your vehicle and when you wish to travel. Fares are listed here to give you a general idea of the cost. 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 st the time of booking your rail fare.


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.