NSW TrainLink


NSW TrainLink offers many destinations on the modern rail and coach network throughout New South Wales and between Melbourne and Brisbane. NSW TrainLink's fleet of XPT's (express passengers trains) carry passengers in air conditioned comfort to their destinations in economy and first class seats throughout the day and night, with sleeper facilities on overnight routes.

Enjoy panoramic views of the Australian landscape through large windows whilst reclining in comfortable seats with ample leg room and fold down tables. The NSW TrainLink operates main line passenger services between Sydney - Melbourne and Sydney - Brisbane.

Please note there are many other regional services operated by NSW TrainLink however TravelOnline only sells the sectors that are displayed on this page. Pensioner or Senior fares are not available through TravelOnline. Please note TravelOnline are only to happy to assist you with your booking however due to time constraints bookings can not be confirmed if travel is within 72 hours.

Option 1: Seats

Economy Class Seats: each seat features an individual reading light, drop down table, armrests and footrests and access to the buffet car. All seats face the direction of travel, but with notice given, can be rotated to form a group of four - especially popular for groups. Economy seats offer ample leg room and recline to 28 degrees.

First Class Seats: each seat features an individual reading light, drop down table, armrests and footrests and access to the buffet car. All seats face the direction of travel, but with notice given, can be rotated to form a group of four - especially popular for groups. First Class seats offer additional leg room and recline to 40 degrees.

Option 2: Sleepers

First Class Sleepers: available on overnight services between Sydney/Melbourne/Sydney and Sydney/Brisbane/Sydney. Twin share cabins offer bed linen, towels and toiletries to ensure a wonderful overnight journey. Complimentary light breakfast is included and during the day, beds convert to comfortable seating. Twin Cabins have 1 set of double bunks in each cabin. A shower and toilet is shared between every two cabins - a cabin is suitable for 2 people.


Enjoy the extensive range of hot and cold meals and tasty snacks from the buffet car. People traveling alone with small children, people with disabilities or the elderly who cannot visit the buffet can arrange to be served by the onboard crew. In addition, with 48 hours notice, NSW TrainLink can provide for most special dietary requirements.


RouteServiceDepartArriveChange at
Brisbane to SydneyDaylight#5.55am8.12pm
Brisbane to SydneyOvernight#3.10pm6.59am - next dayCasino*
Melbourne to SydneyDaylight8.30am7.53pm
Melbourne to SydneyOvernight7.50pm6.53am - next day
Sydney to BrisbaneDaylight7.11am#10.34pmCasino*
Sydney to BrisbaneOvernight2.41pm#4.53am - next day
Sydney to MelbourneDaylight7.32am6.30pm
Sydney to MelbourneOvernight8.32pm7.25am - next day

# During NSW daylight saving (5 October 2014 - 5 April 2015 & 04 October 2015 - 03 April 2016), services will arrive and depart Queensland locations one hour earlier than shown.
*Indicates coach connection as part of the journey.

Timetables subject to change without notice please reconfirm at time of booking. Train departs on a daily basis.

TopAdditional Information

Children: Child fares are available to children aged 4 - 15 years inclusive or where an under-aged child occupies a seat or berth.
Ticketing and payment: Payment is required at the time of booking.
Motor Vehicles: There are no facilities for carrying motor vehicles on NSW TrainLink
Luggage: Passengers are permitted to have three pieces of luggage made up of the following
Hand Luggage: Passengers can take up to 1 hand luggage item no more than 5 kilograms and not more than 30 x 50 x 30 centimetres (length x height x width).
Checked Luggage: Passengers can check in 2 items, each weighing between 5 and 20 kilograms and not more than 70 × 60 × 50 centimetres (length × height × width). Medium sized candy-striped bags will be accepted as checked luggage if they weigh 15 kilograms or less and only contain clothing or soft items. Checked luggage must be lodged at the station 30 minutes before scheduled departure. Please note NSW TrainLink is unable to accept luggage less than five kilograms in weight as checked luggage and there is limited space for booked luggage and restrictions apply during peak periods.
Unchecked Luggage: If you do not wish to check your luggage you can take two items on board with you, as long as they don't weigh more than 20 kilograms or measure more than 70 × 60 × 50 centimetres (length × height × width). Please store these items in luggage racks or at the end of your carriage. Items that are damaged, unable to be secured or with protruding contents will not be accepted. Liability is limited to $300 and private travel insurance is recommended. NSW TrainLink has no liability for personal items including cameras, electrical goods, jewellery, money and tools; suitcases, bags, backpacks and similar items; bicycles, surfboards, snowboards and golf clubs; luggage that is not checked in and issued with a NSW TrainLink luggage check. Please note that unchecked luggage is carried at your own responsibility.

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