Country Link Trains

Long Distance Train Services

Country Link operates long distance rail and coach passenger services based in New South Wales.

The services extend interstate to Australia's major east coast capital cities Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne.

These Sydney transport services are ideal to experience travelling to and from these destinations at a slower pace. For longer, overnight journeys, sleeper cabins are available.

A range of package holidays throughout NSW coastal and outback areas, and to eastern interstate capitals are available.

These can include return travel, tickets to shows or events, tour passes and accommodation.

Countrylink's main booking and information office is located in the Grand Concourse at Sydney's Central Station.

Booking can be made at the office, online or over the phone:

  • 13 22 32 - Regular journeys (6.30am - 10pm)
  • 13 28 29 – Countrylink holiday packages (8am - 8pm Mon to Sat, 10am - 6pm Sunday)
  • +61 2 4907 7501 - If calling from outside Australia

The Country Link Fleet

The Country Link fleet includes trains and coaches:

  • XPT trains - Service greater NSW and interstate destinations including Melbourne, Brisbane, Dubbo and Grafton
  • Xplorer trains - Service greater NSW including Armidale, Broken Hill and Canberra
  • Luxury Coach Services - Provide travel to destinations beyond the train network including Bourke, Lightening Ridge, Tenterfield and Surfers Paradise

All services are air-conditioned.

Train services are equipped with a buffet car, satellite, toilets and electric shaver power points (available in the men's toilet and sleeper berths).

XPT First Class Day Sitter cabins are available on day services (Brisbane to Sydney, Sydney to Casino, Sydney to Grafton, Grafton to Sydney, Melbourne to Sydney or Sydney to Melbourne).

And XPT First Class Sleeper Cabins are available on overnight services (Sydney to Brisbane, Sydney to Melbourne, Melbourne to Sydney and from Casino to Sydney). Note: These must be booked over the phone or by telephone.

Animals are not allowed to travel unless they are assistance animals accompanying people with a disability.

Service Fares

Tickets are available for single and return journeys.

There are 2 economy tickets available:

  • Regular Economy – Reclining seats, foldaway arms, footrests, drop-down tables and service from attendants
  • Economy Saver – These tickets offer the same features of regular economy at discount prices

Several first class options are available:

  • Regular First Class - Extra room, greater reclining seats, foldaway arms, footrests, drop-down tables and service from attendants
  • First Class Saver – These tickets offer the same features of regular first class at discount prices. Not available on all services
  • Day Sitter Cabins – Converted sleeper cabins with 3 seats in each cabin. Fixed seats (may be seated against the direction of travel) not fitted with footrests or headrests, but increased leg room, luggage storage and reading lights
  • Sleeper Cabins - Twinette style cabins with bed linen, towels and toiletries provided, electric shaver power, complimentary breakfast, share toilet and shower facilities and attendant call buttons

Events & Package Holidays

Country Link offers a range of event and holiday packages to NSW and interstate destinations:

  • Day trips packages can include entry to unique events, such as an international art exhibition at the National Gallery in Canberra. Return travel, event entry and station transfers can be included in the price of your train fare.
  • Overnight stays can also include entry to events, such as AFL football games in Melbourne. Return travel, event entry, accommodation, breakfast, tickets to events and station transfers can be included.
  • Package holidays with boutique tours visit some of NSW's coastal and outback areas with accommodation, tours and transfers included.

Some Country Link holidays on offer:

Canberra and South Extended Tours - Summer in the Snowy

A summery excursion through Australia's alpine region.
3 days / 2 nights.

The Riverina - Hanericka Farmstay

A chance to stay and experience a working Australian farm.
3 days / 2 nights.

North Coast Extended Tours - Port Stephens Blue Water Paradise

Includes a dolphin watching cruise, 4 wheel drive tour and wine tasting in the Hunter Valley.
4 days / 3 nights.

Flinders Ranges Farm Experience

A personalised 4WD tour with accommodation in an historic sheep station.
6 days / 5 nights.


For more information about fares, destinations and holiday packages please visit the Country Link website.

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