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Puffing Billy Tickets (Timetable, Prices & Packages) 2019

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Puffing Billy is one of Australia’s most well-known and beloved railways. Located in the Dandenong Ranges, near Melbourne, this 3 foot, Victorian-era coach has been departing from its base of operations at Belgrave Station for the past 100 years.

To this day, tourists from all over the world come to Belgrave station to purchase their tickets and catch a ride on this famous Victorian railway. With the Puffing Billy train still in such great condition, this comes as no surprise.

Its popularity as one of the top Australia activities comes from its authenticity. The railway has been restored to preserve this small piece of Australian heritage, with a specific emphasis on its first years in operation. An authentic 1920s train in motion makes for a novel sight.

There are many scenes along the track for viewers to see, and numerous attractions and activities to make use of along the way. Here, we list just a couple of packages on offer when visiting the Puffing Billy Railway.

Highlights:

  • 18.2 miles on an authentic 1920s train
  • The Dandenong Ranges
  • Preserved Australian culture and heritage

Know before you book:

  • Book online to miss the queues
  • Make use of the luncheon and/or dinner options
  • Special occasions can be celebrated with a themed train ride

Puffing Billy's famous Trestle BridgeSpanning the full 18 miles located between Belgrave and Gembrook, this Victorian-era railway winds like a snake in the wilderness. From the carriages it pulls to the track itself, you’ll think you’ve gone back in time with a ride on the Puffing Billy railway.

Traveling through the mountains, with the forests and farmlands for company, you’re never short for spectacular sights and sounds. For some, this is the best way to see this side of the world, and we’re inclined to agree.

Emerald Lake and Menzies Creek make for picturesque landscapes. And towns such as Emerald and Gemsbrook provide interesting lessons in Australian history and heritage.

With the option of lunch and/or dinner experiences, you know you’ll be treated to a luxurious cabin experience. And, if you time it right, on the last Saturday of every month, you could catch the local market at Gembrook station.

The Puffing Billy railway is one of Melbourne’s greatest getaways from the modern city. Here, you can find a gateway into the past as well as into nature. You’ll also get an authentic “Aussie” experience unlike any other.

Puffing Billy Ticket Prices 2019

A Puffing Billy railway ticket has two options. Departure either from Belgrave ($78.50 USD) or Emerald ($61 USD), with both arriving at Gembrook.

There are also more elaborate tour options available, for those looking to add to their experience. You can compare some of these options and Puffing Billy prices below:

TimesPuffing Billy Steam Train

Puffing Billy times follow a strict roster for departure and arrivals. This daily schedule begins on a normal day at 10:30 am, with finals call at 2:30 pm.

The Puffing Billy timetable is laid out on a yearly timetable and is split between 6-month seasonal periods, only closing for Christmas.

Monday – Sunday: 10:30am – 2:30pm

Best Time to Go

The majority of visitors have agreed that the Australian spring (September to November) is the best time to visit the Puffing Billy railway. This is partially due to the fact the majority of the wilderness will be in bloom and you’re likely to enjoy spectacular views.

This could also be due to the weather at this time being mostly clear, and the famously high Australian temperatures not appearing yet. It’s also not as chilly as it is in winter, which is a plus, considering the open-top carriages.

Travel Tip: Puffing Billy bookings are best done online, so as to miss the queues at the station’s ticket office.

Puffing Billy Railway Options and Packages

Puffing Billy steam train offers a pleasant variety of tour options for you to choose from, whether you enjoy a simple train ride through the forests or a trip to surrounding homesteads.

Below you’ll find our personal favorite selections that we think are great choices for you.

Halfday Puffing Billy TourView of Dandenong Valley

Get a taste of the old colonial background hidden in the outskirts of Melbourne. After a brief stop at Grant’s on Sherbrooke for an old-fashioned tea and scones break, you’ll make your way to Belgrave for the start of an iconic journey.

Here, you’ll learn about the history of the locomotive station, and how it operates. Once onboard, you’ll spend the next few hours traveling the Dandenong Mountains with its awesome views. After being dropped off at Menzies, you’ll be taken by coach back to your original pick-up point.

This tour is well-suited for couples and families alike, with the trip being historical and the train exciting to see.

What we liked: Perfect for a morning of classy tea and spectacular views.

INCLUDES:
  • Professional driver and guide
  • Scones and tea at Grant’s
  • Train fare from Belgrave to Menzies Creek

EXCLUDES:
  • Additional meals and snacks
  • Full ride to Gembrook
  • Stops at Emerald

Whether it’s due to time constraints or personal preference, this tour is great for those looking to free up their day. With the train going straight to Menzies, and the tour only being 5 hours or so, you can be guaranteed a scenic and enjoyable half-day trip.

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Puffing Billy Full-Day TourYoung koala bear at Healesville

If you’re looking to spend an entire day away from Melbourne and really take in that fresh, mountainous air, then we suggest you make use of this full-day Puffing Billy tour.

Not only will your day be filled with train rides and scenic mountainous views, but you’ll also spend your time exploring the local wildlife and natural habitats.

With this tour offering a trip over the famous trestle bridge, to Healesville Sanctuary, you can be assured it’s a trip suited for the whole family. From Tasmanian Devils to Koalas and Wombats, you don’t get more naturally Australian than this.

What we liked: Great if you’re interested in spending your day with Australian wildlife.

INCLUDES:
  • Experienced local guide
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Belgrave to Menzies train fare

EXCLUDES:
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities
  • Full train fare to Gembrook

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Your day will be jam-packed with a variety of different things to keep you entertained. From the morning tours filled with history and culture to the train ride, and then an afternoon of wildlife and nature.

Healesville Sanctuary boasts a multitude of indigenous Australian animals. By experiencing their natural habitats via traveling through them, your connection to these mammals will only grow stronger.

Puffing Billy on the railway

7.8Expert Score
A trip on the Puffing Billy railway is a journey into Australia’s colonial past. From the tea and scones to the old Victorian-era carriages, you are guaranteed an authentic blast from the past like never before. With the variety on offer and the regular daily schedule, there’s no shortage of opportunity here.
Comfort
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Location
9
Value for money
7
Convenience
7
Fun
8
Level of activity
8
PROS
  • Authentic themed tour
  • Scenic mountain views
  • Transportation to and from Melbourne
CONS
  • Prices can be on the higher end
  • Does not offer the full railway trip
  • Food is not provided

Specification: Puffing Billy Tickets (Timetable, Prices & Packages) 2019

Accessible

Not wheelchair accessible

Duration

5 hours, 7 – 8 hours

Includes

Admission tickets, Professional guide, Transport

Excludes

Food, Gratuities

Meals & Drinks

Meals not included (available for purchase)

Pickup

Pick-up and drop-off included

Suitable For

Couples, Families, Families with older children, Solo travelers

72 reviews for Puffing Billy Tickets (Timetable, Prices & Packages) 2019

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  1. Anonymous

    It was a great experience to do and would recommend it to other to do if they were to go to the area.

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  2. Anonymous

    Puffing billy was cool and worth the trip. The bird feeding part should not be your main concern for this trip as the bird feeding is not so large. Our guide and bus driver Dan was friendly and helpful. The tour ends at 1pm so you will have plenty time to spend for the rest of the sunshine in the afternoon. Good arranagment overall.

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  3. Anonymous

    Loved the steam ride through the picturesque wooded bushlands. The town had lots to see, in the short time available, especially the tea shop. It was a great half day tour

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  4. Anonymous

    Went on this trip many years ago and decided to go again when in Australia in May. Very enjoyable trip worth a visit if you like the old steam trains

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