Getting to Phillip Island

Catch a Coach

Forget petrol prices, parking costs and designated drivers. Just sit back, relax in five-star coach comfort, and be driven straight to the track and back again with our Catch a Coach service.

One-way and return trips from Melbourne to Phillip Island are available on Thursday-Monday, plus one-way trips from Phillip Island to Melbourne on Sunday and Monday.

Please note, all Melbourne departures and arrivals are from the Southern Cross Coach Terminal.

SkyBus operates an airport shuttle service between Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) and Southern Cross Station regularly. Please refer to the SkyBus website for more information.

All Catch a Coach services drop off and pick up at Gate 3 on Gap Road at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, with the following exceptions:

  • Thursday one-way service: Drop-off at Gate 1, followed by Cowes V/Line Bus Stop (Thompson Ave/Chapel St)
  • Monday one-way service: Pick-up at Cowes V/Line Bus Stop (Thompson Ave/Chapel St), followed by Gate 1

Search and purchase Catch a Coach tickets here.

A pre-booked wheelchair-accessible bus will operate from Melbourne (Southern Cross Coach Terminal) to Gate 3, departing 7:30am on Friday and 6:45am on Saturday and Sunday of the event, and returning each day. Phone bookings for this service are essential by calling 1800 100 030.

Airport Buses

Airport Bus Dandenong

Airport Bus Dandenong provides an express service from Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and Cowes on the following days:

Date Time Service
Friday 26 October 10:00am Melbourne Airport to Gate 3/Cowes
Saturday 27 October 10:00am Melbourne Airport to Gate 3/Cowes
Sunday 28 October 10:00am Melbourne Airport to Gate 3/Cowes
Sunday 28 October 5:00pm Gate 3 to Melbourne Airport

For more information on this service, including fares, visit airportbusdandenong.com.au/moto-gp.

Please note, Airport Bus Dandenong also provides route services between Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) and Dandenong. This service can link in with the V/Line service from Dandenong to Cowes. Click here for more information.

SkyBus

SkyBus operates at frequent intervals between Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) and Southern Cross Station in the Melbourne CBD. SkyBus can be taken to Southern Cross Station to link up with services to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Location

Linking Service

Information

Melbourne CBD Catch a Coach Catch a Coach
Train to Stony Point Station Interisland Ferry to Cowes Ferry
Train to Dandenong Station V/Line Coach to Cowes Regional Bus

SkyBus tickets are $18 one-way or $36 return. For full Skybus pricing information, timetables and to book tickets, please visit the SkyBus website.

Ferry Services

Western Port Ferries (Stony Point to Cowes)

Passenger ferries operate daily between Stony Point and Cowes.

Online bookings are strongly recommended. For timetables, fares and online bookings, please visit westernportferries.com.au.

Tickets can be purchased at the ferry, but please note these are subject to availability.

Train Services to Stony Point

Stony Point is the terminus point of the Stony Point suburban train line from Frankston.

For train timetables from within the suburban network to Frankston, please use the trip planner on the Public Transport Victoria website.

Click here to download the suburban train map.

Searoad Ferries (Queenscliff to Sorrento)

Travelling from the west of Victoria, cross the southern tip of Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay from Queenscliff to Sorrento. The crossing time is 40 minutes and ferries depart hourly from 7:00am until 6:00pm every day. Phillip Island is a two-hour drive from Sorrento.

For more information, please visit searoad.com.au.

Regional Bus Services

Dandenong to Cowes

V/Line operates a coach service from Dandenong Station to Cowes, linking up with the suburban train line to/from Southern Cross and Flinders Street.

Bookings are essential on 1800 800 007 or by visiting vline.com.au.

For train timetables from within the suburban network to Dandenong, please use the trip planner on the Public Transport Victoria website.

Click here to download the suburban train map.

Cape Paterson/Inverloch/Wonthaggi to Circuit

South Coast Bus operates a service between Cape Paterson/Inverloch/Wonthaggi and Gate 3 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the event.

Bookings are essential. For bookings or more information, please call South Coast Bus on +61 3 5672 1462 or +61 3 5952 2500.

Wonthaggi to Cowes

South Coast Bus also operates a PTV route service from Wonthaggi to Cowes. Bookings not required. For more information on this service, please call South Coast Bus on +61 3 5672 1462 or +61 3 5952 2500.

Train Services

Melbourne Suburban Train Network

Trains can be taken to the following locations to link up with services to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Location

Linking Service

Information

Southern Cross Station Catch a Coach Catch a Coach
Stony Point Station Interisland Ferry to Cowes/Circuit Ferry
Dandenong Station V/Line Coach to Cowes Regional Bus

Click here to download the suburban train map.

For train timetables from within the suburban network, please use the trip planner on the Public Transport Victoria website.

Regional Train Network

Regional V/Line train services connect with the Melbourne suburban network at Southern Cross Station.

Click here to download the regional train map.

For train timetables from within the V/Line network, please use the trip planner on the Public Transport Victoria website.

Ride or Drive

If you are travelling by motorcycle or car from Melbourne, access to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is:

  • via Citylink or Eastlink tollways
  • Monash Freeway
  • South Gippsland Highway
  • Bass Highway to Anderson
  • Phillip Island Tourist Road across to Phillip Island

From the Monash Freeway, signs will clearly identify the route to the circuit, which will include clear directional signs to the circuit parking areas. For regular traffic reports, tune in to 3AW or Triple M radio stations.

For parking information at the Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2018, click here.

At Phillip Island

Grand Prix Shuttle Service

Shuttle service operating to/from the Circuit and the entire Phillip Island/surrounds. There are four Grand Prix Shuttle Services operating from the following locations on Phillip Island to Gate 1 of the Circuit until 7.00pm, and to the Visitor Centre Car Park from 7.00pm.

Service Operating Times Cost    
Cowes Central 7:30am-2:00am $10 single/$15 return* Map Timetable
Cowes West/Ventnor 7:30am-2:00am $10 single/$15 return* Map Timetable
Rhyll/Silverleaves 7:30am-2:00am $10 single/$15 return* Map Timetable
San Remo/Cape Woolamai 7:25am-2:00am $10 single/$15 return* Map Timetable
Evening Service^ 7:00pm-2:00am $10 single/$15 return* Map  Timetable

*Subject to change. ^The evening service will only operate from the Visitor Centre Car Park from 7:00pm, and not from Gate 1.

For patrons wishing to travel to/from the Inverloch and Wonthaggi areas, please contact South Coast Bus Lines directly to book a pre-paid service.

After 12:00am midnight, the Grand Prix Shuttle Service will only pick up passengers in Cowes, at the Bus Terminal in Chapel Street.

The Bus Stop at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is located at Gate 1. Shuttles will pick up and drop off from Gate 1 until 7:00pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

After 7:00pm, the Grand Prix Shuttle Service will pick up and drop off from the Visitor Centre Car Park to cater for campground patrons.

For more information, please call Phillip Island Bus Lines on +61 3 5952 2500.

At the Circuit

Taxis

For taxi service on Phillip Island, please call (03) 5952 2200. The Taxi Rank is located at Gate 1, adjacent to the main Bus Stop. Please note, taxis are in high demand during the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix weekend and long delays may be encountered.

Parking

There are three main public car/motorcycle parks at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Car Park Nearest Facilities
  Gate VIP Grandstand Other
Lukey/Siberia Car Park 3   Siberia, Lukey Heights Troy Bayliss Invitational GP
Patton's Car/Motorcycle Park 1 VIP Village, Motorcycle Clubs, High Octane, Champions Club Stoner Pavilion, Gardner Straight Accreditations Office (VIP, Media, Accreditation Collection)
Circuit Car/Motorcycle Park (incl. Disability and Campground Car Parks) 1 VIP Village, Motorcycle Clubs, High Octane, Champions Club Stoner Pavilion, Doohan Pavilion, Gardner Straight, Bass Strait, The Garage Accreditation Office (VIP, Media, Accreditation Collection), Event Office, Visitor Centre, Campground Ticket Office
Secure Motorcycle Park 7 VIP Village, Motorcycle Clubs, High Octane, Champions Club Doohan Pavilion, Gardner Straight, Bass Strait Accreditation Office (VIP, Media, Accreditation Collection), Event Office, Visitor Centre, Campground Ticket Office

All public parking is paid for upon arrival at the car park (cash only). No purchasing prior to event days is available.

    Vehicle Costs Motorcycle Costs
    Friday Saturday Sunday Friday Saturday Sunday
Lukey/Siberia Car/Motorcycle Car Park Gate 3 $10 $15 $15 $5 $5 $5
Patton’s Car/Motorcycle Car Park Gate 1 $10 $15 $15 $5 $5 $5
Circuit Car Park/Motorcycle Park Gate 1 $10 $15 $15 $5 $5 $5
Secure Motorcycle Park Gate 7 N/A N/A N/A $10 $15 $15

Lukey/Siberia Car/Motorcycle Park

The Lukey/Siberia Car Park is located on the north side of Back Beach Road. Pedestrian access to the circuit is via Gate 3.

The Lukey/Siberia Car Park is in the best location for the Troy Bayliss Invitational GP and Grandstand patrons in the Lukey Heights and Siberia Stands.

Patton's Car/Motorcycle Park

Patton's Car Park is located opposite Gate 1 on the north side of Back Beach Road. Pedestrian access to the circuit is via Gate 1.

Patton's Car Park is the best location for vehicles returning to Cowes along with being the closest parking area to Stoner Pavilion and the Accreditation Office.

Circuit Motorcycle Park

The Circuit Motorcycle Park covers the area between Gates 1 and 7. Vehicles will be directed to park based on return destination – Cowes or Melbourne.

This parking area is closest to facilities such as Gardner Grandstand, Doohan Pavilion, Stoner Pavilion, Motorcycle Clubs, VIP Village, Champions Club and High Octane Club. This will also be the closest parking area for precincts such as the GP Expo, Gardner Village and the National Support Paddock.

The car park for patrons with a disability is located directly outside Gate 7 and the cost is the same as the Circuit Car Park. To park in this car park, the vehicle must display a valid disability parking permit. A Disability Shuttle Stop is located at this car park. For full information for patrons with a disability, please click here.

Campground patrons will be directed to their camping location:

  • Highside Campground vehicles are permitted within the Highside Campground.
  • Trackside Campground vehicles will be directed to a car park adjacent to the campground (a 30-minute unloading period within the campground is permitted). Only motorcycles will be permitted to park in the Trackside Campground. Accredited vehicles will also be located in this parking area and vehicles will be directed to their designated parking location as displayed on the vehicle accreditation sticker.

Secure Motorcycle Park

The Secure Motorcycle Park is located in a fenced area between Gate 1 and Gate 7. Storage of one item is included in the ticket price. Additional items can be securely stored for $3.50 per item.

Leaving Phillip Island

Exit from Circuit to Public Transport

For Catch a Coach and other private and school coaches, please exit via Gate 3 and turn right.

For Phillip Island Shuttle Buses and taxis, please exit via Gate 1 and cross Visitor Centre Drive to the Shuttle Bus Queuing Area.

The Helipad can be accessed by exiting via Gate 7 Pedestrian.

Exit from Circuit to Car Parks

For the Circuit Car Park, please exit via Gate 7 Pedestrian.

For Patton's Car Park, please exit via Gate 1, cross Visitor Centre Drive and follow the signs to Patton's Car Park.

For the Lukey/Siberia Car Park, please exit via Gate 3, turn left and cross Back Beach Road.

When Leaving Car Parks

Please be patient when leaving the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and follow directions from car park staff and Victoria Police.

Circuit Car Park

Cars will be parked upon entry by return destination.

On exit, Cowes-bound vehicles will be directed out via Gate 2 and turned left.

Melbourne-bound vehicles will be directed out via Visitor Centre Drive and turned right.

Patton's Car Park

Cowes-bound vehicles will be directed right out of Patton's Car Park, and Melbourne-bound vehicles will be directed left.

Lukey/Siberia Car Park

All vehicles will be directed left out of the Lukey/Siberia Car Park.

Blue Line Operation

When leaving the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit along Phillip Island Road (east of Back Beach Road) and the Bass Highway, two Melbourne-bound lanes will operate with the aid of special blue line marking.

Please be aware of this blue line operation, keep under the speed limit and obey directions by Victoria Police.

Traffic Updates

Stay tuned to local radio and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix's Facebook and Twitter pages for live traffic updates.

For regular traffic reports, tune in to 3AW or Triple M radio stations.

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