Getting to Phillip Island
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.
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.
|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.
Western Port Ferries (Stony Point to Cowes)
Passenger ferries operate daily between Stony Point and Cowes.
A MotoGP™ Ferry/Shuttle Package is available which includes return ferry travel and shuttle to/from the circuit.
This package must be booked online and is not available for purchase onboard the ferries. Conditions apply.
For ferry tickets only, we strongly recommend booking online to avoid missing out.
For timetables, fares online bookings and the MotoGP™ package please visit westernportferries.com.au.
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.
Melbourne Suburban Train Network
Trains can be taken to the following locations to link up with services to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
|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.
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.
The quickest and easiest way to get to the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2018 is by helicopter! Charter helicopter flights from Melbourne direct to the Phillip Island Circuit can be booked through our chosen provider – Professional Helicopter Services (PHS). Save time by beating the traffic and trying to find a park, let them drop you directly at the gate – travel time is less than an hour.
Helicopter Price List*
|Moorabbin Airport to Phillip Island Circuit||Price|
|One way transfer deal (per person)||$435|
|Return transfer deal (per person)||$535|
|Melbourne CBD to Phillip Island Circuit||Price|
|One way transfer deal (per person)||$585|
|Return transfer deal (per person)||$820|
All prices include GST. *Prices are subject to change
To book helicopter flights from the locations above, or any other location within Victoria, please call PHS on 03 9580 7433.
The helipad at the circuit is located to the West of Gate 7.
For those who wish to fly their own helicopter to the circuit, you must register through Professional Helicopter Services using the form attached. Click here to view the Helicopter Landing Registration Form.
Landing fees* are as follows:
- 3 seater - $105 per landing
- 4 seater - $140 per landing
- 5 seater - $175 per landing
- 6 seater - $210 per landing
- 7 seater - $245 per landing
All prices above include GST. *Prices are subject to change
Get to and from the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2018 from the Melbourne CBD in under 90 minutes and skip The Island traffic coming home.
This all-inclusive product is by far the most cost and time-efficient method to get to and from The Island.
Our coach departing Southern Cross Station Coach Terminal at 8.30am Saturday and 7.45am Sunday will transfer you to our pre-arranged helicopter landing site, where you will then fly right into the heart of the action at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Click here to find out more.
At Phillip Island
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.
|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|
|Inverloch/Wonthaggi||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.
Tickets are $90 per person and can be purchased from the Helipad (Grid Ref: H14), or from the Scenic Helicopter Flights site within the GP Expo (Grid Ref: J10).
Holders of a voucher for the Scenic Flights can also catch a ride to the Helipad via the VIP Hospitality Shuttle.
Scenic flights take approximately 6–9 minutes completing 2 laps of the circuit.
This is not a pre-booked service. Patrons must present to the Helipad when they wish to take their scenic flight.
At the Circuit
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.
There are three main public car/motorcycle parks at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
|Car Park||Nearest Facilities|
|Lukey/Siberia Car Park||3||Siberia, Lukey Heights||The Clubhouse|
|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|
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|
|Lukey/Siberia Car/Motorcycle Car Park||Gate 3||$15||$15||$15||$10||$10||$10|
|Patton’s Car/Motorcycle Car Park||Gate 1||$15||$15||$15||$10||$10||$10|
|Circuit Car Park/Motorcycle Park||Gate 1||$15||$15||$15||$10||$10||$10|
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 Clubhouse 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.
Leaving Phillip Island
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.
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.
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.
For regular traffic reports, tune in to 3AW or Triple M radio stations.