Melbourne Puffing Billy Train Excursion Reviews

Travel through the scenic valley of Melbourne and ride one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world on the Puffing Billy Train.
Very good tour, loved the Blue Mountains, the whole experience was great
Sail Date: February 2019
Very good tour, loved the Blue Mountains, the whole experience was great
Very good tour, loved the Blue Mountains, the whole experience was great Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Fern Gully is magical!
Sail Date: February 2019
Fern Gully is magical! Open air train cars.
Fern Gully is magical! Open air train cars. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Interesting experience.
Sail Date: January 2019
Interesting experience. True steam locomotive and great way to see the countryside. But there will be some coal smoke from the engine.
Interesting experience. True steam locomotive and great way to see the countryside. But there will be some coal smoke from the engine. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
Again a little disappointed in the length of the train ride due to bus schedule.
Sail Date: December 2018
Again a little disappointed in the length of the train ride due to bus schedule.
Again a little disappointed in the length of the train ride due to bus schedule. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Kind of a short ride but pretty scenery
Sail Date: November 2018
Kind of a short ride but pretty scenery
Kind of a short ride but pretty scenery Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Train ride was okay, but crowded and the tracks basically go mostly through housing areas.
Sail Date: February 2018
Train ride was okay, but crowded and the tracks basically go mostly through housing areas. Not very scenic.
Train ride was okay, but crowded and the tracks basically go mostly through housing areas. Not very scenic. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
great time at the picnic grounds feeding the birds we had scones and coffee for morning tea the ...
Sail Date: January 2018
great time at the picnic grounds feeding the birds we had scones and coffee for morning tea the scones were warm and a good size. guide and bus driver both excellent, trip on the puffing billy with fee hanging out of the carriage was a ... Read More
great time at the picnic grounds feeding the birds we had scones and coffee for morning tea the scones were warm and a good size. guide and bus driver both excellent, trip on the puffing billy with fee hanging out of the carriage was a memorable experience Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Long coach trip to the train.
Sail Date: December 2017
Long coach trip to the train. Only 1/2 hour on the train. Scenery was mostly trees and peoples houses. But the steam engine was quaint.
Long coach trip to the train. Only 1/2 hour on the train. Scenery was mostly trees and peoples houses. But the steam engine was quaint. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We have been to Melbourne in the past-so the ride out to the Puffing Billy train was scenic and a ...
Sail Date: October 2017
We have been to Melbourne in the past-so the ride out to the Puffing Billy train was scenic and a delightful ride.
We have been to Melbourne in the past-so the ride out to the Puffing Billy train was scenic and a delightful ride. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This train is a lot of fun.
Sail Date: March 2017
This train is a lot of fun. Beautiful forest.
This train is a lot of fun. Beautiful forest. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
10 minutes to look at the birds.
Sail Date: February 2017
10 minutes to look at the birds. The Puffing Billy is a short ride and without distinguished views of any kind. Avoid this one. Long way from the pier for such a short and indifferent experience
10 minutes to look at the birds. The Puffing Billy is a short ride and without distinguished views of any kind. Avoid this one. Long way from the pier for such a short and indifferent experience Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
(Expectation: When I visited the Puffing Billy with my mother in the past, we were taken on a walk ...
Sail Date: January 2017
(Expectation: When I visited the Puffing Billy with my mother in the past, we were taken on a walk around the surrounds of the stations to hear native birds, explore the rainforest etc, before a long ride through the forest on the steam ... Read More
(Expectation: When I visited the Puffing Billy with my mother in the past, we were taken on a walk around the surrounds of the stations to hear native birds, explore the rainforest etc, before a long ride through the forest on the steam train). Bottom line: This ended up being a US $450 / AUD $600 family trip for a 25 minute train ride! The gory details: The guide for the day, Helmut, when he gave information at all on the bus trip to the Dandenongs, was simply reading from an ipad, and kept dropping the microphone too low for us to hear. We arrived 45 minutes before train was due to depart, but were not told this. We were taken to the platform, given our tickets, and then sat in the stationary train staring at each other for 45 minutes waiting to depart, when we could have been walking in the nearby forest or enjoying morning tea in the cafe. The train finally left, and we rode to the first station (there are 5 in total). We were then ordered off the train, and loaded back on the tour bus, where we sat for 30 minutes staring at each other again. We then drove IN THE BUS following the train to the next 2 stations. No information was given. (It turns out we were looking for the only passenger smart enough to stay on the train !) There was no refreshment or lunch stop - not even a bottle of water. We then drove bak to Melbourne (almost an hour) while the guide sat and looked out the window, givng no history or info at all. When asked "Where are we; what's happening..?" the answer was simply "We are going back to the boat." The a passenger asked to be dropped off in Melbourne City. So ON AUSTRALIA DAY, the bus drove (into traffic gridlock and closed streets due to pubic holiday and parades) in Melbourne CBD to drop him off, then we sat for another hour in the traffic. Still no information was given at any time. (Any Aussie on the bus could have given a better commentary, with info about Melbourne, Governor Philip, Australian history etc, than this guide. We arrived back at the ship 6 hours after we left - from a 25 minute train ride, 45 minutes sitting in a station, 30 minutes sitting in a bus going nowhere, 60 minutes in traffic we were not supposed to be in, and 3 1/2 hours of staring out the bus window at the Melbourne Freeway - no water, no toilet breaks, no commentary. ...and when we lined up with the other passengers from that day to complain to RC guest services, they tried to offer a 10% discount on the cost of the tour! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The train ride war great.
Sail Date: November 2016
The train ride war great. They serve you great high tea food. It was a very nice experience.
The train ride war great. They serve you great high tea food. It was a very nice experience. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Excellent tour.
Sail Date: January 2016
Excellent tour. The guide was a pleasure to spend our day with. Our coach travelled out to the Dandenong ranges where we were able to enjoy a pleasant morning tea in a conservation house in the national park. There was free time available ... Read More
Excellent tour. The guide was a pleasure to spend our day with. Our coach travelled out to the Dandenong ranges where we were able to enjoy a pleasant morning tea in a conservation house in the national park. There was free time available to see the gift shop, walk around the national grounds (seeing the beautiful trees and wildlife) or feed the cockatoos. Then we embarked the Puffing Billy which was well-coordinated and a spirited adventure. Very much enjoyed the time on board the steam train travelling through the country side. We returned to the coach on the highway seeing some major landmarks from afar. Highly recommend! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This excursion included a stop at the Puffing Billy Train where we boarded for a short ride through ...
Sail Date: February 2013
This excursion included a stop at the Puffing Billy Train where we boarded for a short ride through some beautiful scenery on an old fashion steam locomotive driven train. Boarding our coach at the end of the ride, we headed to a local ... Read More
This excursion included a stop at the Puffing Billy Train where we boarded for a short ride through some beautiful scenery on an old fashion steam locomotive driven train. Boarding our coach at the end of the ride, we headed to a local winery where we had a wine tasting session and then a very nice meal. Our final stop was the Healesville Sanctuary Zoo where we had time to walk around and see some of the native animal. A guide was assigned to each group, and he/she gave information on the history of the animals kept at the zoo. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Seabourn Cruise Line
Fun but a very short and quick train ride only.
Sail Date: March 2012
Fun but a very short and quick train ride only. Crowds of people when we were there. It includes a pretty good city tour.
Fun but a very short and quick train ride only. Crowds of people when we were there. It includes a pretty good city tour. Read Less
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