Transportation

Shuttle in Ballarat

Hopshuttle

A new initiative trialed in Ballarat is this free weekend shuttle service running between Ballarat's major sights. It's bookable only via their app, which you'll need to download first.
Bus in Ballarat

V/Line

V/Line has frequent direct trains between Melbourne (Southern Cross Station) and Ballarat (from $14.42, 1½ hours, 28 daily) and at least three services from Geelong ($10.20, 1½ hours)
Bus in Ballarat

Firefly

Runs buses between Adelaide ($60, 8¾ hours, departs Adelaide 8.15pm) and Melbourne ($50, 1¾ hours), stopping in Ballarat if you ask the driver.
Bus in Ballarat

Airport Shuttle Bus

Goes direct from Melbourne Airport to Ballarat train station (adult/child $35/17, 1½ hours, 12 daily, seven on weekends).