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To reach the island from Melbourne, take the Princes Freeway (M1) southeast to the South Gippsland Highway (M420), and follow this to the Bass Highway (A420). V/Line runs a combination train and bus service from Southern Cross Station to Cowes (with change at Dandenong railway station), a journey of 3½ hours. If you're on the Mornington Peninsula, there's a regular daily passenger ferry service from Stony Point (which can be reach aboard regular suburban commuter trains via Frankston) to Cowes.