• Our partners include:

  • Booking.com
  • Skyscanner
  • Airbnb
  • Expedia
  • Uber
  • Rentalcars.com

There are 5 ways to get from Adelaide to Melbourne by plane, bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly  •  3 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Adelaide (ADL) to Melbourne (MEL) ADL - MEL

$60 - $235

Cheapest option

Bus  •  9 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Adelaide to Melbourne Fe81 / ...

$40 - $50

3 alternative options

Train  •  10 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Adelaide to Southern Cross Overland

$55 - $110

Bus, train  •  12 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from 85 Franklin St to Bendigo Station/Railway Pl Melbourne - Adelaide Via Bendigo & Nhill
  2. Take the train from Bendigo to Southern Cross Melbourne - Bendigo Via Sunbury / ...

$53 - $74

Drive  •  8 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Adelaide to Melbourne 453.9 miles

$60 - $95

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Adelaide to Melbourne is to bus which costs $55 - $70 and takes 9 h 50 min.

More details

The quickest way to get from Adelaide to Melbourne is to fly which costs $85 - $340 and takes 3 h 11 min.

More details

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Adelaide and arriving at Melbourne. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h 50 min.

More details

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Adelaide and arriving at Southern Cross. Services depart twice a week, and operate Monday and Friday. The journey takes approximately 10 h 35 min.

More details

The distance between Adelaide and Melbourne is 654 km. The road distance is 726.2 km.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Adelaide to Melbourne without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 50 min and costs $55 - $70.

More details

It takes approximately 3 h 11 min to get from Adelaide to Melbourne, including transfers.

More details

Adelaide to Melbourne bus services, operated by Firefly Express, depart from Adelaide station.

More details

Adelaide to Melbourne train services, operated by PTV Overland, depart from Adelaide station.

More details

The best way to get from Adelaide to Melbourne is to fly which takes 3 h 11 min and costs $85 - $340. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $55 - $70 and takes 9 h 50 min, you could also train, which costs $75 - $150 and takes 10 h 35 min.

Mode details

Map of how to get from Adelaide to Melbourne.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 408.6 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 11 min

What companies run services between Adelaide, SA, Australia and Melbourne, VIC, Australia?

Tigerair Australia, Jetstar and three other airlines fly from Adelaide to Melbourne hourly. Alternatively, Firefly Express operates a bus from Adelaide to Melbourne twice daily. Tickets cost $40 - $50 and the journey takes 9 h 50 min.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Adelaide to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $440
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Adelaide to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Adelaide to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $430
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Adelaide to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $370
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Adelaide to Melbourne via Mildura
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Adelaide to Melbourne via Mount Gambier
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Train operators
PTV Overland
Email
1800 800 007
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Adelaide to Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
10 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Ready Rail
$57
Rail Saver
$84 - $90
Red Service
$95 - $110
Red Premium
$130 - $145
V-Line

V/Line is the largest provider of passenger rail and coach services in regional Victoria, Australia. Train and coach services cater to destinations across regional areas from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne city. Myki is used for travel to and from V/Line stations located between Melbourne and Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour, while paper tickets must be used on long distance services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have meal trays, larger reclining seats with more leg room, and approximately 52 seats in each carriage, compared to 88 in Economy Class.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Train from Bendigo to Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Adelaide to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
9 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
V-Line

V/Line is the largest provider of passenger rail and coach services in regional Victoria, Australia. Train and coach services cater to destinations across regional areas from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne city. Myki is used for travel to and from V/Line stations located between Melbourne and Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour, while paper tickets must be used on long distance services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have meal trays, larger reclining seats with more leg room, and approximately 52 seats in each carriage, compared to 88 in Economy Class.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Bus from 85 Franklin St to Bendigo Station/Railway Pl
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au

Want to know more about travelling around Australia

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

More Questions & Answers

The quickest flight from Adelaide Airport to Melbourne Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

Search flights

Adelaide to Melbourne bus services, operated by Firefly Express, arrive at Melbourne station.

More details

Melbourne is 30 min ahead of Adelaide. It is currently 12:12 AM in Adelaide and 12:42 AM in Melbourne.

Adelaide to Melbourne train services, operated by PTV Overland, arrive at Southern Cross station.

More details

Yes, the driving distance between Adelaide to Melbourne is 726 km. It takes approximately 8 h 2 min to drive from Adelaide to Melbourne.

Get driving directions

Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, Regional Express and two other airlines offer flights from Adelaide Airport to Melbourne Airport.

Search flights

There are 1986+ hotels available in Melbourne. Prices start at $81 USD per night.

More details

The best way to get from Adelaide to Adelaide Airport is to bus which takes 18 min and costs $4.

More details