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

$61 - $236

Cheapest option

Bus  •  11 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Adelaide to Melbourne Fe71

$40 - $55

3 alternative options

Train  •  10 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Adelaide to Southern Cross Overland

$55 - $110

Bus, train  •  12 h 21 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 Bendigo - Melbourne Via Sunbury / ...

$57 - $79

Drive  •  8 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Adelaide to Melbourne 453.9 miles

$60 - $95

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The cheapest way to get from Adelaide to Melbourne is to bus which costs $55 - $70 and takes 11 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Adelaide to Melbourne is to fly which takes 3 h 11 min and costs $80 - $320.

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The distance between Adelaide and Melbourne is 654 km. The road distance is 726 km.

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

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Adelaide and arriving at Melbourne. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 11 h 45 min.

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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.

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

Virgin Australia, Qantas and three other airlines fly from Adelaide to Melbourne hourly. Alternatively, PTV Overland operates a train from Adelaide to Melbourne twice a week. Tickets cost $55 - $110 and the journey takes 10 h 35 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 23 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
$59
Rail Saver
$88 - $94
Red Service
$100 - $115
Red Premium
$140 - $150
V-Line
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Adelaide to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
11 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
V-Line
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
$45 - $65
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au

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