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

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Fly  •  2 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Canberra (CBR) to Melbourne (MEL) CBR - MEL

$76 - $265

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Bus V-Line, train  •  9 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave to Albury Melbourne - Canberra Via Albury
  2. Take the train from Albury to Southern Cross Melbourne - Albury Via Seymour

$42 - $59

3 alternative options

Bus  •  8 h

  1. Take the bus from Canberra to Melbourne Gx233

$50 - $95

Bus, train XPT  •  9 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row to Yass Junction, Coach Bay 781
  2. Take the train from Yass Junction to Southern Cross 621 / ...

$46 - $148

Drive  •  6 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Canberra to Melbourne 405.3 miles

$55 - $85

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Canberra and arriving at Melbourne. Services depart three times a day. The journey takes approximately 8 h.

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The distance between Canberra and Melbourne is 466 km. The road distance is 648.5 km.

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The best way to get from Canberra to Melbourne without a car is to bus which takes 8 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 51 min to get from Canberra to Melbourne, including transfers.

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Canberra to Melbourne bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Canberra station.

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The best way to get from Canberra to Melbourne is to fly which takes 2 h 51 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 8 h.

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The quickest flight from Canberra Airport to Melbourne Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Canberra to Melbourne bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Melbourne station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Canberra to Melbourne is 648 km. It takes approximately 6 h 48 min to drive from Canberra to Melbourne.

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Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Canberra Airport to Melbourne Airport.

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Map of how to get from Canberra to Melbourne.
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  • Distance: 291.5 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 51 min

What companies run services between Canberra, ACT, Australia and Melbourne, VIC, Australia?

Qantas, Tigerair Australia and Virgin Australia fly from Canberra to Melbourne hourly. Alternatively, Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Canberra to Melbourne 3 times a day. Tickets cost $50 - $95 and the journey takes 8 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Canberra to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Canberra to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $480
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Canberra to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $400
Train operators
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 Albury to Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
XPT
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Yass Junction to Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
7 h 8 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $140
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$40 - $60
First
$60 - $80
Sleeper
$120 - $140
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Canberra to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$50 - $75
Flexifare
$65 - $95
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 Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave to Albury
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row to Yass Junction, Coach Bay
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info

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