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

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Fly  •  2 h 2 min

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

$60 - $260

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Train, bus  •  10 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Broadmeadows to Yass Junction 622 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Yass Junction, Coach Bay to Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row 782

$48 - $151

3 alternative options

Bus Greyhound Australia  •  9 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Canberra Gx322 / ...

$63 - $108

Bus Firefly Express  •  10 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Gundagai Fe31
  2. Take the bus from Tourist Information Centre/249 Sheridan St to Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave Canberra - Melbourne Via Albury

$58 - $73

Drive  •  6 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Canberra 402.1 miles

$55 - $85

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Canberra is to bus which costs $80 - $110 and takes 10 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Canberra is to fly which costs $85 - $360 and takes 2 h 2 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Canberra. However, there are services departing from Melbourne Airport T1 Skybus/Arrival Dr and arriving at Canberra via Melbourne. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 25 min.

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The distance between Melbourne Airport (MEL) and Canberra is 466 km. The road distance is 643.4 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Canberra without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 25 min and costs $85 - $160.

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It takes approximately 2 h 2 min to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Canberra, including transfers.

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Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Canberra bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Melbourne station.

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The best way to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Canberra is to fly which takes 2 h 2 min and costs $85 - $360. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $85 - $160 and takes 9 h 25 min.

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Canberra Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Canberra bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Canberra station.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Canberra.
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  • Distance: 291 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 2 min

What companies run services between Melbourne Airport (MEL), Australia and Canberra, ACT, Australia?

Qantas, Virgin Australia and Tigerair Australia fly from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Canberra hourly. Alternatively, Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Canberra twice daily. Tickets cost $50 - $95 and the journey takes 8 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $480
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $400
Train operators
XPT
Phone
132 232
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Broadmeadows to Yass Junction
Ave. Duration
6 h 49 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $140
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$40 - $55
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 Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $95
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$50 - $75
Flexifare
$65 - $95
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Yass Junction, Coach Bay to Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Gundagai
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $45
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 Tourist Information Centre/249 Sheridan St to Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Canberra is 643 km. It takes approximately 6 h 38 min to drive from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Canberra.

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

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There are 149+ hotels available in Canberra. Prices start at $86 USD per night.

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