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

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Fly from Melbourne  •  3h 15m

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

$82 - $312

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Bus  •  10h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Adelaide Fe80 / ...

$55 - $110

3 alternative options

Bus to Avalon, fly  •  3h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne Southern Cross to Avalon Airport (AVV)
  2. Fly from Avalon (AVV) to Adelaide (ADL) AVV - ADL

$82 - $208

Train  •  10h 30m

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Adelaide Overland

$75 - $150

Drive  •  8h 4m

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Adelaide 725.5 km

$80 - $130

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Adelaide is to bus which costs $55 - $110 and takes 10h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Adelaide is to fly which costs $80 - $320 and takes 3h 15m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Melbourne and arriving at Adelaide. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10h 15m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Southern Cross and arriving at Adelaide. Services depart twice a week, and operate Monday and Friday. The journey takes approximately 10h 30m.

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The distance between Melbourne and Adelaide is 654 km. The road distance is 725.5 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Adelaide without a car is to bus which takes 10h 15m and costs $55 - $110.

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It takes approximately 3h 15m to get from Melbourne to Adelaide, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Adelaide is to fly which takes 3h 15m and costs $80 - $320. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $55 - $110 and takes 10h 15m, you could also train, which costs $75 - $150 and takes 10h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Adelaide.
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  • Distance: 653.7 km
  • Duration: 3h 15m

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

Qantas, Virgin Australia and two other airlines fly from Melbourne to Adelaide hourly. Alternatively, Firefly Express operates a bus from Melbourne to Adelaide twice daily. Tickets cost $55 - $65 and the journey takes 10h 15m. V-Line also services this route once a week.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $1,000
Flights from Melbourne to Adelaide via Mount Gambier
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $1,000
Flights from Avalon to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $180
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $300
Flights from Avalon to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $180
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Adelaide via Mount Gambier
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Train operators
PTV Overland
Bus operators
Skybus
Phone
+61 3 9335 2811
Email
info@skybus.com.au
Website
skybus.com.au
Bus from Melbourne Southern Cross to Avalon Airport (AVV)
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$18 - $24
Website
Skybus
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
10h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $65
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
V-Line

V/Line provides passenger rail and coach services to regional destinations across Victoria, Australia. Services go to/from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne. 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 coach travel and long-distance train services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have tray tables and larger reclining seats with more leg room.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to 85 Franklin St
Ave. Duration
11h 50m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$80 - $110
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Off Peak
$80 - $110

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Adelaide Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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

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Adelaide is 30 min behind Melbourne. It is currently 8:59 PM in Melbourne and 8:29 PM in Adelaide.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Adelaide is 726 km. It takes approximately 8h 4m to drive from Melbourne to Adelaide.

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Regional Express, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Adelaide Airport.

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There are 666+ hotels available in Adelaide. Prices start at $125 AUD per night.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Melbourne Airport is to bus which takes 30 min and costs $18.

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