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

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Fly from Melbourne  •  3 h 17 min

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

$61 - $236

Cheapest option

Bus  •  11 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Adelaide Fe70 / ...

$40 - $70

3 alternative options

Fly from Avalon  •  3 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Avalon (AVV) to Adelaide (ADL) AVV - ADL

$81 - $619

Train  •  10 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Adelaide Overland

$55 - $110

Drive  •  8 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Adelaide 453.8 miles

$60 - $95

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Adelaide is to bus which costs $55 - $95 and takes 11 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Adelaide is to fly which costs $80 - $330 and takes 3 h 17 min.

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The distance between Melbourne and Adelaide is 654 km. The road distance is 726.1 km.

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It takes approximately 3 h 17 min to get from Melbourne to Adelaide, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Melbourne and arriving at Adelaide. Services depart once daily, and operate Sunday. The journey takes approximately 11 h 50 min.

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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 Tuesday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 10 h 5 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Adelaide.
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  • Distance: 408.6 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 17 min

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

Qantas, Jetstar and three other airlines fly from Melbourne to Adelaide hourly. Alternatively, PTV Overland operates a train from Melbourne to Adelaide twice a week. Tickets cost $55 - $110 and the journey takes 10 h 5 min.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $440
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Avalon to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $450
Flights from Avalon to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $600
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $370
Train operators
PTV Overland
Email
1800 800 007
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
10 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Ready Rail
$58
Rail Saver
$86 - $91
Red Service
$100 - $110
Red Premium
$135 - $150
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
11 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
V-Line
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to 85 Franklin St
Ave. Duration
11 h 50 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au

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