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

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Bus  •  11 h 50 min

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

$40 - $70

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

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Adelaide without a car is to train which takes 10 h 5 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 17 min 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 3 h 17 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 10 h 5 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 11 h 50 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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Melbourne to Adelaide bus services, operated by Firefly Express, arrive at Adelaide station.

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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 24 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
$65 - $420
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
$57
Rail Saver
$85 - $90
Red Service
$95 - $110
Red Premium
$135 - $145
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

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 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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Adelaide is 30 min behind Melbourne. It is currently 5:12 PM in Melbourne and 4:42 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 8 h 2 min to drive from Melbourne to Adelaide.

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

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There are 384+ hotels available in Adelaide. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Melbourne Airport is to bus which takes 20 min and costs .

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