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

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Recommended option

Fly  •  4 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Alice Springs (ASP) MEL - ASP

$246 - $691

Cheapest option

Bus  •  33 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Adelaide Fe70
  2. Take the bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs Gx580

$173 - $271

3 alternative options

Bus via 85 Franklin St  •  33 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to 85 Franklin St Melbourne - Adelaide Via Bendigo & Nhill
  2. Take the bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs Gx580

$185 - $296

Train  •  36 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Adelaide Overland
  2. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Alice Springs The Ghan

$418 - $860

Drive  •  23 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Alice Springs 1410.3 miles

$200 - $290

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Alice Springs is to bus which costs $230 - $370 and takes 33 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Alice Springs is to fly which costs $330 - $950 and takes 4 h 30 min.

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The distance between Melbourne and Alice Springs is 1890 km. The road distance is 2256.5 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 30 min to get from Melbourne to Alice Springs, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Alice Springs. However, there are services departing from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St and arriving at Alice Springs via Adelaide. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Melbourne to Alice Springs. However, there are services departing from Southern Cross and arriving at Alice Springs via Adelaide Parklands. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 36 h 35 min.

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What companies run services between Melbourne, VIC, Australia and Alice Springs, NT, Australia?

Qantas and Virgin Australia fly from Melbourne to Alice Springs every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Melbourne to Alice Springs via 85 Franklin St and Adelaide in around 33 h 20 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
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
$59
Rail Saver
$88 - $94
Red Service
$100 - $110
Red Premium
$140 - $150
Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Adelaide Parklands to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
25 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$360 - $750
Schedules at
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$361
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$663
Low Gold Single Cabin
$727
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$861
Bus operators
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
$55 - $80
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$150 - $220
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 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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