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

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Fly  •  4h 25m

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

$250 - $696

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Bus  •  32h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Adelaide Fe80 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs Gx580

$162 - $275

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  35h 26m

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Kyneton
  2. Take the bus from Kyneton to 85 Franklin St
  3. Take the bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs

$171 - $283

Train  •  36h 35m

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

$396 - $805

Drive  •  23h 21m

  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 $220 - $390 and takes 32h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Alice Springs is to fly which costs $350 - $1,000 and takes 4h 25m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Alice Springs. However, there are services departing from Melbourne and arriving at Alice Springs via Adelaide. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 32h 45m.

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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 36h 35m.

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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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The best way to get from Melbourne to Alice Springs without a car is to bus which takes 32h 45m and costs $220 - $390.

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It takes approximately 4h 25m to get from Melbourne to Alice Springs, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Alice Springs is to fly which takes 4h 25m and costs $350 - $1,000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $220 - $390 and takes 32h 45m, you could also train, which costs $550 - $1,200 and takes 36h 35m.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Alice Springs.
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  • Distance: 1181.3 miles
  • Duration: 4h 25m

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 Adelaide in around 32h 45m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Train operators
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
Train from Southern Cross to Kyneton
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
PTV Overland
Email
1800 800 007
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
10h 5m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
Public Transport Victoria
Ready Rail
$57
Rail Saver
$84 - $90
Red Service
$95 - $110
Red Premium
$130 - $145
Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Adelaide Parklands to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
25h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$340 - $700
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Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$346
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$636
Low Gold Single Cabin
$697
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$825
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
10h 15m
Frequency
Twice 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
11h 50m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Bus from Kyneton to 85 Franklin St
Ave. Duration
10h 50m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
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 Adelaide to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
21h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Alice Springs Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 50m.

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Melbourne to Alice Springs bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Alice Springs station.

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Alice Springs is 1h 30m behind Melbourne. It is currently 8:41 AM in Melbourne and 7:11 AM in Alice Springs.

Melbourne to Alice Springs train services, operated by Great Southern Rail - The Ghan, arrive at Alice Springs station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Alice Springs is 2256 km. It takes approximately 23h 21m to drive from Melbourne to Alice Springs.

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Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Alice Springs Airport.

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There are 28+ hotels available in Alice Springs. Prices start at $49 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Melbourne Airport is to bus which takes 20m and costs $18.

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