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There are 8 ways to get from Melbourne to Bowen by plane, bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to Proserpine, bus  •  6 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Proserpine (PPP) MEL - PPP
  2. Take the bus from Proserpine to Bowen

$177 - $497

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Fly to Townsville, bus  •  8 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Townsville (TSV) MEL - TSV
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Bowen

$175 - $353

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Fly to Hamilton Island, bus  •  8 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Hamilton Island (HTI) MEL - HTI
  2. Take the bus from Airlie Beach to Bowen

$199 - $472

Fly to Mackay, bus  •  9 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Mackay (MKY) MEL - MKY
  2. Take the bus from Mackay to Bowen

$185 - $620

Train  •  42 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Central Station 622 / ...
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Bowen

$272 - $530

Bus  •  2 days 2 h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Sydney
  2. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Bowen

$208 - $361

Bus via Hornsby Station, Stand F  •  2 days 5 h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Parramatta
  2. Take the bus from Hornsby to Brisbane
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Bowen

$240 - $365

Drive  •  29 h 28 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Bowen 1569.1 miles

$220 - $330

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Bowen is to fly and bus which costs $240 - $500 and takes 8 h 58 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Bowen is to fly and bus which costs $240 - $700 and takes 6 h 57 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Bowen. However, there are services departing from Melbourne and arriving at Bowen via Sydney and Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 2 h.

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The distance between Melbourne and Bowen is 2005 km. The road distance is 2510.5 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Bowen without a car is to train which takes 42 h 20 min and costs $380 - $750.

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It takes approximately 6 h 57 min to get from Melbourne to Bowen, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Bowen is to train which takes 42 h 20 min and costs $380 - $750. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $290 - $550 and takes 2 days 2 h.

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Proserpine Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 55 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Bowen.
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  • Distance: 1253 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 57 min

What companies run services between Melbourne, VIC, Australia and Bowen, QLD, Australia?

You can take a train from Melbourne to Bowen via Central Station, Brisbane, Brisbane Roma Street, and Bowen in around 42 h 20 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Melbourne to Bowen via Sydney and Brisbane in around 2 days 2 h.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$160 - $250
Airnorth
Website
flyairnorth.com
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Toowoomba
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Train operators
XPT
Phone
132 232
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Central Station
Ave. Duration
11 h 8 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $170
Book at
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $80
First
$80 - $110
Sleeper
$140 - $170
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Bowen
Ave. Duration
14 h 54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $220
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$213
B-Quick
$117
Bus operators
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.

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Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Proserpine to Bowen
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$8 - $22
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$8 - $13
Flexifare
$16 - $22
Bus from Airlie Beach to Bowen
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $19
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$6 - $10
Flexifare
$13 - $19
Bus from Mackay to Bowen
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $40
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$18 - $27
Flexifare
$27 - $40
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
16 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$80 - $120
Flexifare
$95 - $140
Bus from Brisbane to Bowen
Ave. Duration
19 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$100 - $170
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$100 - $150
Flexifare
$120 - $170
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Bowen
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $30
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Hornsby to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Bowen
Ave. Duration
21 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $180
Website
Premier Motor Service
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
11 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Parramatta
Ave. Duration
10 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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Bowen is 1 h behind Melbourne. It is currently 11:46 AM in Melbourne and 10:46 AM in Bowen.

Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Bowen is 2511 km. It takes approximately 29 h 28 min to drive from Melbourne to Bowen.

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

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There are 24+ hotels available in Bowen. Prices start at $71 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 $18.

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