There are 7 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.

Recommended option

Fly to Proserpine, bus  •  7 h 2 min

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

$181 - $503

6 alternative options

Fly to Hamilton Island, bus  •  8 h 27 min

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

$205 - $504

Fly to Mackay, train  •  9 h 20 min

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

$202 - $630

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

$292 - $561

Bus, train  •  47 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Sydney
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Bowen

$252 - $385

Bus  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Gundagai
  2. Take the bus from Gundagai Coach Stop, Sheridan St to Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay 724
  3. Take the bus from Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay to Dubbo Station, Coach Bay 791
  4. Take the bus from Dubbo Station, Coach Bay to Tamworth Station, Coach Stop 361
  5. Take the bus from Tamworth to Brisbane
  6. Take the bus from Brisbane to Bowen

$286 - $431

Drive  •  29 h 28 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Bowen 1569.1 miles

$220 - $330

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 Gundagai, Gundagai Coach Stop, Sheridan St, Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay, Dubbo Station, Coach Bay, Tamworth Station, Coach Stop, Tamworth, and Brisbane in around 2 days 1 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Brisbane, Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $800
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$160 - $250
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Mackay to Bowen
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Bowen
Ave. Duration
14 h 54 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $230
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$225
B-Quick
$124
XPT
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Central Station
Ave. Duration
11 h 8 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $180
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $85
First
$85 - $120
Sleeper
$150 - $180
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
$95 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$95 - $140
1st Class
$130 - $190
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Proserpine to Bowen
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $24
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$9 - $13
Flexifare
$17 - $24
Bus from Airlie Beach to Bowen
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $20
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$6 - $10
Flexifare
$14 - $20
Bus from Brisbane to Bowen
Ave. Duration
19 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$110 - $190
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$110 - $160
Flexifare
$130 - $190
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Gundagai
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Gundagai Coach Stop, Sheridan St to Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Bus from Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay to Dubbo Station, Coach Bay
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Bus from Dubbo Station, Coach Bay to Tamworth Station, Coach Stop
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Melbourne and Bowen is 2005 km. The road distance is 2511 km.

The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Bowen is to fly and train which costs $260 - $850 and takes 9 h 20 min.

The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Bowen is to fly and bus which takes 7 h 2 min and costs $240 - $700.

No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Bowen. However, there are services departing from Melbourne and arriving at Bowen via Gundagai Coach Stop, Sheridan St, Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay, Dubbo Station, Coach Bay, Tamworth and Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 1 h.

It takes approximately 7 h 2 min to get from Melbourne to Bowen, including transfers.