There are 5 ways to get from Melbourne to Canberra 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  •  3 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Canberra (CBR) MEL - CBR

$73 - $273

Cheapest option

Train, bus V-Line  •  9 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Albury Albury - Melbourne Via Seymour
  2. Take the bus from Albury to Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave Melbourne - Canberra Via Albury

$44 - $63

3 alternative options

Bus  •  8 h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Canberra

$55 - $95

Train XPT, bus  •  9 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Yass Junction 622 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Yass Junction, Coach Bay to Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row 782

$52 - $154

Drive  •  6 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Canberra 406.6 miles

$55 - $85

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Canberra is to train and bus which costs $55 - $90 and takes 9 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Canberra is to fly which costs $95 - $370 and takes 3 h 31 min.

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The distance between Melbourne and Canberra is 466 km. The road distance is 650.5 km.

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It takes approximately 3 h 31 min to get from Melbourne to Canberra, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Melbourne and arriving at Canberra. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 8 h.

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What companies run services between Melbourne, VIC, Australia and Canberra, ACT, Australia?

Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia and Qantas fly from Melbourne to Canberra hourly. Alternatively, Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Melbourne to Canberra twice daily. Tickets cost $55 - $95 and the journey takes 8 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $480
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $400
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 Albury
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
XPT
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Yass Junction
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $150
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$45 - $60
First
$60 - $85
Sleeper
$130 - $150
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $95
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$55 - $80
Flexifare
$70 - $95
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 Albury to Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Yass Junction, Coach Bay to Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info

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