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

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Fly  •  3h 23m

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

$74 - $277

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Train, bus  •  9h 17m

  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

$49 - $147

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Bus Greyhound Australia  •  8h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Canberra Gx322 / ...

$50 - $95

Bus Firefly Express  •  9h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Tarcutta Fe31
  2. Take the bus from Mobil Service Station/Sydney St to Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave Melbourne - Canberra Via Albury

$51 - $63

Drive  •  6h 52m

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Canberra 406.6 miles

$55 - $85

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Canberra is to bus which costs $70 - $90 and takes 9h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Canberra is to fly which costs $100 - $390 and takes 3h 23m.

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

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

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Canberra without a car is to bus which takes 8h and costs $70 - $130.

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It takes approximately 3h 23m to get from Melbourne to Canberra, including transfers.

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Melbourne to Canberra bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Melbourne station.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Canberra is to fly which takes 3h 23m and costs $100 - $390. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $70 - $130 and takes 8h.

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Canberra Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Canberra.
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  • Distance: 291.5 miles
  • Duration: 3h 23m

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

Virgin Australia, Qantas and Tigerair Australia fly from Melbourne to Canberra hourly. Alternatively, Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Melbourne to Canberra twice daily. Tickets cost $50 - $95 and the journey takes 8h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $480
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $400
Train operators
XPT
Phone
132 232
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Yass Junction
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $140
Book at
transportnsw.info
Economy
$40 - $60
First
$60 - $80
Sleeper
$120 - $140
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.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$50 - $75
Flexifare
$65 - $95
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Tarcutta
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $45
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 Mobil Service Station/Sydney St to Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Yass Junction, Coach Bay to Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
Transport NSW

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Canberra is 650 km. It takes approximately 6h 52m to drive from Melbourne to Canberra.

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Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Canberra Airport.

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There are 167+ hotels available in Canberra. Prices start at $84 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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