There are 7 ways to get from Melbourne to Mount Isa by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly to Mount Isa  •  7 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Mount Isa (ISA) MEL - ISA

$349 - $443

Cheapest option

Fly to Cloncurry, bus  •  9 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Cloncurry (CNJ) MEL - CNJ
  2. Take the bus from Cloncurry to Mount Isa

$192 - $283

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Bus  •  2 days 2 h

  1. Take the bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to 85 Franklin St
  2. Take the bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
  3. Take the bus from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek
  4. Take the bus from Tennant Creek to Mount Isa

$263 - $453

Train, bus  •  2 days 5 h

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Adelaide
  2. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Alice Springs
  3. Take the bus from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek
  4. Take the bus from Tennant Creek to Mount Isa

$486 - $975

Train, bus via Brisbane  •  2 days 7 h

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Central Station 622 / ...
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Mount Isa

$270 - $475

Bus via Brisbane  •  2 days 11 h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Sydney
  2. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Mount Isa

$264 - $372

Drive  •  29 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Mount Isa 1615.8 miles

$230 - $340

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Mount Isa. However, there are services departing from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St and arriving at Mount Isa via Adelaide, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 2 h.

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The distance between Melbourne and Mount Isa is 1972 km. The road distance is 2585.3 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Mount Isa without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 2 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 37 min to get from Melbourne to Mount Isa, including transfers.

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Melbourne to Mount Isa bus services, operated by V-Line, depart from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St station.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Mount Isa is to fly which takes 7 h 37 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 2 days 2 h.

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There is no direct flight from Melbourne Airport to Mount Isa Airport. The quickest flight takes 6 h 10 min and has one stopover.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Mount Isa is 2585 km. It takes approximately 29 h 33 min to drive from Melbourne to Mount Isa.

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Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Mount Isa Airport.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Mount Isa.
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  • Distance: 1232.3 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 37 min

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

Qantas, Virgin Australia and three other airlines fly from Melbourne to Mount Isa hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Melbourne to Mount Isa via 85 Franklin St, Adelaide, Alice Springs, and Tennant Creek in around 2 days 2 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Mount Isa via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Mount Isa via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Mount Isa via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$330 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Mount Isa via Brisbane, Townsville
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Mount Isa via Cairns, Townsville
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Mount Isa via Adelaide, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Cloncurry via Brisbane, Townsville
Ave. Duration
10 h 10 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Melbourne to Cloncurry via Toowoomba, Townsville
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Flights from Melbourne to Cloncurry via Sydney, Townsville
Ave. Duration
10 h 20 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $230
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Mount Isa via Brisbane, Cloncurry
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Mount Isa via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
12 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Cloncurry via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $430
Train operators
PTV Overland
Email
1800 800 007
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
10 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
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
25 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice 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
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 - $170
Website
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
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
Bus operators
Bus Queensland
Phone
1300 287 537
Website
busqld.com.au
Bus from Cloncurry to Mount Isa
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Mount Isa
Ave. Duration
28 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.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 Cloncurry to Mount Isa
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$9 - $24
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$9 - $14
Flexifare
$17 - $24
Bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210
Bus from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$40 - $60
Flexifare
$50 - $75
Bus from Tennant Creek to Mount Isa
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$50 - $75
Flexifare
$65 - $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 Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to 85 Franklin St
Ave. Duration
11 h 50 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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