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

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Fly Melbourne to Newcastle  •  4 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Newcastle (NTL) MEL - NTL

$65 - $286

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Bus  •  15 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Sydney Fe31
  2. Take the bus from Sydney to Newcastle Gx243

$58 - $83

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Fly Melbourne to Sydney, train  •  6 h 16 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Sydney (SYD) MEL - SYD
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Newcastle Interchange

$90 - $278

Fly Avalon to Sydney, train  •  6 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Avalon (AVV) to Sydney (SYD) AVV - SYD
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Newcastle Interchange

$75 - $261

Train  •  14 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Central Station 622 / ...
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Newcastle Interchange Central Coast and Newcastle Line

$76 - $191

Bus, train  •  15 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Central Station Gx322 / ...
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Newcastle Interchange Central Coast and Newcastle Line

$92 - $152

Drive  •  10 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Newcastle 624.6 miles

$85 - $130

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Newcastle is to bus which costs $80 - $120 and takes 15 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Newcastle is to fly which costs $90 - $400 and takes 4 h 17 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Newcastle. However, there are services departing from Melbourne and arriving at Newcastle via Sydney. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Melbourne to Newcastle. However, there are services departing from Southern Cross and arriving at Newcastle Interchange via Central Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h 22 min.

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The distance between Melbourne and Newcastle is 822 km. The road distance is 999.4 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Newcastle without a car is to train which takes 14 h 22 min and costs $100 - $270.

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It takes approximately 4 h 17 min to get from Melbourne to Newcastle, including transfers.

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

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Melbourne to Newcastle train services, operated by XPT, depart from Southern Cross station.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Newcastle is to fly which takes 4 h 17 min and costs $90 - $400. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $100 - $270 and takes 14 h 22 min, you could also bus, which costs $80 - $120 and takes 15 h 50 min.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Newcastle.
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  • Distance: 513.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 17 min

What companies run services between Melbourne, VIC, Australia and Newcastle, NSW, Australia?

Jetstar and Virgin Australia fly from Melbourne to Newcastle 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Melbourne to Newcastle via Central Station in around 14 h 22 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $390
Flights from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Avalon to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $300
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $470
Flights from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $390
Flights from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $370
Flights from Avalon to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $300
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Train operators
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Newcastle Interchange
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$15 - $23
1st Class
$21 - $35
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
$85 - $110
Sleeper
$150 - $170
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 Central Station
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$75 - $110
Flexifare
$90 - $130
Bus from Sydney to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $30
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$13 - $19
Flexifare
$21 - $30
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
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Newcastle Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 30 min.

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

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Melbourne to Newcastle train services, operated by Transport NSW, arrive at Newcastle Interchange station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Newcastle is 999 km. It takes approximately 10 h 31 min to drive from Melbourne to Newcastle.

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Virgin Australia and Jetstar offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Newcastle Airport.

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There are 194+ hotels available in Newcastle. 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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