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

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Fly Melbourne to Parkes  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Parkes (PKE) MEL - PKE

$92 - $230

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Train, bus  •  9 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Cootamundra 622 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay to Parkes Station, Coach Bay 791

$54 - $153

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Fly Melbourne Essendon Apt to Orange, train  •  6 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne Essendon Apt (MEB) to Orange (OAG) MEB - OAG
  2. Take the train from Orange Station to Parkes Station

$89 - $250

Fly Melbourne to Orange, train  •  7 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Orange (OAG) MEL - OAG
  2. Take the train from Orange Station to Parkes Station

$154 - $400

Train, bus via Albury  •  10 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Albury
  2. Take the train from Albury to Cootamundra 622 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay to Parkes Station, Coach Bay 791

$57 - $159

Bus  •  11 h 48 min

  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 Parkes Station, Coach Bay 791

$60 - $76

Drive  •  8 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Parkes 431.6 miles

$60 - $90

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Parkes is to bus which costs $80 - $110 and takes 11 h 48 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Parkes is to fly which costs $120 - $320 and takes 4 h 47 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Parkes station. However, there are services departing from Melbourne and arriving at Parkes Station, Coach Bay via Gundagai Coach Stop, Sheridan St and Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 48 min.

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The distance between Melbourne and Parkes is 596 km. The road distance is 690.6 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Parkes without a car is to train and bus which takes 9 h 18 min and costs $70 - $220.

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It takes approximately 4 h 47 min to get from Melbourne to Parkes, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Parkes is to fly which takes 4 h 47 min and costs $120 - $320. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $80 - $110 and takes 11 h 48 min.

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There is no direct flight from Melbourne Airport to Parkes Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 5 min and has one stopover.

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Melbourne to Parkes bus services, operated by Transport NSW, arrive at Parkes Station, Coach Bay.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Parkes.
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  • Distance: 372.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 47 min

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

Regional Express, Tigerair Australia and three other airlines fly from Melbourne to Parkes hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Melbourne to Parkes via Gundagai, Gundagai Coach Stop, Sheridan St, and Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay in around 11 h 48 min.

Airlines
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Parkes via Wagga Wagga, Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Parkes via Albury, Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Parkes via Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $300
Flights from Melbourne to Parkes via Canberra, Sydney
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $460
Flights from Melbourne to Orange via Wagga Wagga, Sydney
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,300
Flights from Melbourne to Orange via Albury, Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,300
Flights from Melbourne to Orange via Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $650
VivaColombia
Website
vivacolombia.co
Flights from Melbourne Essendon Apt to Orange
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$45 - $190
Flights from Melbourne to Orange via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday
Estimated price
$250 - $700
Train operators
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Orange Station to Parkes Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$11 - $17
1st Class
$16 - $23
XPT
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Cootamundra
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $140
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$35 - $50
First
$50 - $70
Sleeper
$120 - $140
Train from Albury to Cootamundra
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $110
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$22 - $29
First
$30 - $45
Sleeper
$95 - $110
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.

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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 - $28
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus operators
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay to Parkes Station, Coach Bay
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
tp.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
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Gundagai
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Parkes is 691 km. It takes approximately 8 h 10 min to drive from Melbourne to Parkes.

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Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia, Qantas and Regional Express offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Parkes Airport.

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There are 15+ hotels available in Parkes. Prices start at $65 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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