There are 6 ways to get from Melbourne to Rockhampton by plane, train, bus 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 to Rockhampton  •  6 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Rockhampton (ROK) MEL - ROK

$164 - $345

5 alternative options

Fly to Gladstone, train  •  7 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Gladstone (GLT) MEL - GLT
  2. Take the train from Gladstone to Rockhampton

$199 - $451

Train  •  34 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Central Station 622 / ...
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Rockhampton

$233 - $422

Bus  •  38 h 43 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 Dubbo Station, Coach Bay 791
  4. Take the bus from Dubbo Station, Coach Bay to Tamworth Station, Coach Stop 361
  5. Take the bus from Tamworth to Toowoomba
  6. Take the bus from Toowoomba to Rockhampton

$236 - $302

Bus, train  •  39 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Canberra
  2. Take the bus from Canberra to Sydney
  3. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  4. Take the bus from Brisbane to Rockhampton

$232 - $390

Drive  •  23 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Rockhampton 1266.4 miles

$180 - $270

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Rockhampton is to drive which costs $240 - $360 and takes 23 h 11 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Rockhampton is to fly which costs $220 - $470 and takes 6 h 47 min.

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The distance between Melbourne and Rockhampton is 1689 km. The road distance is 2026.2 km.

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It takes approximately 6 h 47 min to get from Melbourne to Rockhampton, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Rockhampton. However, there are services departing from Melbourne and arriving at Rockhampton via Gundagai Coach Stop, Sheridan St, Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay, Dubbo Station, Coach Bay, Tamworth and Toowoomba. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 38 h 43 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Melbourne to Rockhampton. However, there are services departing from Southern Cross and arriving at Rockhampton via Central Station and Brisbane Roma Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 34 h 55 min.

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

Virgin Australia and Qantas fly from Melbourne to Rockhampton hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Melbourne to Rockhampton via Central Station, Brisbane, and Brisbane Roma Street in around 34 h 55 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Rockhampton via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Melbourne to Rockhampton via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Melbourne to Rockhampton via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Melbourne to Gladstone via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Gladstone via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 12 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Gladstone via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$280 - $800
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Rockhampton via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Melbourne to Rockhampton via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Melbourne to Gladstone via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $750
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Gladstone to Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
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 - $180
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $80
First
$85 - $120
Sleeper
$150 - $180
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
$95 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$95 - $140
1st Class
$130 - $190
Bus operators
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
$40 - $50
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
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
Bus from Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay to Dubbo Station, Coach Bay
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Bus from Dubbo Station, Coach Bay to Tamworth Station, Coach Stop
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Crisps Coaches
Phone
(07) 4661 8333
Email
reservations@crisps.com.au
Website
crisps.com.au
Bus from Tamworth to Toowoomba
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$86
Schedules at
crisps.com.au
Bus Queensland
Phone
1300 287 537
Website
busqldoutback.com.au
Bus from Toowoomba to Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
10 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au
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
$65 - $95
Bus from Brisbane to Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
11 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$60 - $85
Flexifare
$75 - $110
Murrays Coaches
Website
murrays.com.au
Bus from Canberra to Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Schedules at
murrays.com.au

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