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There are 8 ways to get from Melbourne to Sydney by plane, bus, train, night train or car

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Fly from Melbourne  •  3h 9m

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Sydney (SYD) MEL - SYD

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Bus  •  12h

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

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Bus to Avalon, fly  •  3h 34m

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne Southern Cross to Avalon Airport
  2. Fly from Avalon (AVV) to Sydney (SYD) AVV - SYD

Train  •  11h 17m

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Central Station 624

Bus via Liverpool Station, Stand G  •  11h 37m

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Liverpool Fe31

Bus via Albury  •  13h 27m

  1. Take the bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Wodonga
  2. Take the bus from Wodonga to Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave
  3. Take the bus from Canberra to Sydney Airport, Terminal 3 Domestic

Night train  •  11h 9m

  1. Take the night train from Southern Cross to Central Station 622

Drive  •  8h 58m

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Sydney 859.7 km

Melbourne to Sydney by train

7 Weekly Trains
11h 17m Average Duration
$75 Cheapest Price
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The most affordable way to get from Melbourne to Sydney is to bus via Liverpool Station, Stand G, which costs $60 - $75 and takes 11h 37m.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Sydney is to fly which costs $95 - $300 and takes 3h 9m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Melbourne and arriving at Sydney. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 12h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Southern Cross and arriving at Central Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11h 17m.

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The distance between Melbourne and Sydney is 714 km. The road distance is 859.7 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Sydney without a car is to train which takes 11h 17m and costs $75 - $250.

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It takes approximately 3h 9m to get from Melbourne to Sydney, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Sydney is to fly which takes 3h 9m and costs $95 - $300. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $75 - $250 and takes 11h 17m, you could also bus via Liverpool Station, Stand G, which costs $60 - $75 and takes 11h 37m.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Sydney.
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  • Distance: 713.6 km
  • Duration: 3h 9m

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

Virgin Australia, Jetstar and two other airlines fly from Melbourne to Sydney every 20 minutes. Alternatively, XPT operates a train from Southern Cross to Central Station once daily. Tickets cost $75 - $250 and the journey takes 11h 17m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Flights from Avalon to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $380
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $340
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $380
Flights from Avalon to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $380
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $370
Train operators
XPT
Phone
132 232
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Southern Cross to Central Station
Ave. Duration
11h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $250
Website
XPT
Economy
$75 - $100
First
$100 - $140
Sleeper
$210 - $250
Bus operators
Skybus
Phone
+61 3 9335 2811
Email
info@skybus.com.au
Website
skybus.com.au
Bus from Melbourne Southern Cross to Avalon Airport
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $24
Website
Skybus
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Skybus
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Liverpool
Ave. Duration
10h 15m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $65
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
11h 35m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $65
Website
fireflyexpress.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, although service is limited in Western Australia with just a single route to Broome. Buses are equipped for long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers, reclining seats and an onboard bathroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
12h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $250
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$130 - $200
Advantage
$150 - $230
Premium
$170 - $250
V-Line

V/Line provides passenger rail and coach services to regional destinations across Victoria, Australia. Services go to/from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne. 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 coach travel and long-distance train services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have tray tables and larger reclining seats with more leg room.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Wodonga
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Off Peak
$35 - $50
Bus from Wodonga to Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Off Peak
$35 - $55

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Sydney Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Melbourne to Sydney bus services, operated by Firefly Express, arrive at Liverpool station.

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Melbourne to Sydney train services, operated by XPT, arrive at Central Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Sydney is 860 km. It takes approximately 8h 58m to drive from Melbourne to Sydney.

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Regional Express, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Sydney Airport.

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There are 516+ hotels available in Sydney. Prices start at $150 AUD per night.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Melbourne Airport is to bus which takes 30 min and costs $18.

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