There are 6 ways to get from Melbourne to Sydney by plane, bus, train 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 from Melbourne  •  3 h 3 min

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

$75 - $255

Cheapest option

Bus Firefly Express  •  12 h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Sydney Fe31

$45 - $55

4 alternative options

Bus to Avalon, fly  •  3 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Skybus Coach Terminal/Melbourne to Avalon Airport
  2. Fly from Avalon (AVV) to Sydney (SYD) AVV - SYD

$63 - $238

Train  •  11 h 8 min

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

$60 - $180

Bus Greyhound Australia  •  12 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Canberra
  2. Take the bus from Canberra to Sydney

$77 - $139

Drive  •  8 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Sydney 537.4 miles

$75 - $120

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Sydney is to bus which costs $60 - $75 and takes 12 h.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Sydney is to fly which takes 3 h 3 min and costs $100 - $350.

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The distance between Melbourne and Sydney is 714 km. The road distance is 860 km.

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

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

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Southern Cross and arriving at Central Station. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 11 h 8 min.

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

Virgin Australia, Qantas and two other airlines fly from Melbourne to Sydney every 20 minutes. Alternatively, XPT operates a train from Melbourne to Sydney twice daily. Tickets cost $60 - $180 and the journey takes 11 h 8 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
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 Sydney
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
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
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 - $110
Sleeper
$150 - $180
Bus operators
Skybus
Phone
+61 3 9335 2811
Email
info@skybus.com.au
Website
skybus.com.au
Bus from Skybus Coach Terminal/Melbourne to Avalon Airport
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
skybus.com.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
$45 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.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
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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