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

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Fly from Melbourne  •  3 h 2 min

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

$75 - $255

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Bus Greyhound Australia  •  12 h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Central Station Gx322 / ...

$40 - $130

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Fly from Avalon  •  3 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Avalon (AVV) to Sydney (SYD) AVV - SYD

$60 - $238

Train  •  11 h 8 min

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

$60 - $170

Bus Firefly Express  •  12 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Liverpool Fe31

$45 - $56

Train, bus  •  13 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Albury
  2. Take the bus from Albury to Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave
  3. Take the bus from Canberra to Sydney

$72 - $107

Drive  •  8 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Sydney 537.4 miles

$75 - $120

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Melbourne and arriving at Central Station station. Services depart three times a day. 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 station. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 11 h 8 min.

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The distance between Melbourne and Sydney is 714 km. The road distance is 859.9 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Sydney without a car is to train which takes 11 h 8 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 2 min to get from Melbourne to Sydney, including transfers.

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Melbourne to Sydney bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, 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 3 h 2 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 11 h 8 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 12 h.

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

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Melbourne to Sydney bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Central Station.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Sydney.
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  • Distance: 446 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 2 min

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

Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia 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 - $170 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 - $170
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $80
First
$80 - $110
Sleeper
$140 - $170
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.

Contact Details
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
$19 - $28
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
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
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$75 - $110
Flexifare
$90 - $130
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Liverpool
Ave. Duration
10 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
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.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Bus from Albury to Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Murrays Coaches
Phone
(61) 13 22 51
Email
reservations@murrays.com.au
Website
murrays.com.au
Bus from Canberra to Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
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Murrays Coaches

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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 8 h 56 min to drive from Melbourne to Sydney.

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

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There are 1996+ hotels available in Sydney. Prices start at $78 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 .

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