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There are 5 ways to get from Southern Cross to Alice Springs by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  4h 30m

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Alice Springs (ASP) MEL - ASP

$353 - $963

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Bus  •  31h 49m

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Adelaide Fe80 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs Gx580

$239 - $642

3 alternative options

Bus via Aldgate  •  33h 56m

  1. Take the bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to South Eastern Fwy Melbourne - Adelaide Via Bendigo & Nhill
  2. Take the bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs Gx580

$257 - $655

Train  •  36h 38m

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Adelaide Overland
  2. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Alice Springs The Ghan

$559 - $1,148

Drive  •  23h 20m

  1. Drive from Southern Cross to Alice Springs 1409.5 miles

$280 - $410

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The cheapest way to get from Southern Cross to Alice Springs is to bus which costs $230 - $650 and takes 31h 49m.

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The quickest way to get from Southern Cross to Alice Springs is to fly which costs $350 - $1,000 and takes 4h 30m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Southern Cross to Alice Springs. However, there are services departing from Melbourne and arriving at Alice Springs via Adelaide. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 31h 49m.

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No, there is no direct train from Southern Cross to Alice Springs. However, there are services departing from Southern Cross and arriving at Alice Springs via Adelaide Parklands. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 36h 38m.

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The distance between Southern Cross and Alice Springs is 1890 km. The road distance is 2255.2 km.

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The best way to get from Southern Cross to Alice Springs without a car is to bus which takes 31h 49m and costs $230 - $650.

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It takes approximately 4h 30m to get from Southern Cross to Alice Springs, including transfers.

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Southern Cross to Alice Springs bus services, operated by Firefly Express, depart from Melbourne station.

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Southern Cross to Alice Springs train services, operated by PTV Overland, depart from Southern Cross station.

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The best way to get from Southern Cross to Alice Springs is to fly which takes 4h 30m and costs $350 - $1,000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $230 - $650 and takes 31h 49m, you could also train, which costs $550 - $1,200 and takes 36h 38m.

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Map of how to get from Southern Cross to Alice Springs.
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  • Distance: 1181.1 miles
  • Duration: 4h 30m

What companies run services between Southern Cross, VIC, Australia and Alice Springs, NT, Australia?

Qantas and Virgin Australia fly from Southern Cross to Alice Springs every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Southern Cross to Alice Springs via Melbourne and Adelaide in around 31h 49m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,600
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,600
Train operators
PTV Overland
Email
1800 800 007
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
10h 5m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$75 - $150
Website
Public Transport Victoria
Ready Rail
$79
Rail Saver
$115 - $130
Red Service
$135 - $150
Red Premium
$190 - $210
Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Adelaide Parklands to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
25h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$480 - $1,000
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Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$487
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$895
Low Gold Single Cabin
$981
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,162
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
10h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $70
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
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 85 Franklin St
Ave. Duration
11h 50m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to South Eastern Fwy
Ave. Duration
11h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
https://www.vline.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 Adelaide to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
20h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$180 - $550
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Greyhound.com.au
Early bird
$180 - $230
Advantage
$250 - $390
Premium
$270 - $550

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Alice Springs Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 55m.

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Southern Cross to Alice Springs bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Alice Springs station.

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Alice Springs is 30m behind Southern Cross. It is currently 2:25 AM in Southern Cross and 1:55 AM in Alice Springs.

Southern Cross to Alice Springs train services, operated by Great Southern Rail - The Ghan, arrive at Alice Springs station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Southern Cross to Alice Springs is 2255 km. It takes approximately 23h 20m to drive from Southern Cross to Alice Springs.

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Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Alice Springs Airport.

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There are 27+ hotels available in Alice Springs. Prices start at $76 AUD per night.

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The best way to get from Southern Cross to Melbourne Airport is to bus which takes 20m and costs $18.

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