There are 6 ways to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne 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 to Melbourne  •  2 h 2 min

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

$67 - $242

Cheapest option

Fly to Avalon, bus  •  3 h 25 min

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

$55 - $222

4 alternative options

Train  •  12 h

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Southern Cross 623 / ...

$72 - $192

Bus Greyhound Australia  •  12 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Sydney Airport T1 to Canberra
  2. Take the bus from Canberra to Melbourne

$78 - $144

Bus Firefly Express  •  13 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Melbourne Fe21

$57 - $67

Drive  •  8 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne 531.4 miles

$75 - $110

What companies run services between Sydney Airport (SYD), Australia and Melbourne, VIC, Australia?

Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia and two other airlines fly from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne every 20 minutes. Alternatively, XPT operates a train from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne twice daily. Tickets cost $60 - $180 and the journey takes 10 h 48 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $300
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $370
Flights from Sydney to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $300
Train operators
XPT
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Central Station to Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
10 h 48 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $180
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $85
First
$85 - $120
Sleeper
$150 - $180
Bus operators
Skybus
Phone
+61 3 9335 2811
Email
info@skybus.com.au
Website
skybus.com.au
Bus from Avalon Airport to Skybus Coach Terminal/Melbourne
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
skybus.com.au
Murrays Coaches
Website
murrays.com.au
Bus from Sydney Airport T1 to Canberra
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Schedules at
murrays.com.au
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Canberra to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$55 - $80
Flexifare
$70 - $100
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Sydney Airport (SYD) and Melbourne is 706 km. The road distance is 850 km.

The cheapest way to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne is to bus which costs $75 - $90 and takes 13 h 12 min.

The quickest way to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne is to fly which takes 2 h 2 min and costs $85 - $330.

No, there is no direct train from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne. However, there are services departing from International Airport Station and arriving at Southern Cross via Central Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h.

No, there is no direct bus from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne. However, there are services departing from Sydney Airport T1 and arriving at Melbourne via Canberra. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 25 min.

It takes approximately 2 h 2 min to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne, including transfers.