There are 7 ways to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne by plane, train, bus 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  •  1 h 57 min

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

$67 - $242

Cheapest option

Fly to Melbourne Essendon Apt  •  7 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Melbourne Essendon Apt (MEB) SYD - MEB

$46 - $183

5 alternative options

Fly to Avalon  •  3 h 35 min

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

$51 - $221

Train  •  12 h

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

$72 - $182

Bus Greyhound Australia  •  12 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Sydney Airport, International Terminal to Melbourne Gx233

$75 - $130

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

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne is to bus which costs $75 - $95 and takes 13 h 12 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne is to fly which costs $90 - $340 and takes 1 h 57 min.

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The distance between Sydney Airport (SYD) and Melbourne is 706 km. The road distance is 850.2 km.

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It takes approximately 1 h 57 min to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sydney Airport, International Terminal and arriving at Melbourne. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 12 h 5 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Sydney Airport (SYD) station 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.

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Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Sydney station.

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Map of how to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne.
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  • Distance: 441.1 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 57 min

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

Jetstar, 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 - $170 and the journey takes 10 h 48 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 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 34 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
Sharp Aviation
Website
sharpairlines.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne Essendon Apt via Melbourne, King Island
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
VivaColombia
Website
vivacolombia.co
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne Essendon Apt via Orange
Ave. Duration
12 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $180
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 - $170
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $80
First
$85 - $110
Sleeper
$150 - $170
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Sydney Airport, International Terminal to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
12 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$75 - $110
Flexifare
$90 - $130
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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