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

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Fly to Melbourne  •  2 h 2 min

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

$66 - $241

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Fly to Melbourne Essendon Apt  •  6 h 18 min

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

$50 - $205

5 alternative options

Fly to Avalon  •  3 h 35 min

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

$50 - $221

Train  •  12 h

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

$71 - $181

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

$51 - $66

Drive  •  8 h 46 min

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

$75 - $110

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

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The best way to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne without a car is to train which takes 12 h and costs .

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

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

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Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne train services, operated by XPT, arrive at Central Station.

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The best way to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne is to fly which takes 2 h 2 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 12 h, you could also bus, which costs and takes 12 h 5 min.

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Melbourne Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 35 min.

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Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Melbourne 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: 2 h 2 min

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

Virgin Australia, Tigerair 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 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
VivaColombia
Website
vivacolombia.co
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne Essendon Apt via Dubbo
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $210
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne Essendon Apt via Brisbane, Dubbo
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $650
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
$80 - $110
Sleeper
$150 - $170
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 Sydney Airport, International Terminal to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
12 h 5 min
Frequency
Once 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 Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne train services, operated by XPT, arrive at Southern Cross station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne is 850 km. It takes approximately 8 h 46 min to drive from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne.

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

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There are 1928+ hotels available in Melbourne. Prices start at $79 USD per night.

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