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There are 7 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  •  2h 2m

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

$66 - $241

Cheapest option

Fly to Avalon, bus  •  3h 35m

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Avalon (AVV) SYD - AVV
  2. Take the bus from Avalon Airport to Southern Cross

$50 - $221

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Fly to Bendigo, train  •  4h 46m

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Bendigo (BXG) SYD - BXG
  2. Take the train from Bendigo to Southern Cross

$180 - $584

Train  •  11h 59m

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Southern Cross 621 / ...

$71 - $181

Bus Greyhound Australia  •  12h 5m

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

$70 - $130

Bus Firefly Express  •  12h 46m

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Melbourne Fe21

$51 - $66

Drive  •  8h 46m

  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 $70 - $95 and takes 12h 46m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne is to fly which costs $90 - $340 and takes 2h 2m.

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

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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 11h 59m.

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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 11h 59m and costs $100 - $260.

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It takes approximately 2h 2m 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 2h 2m and costs $90 - $340. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $100 - $260 and takes 11h 59m, you could also bus, which costs $100 - $180 and takes 12h 5m.

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Map of how to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Melbourne.
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  • Distance: 441.1 miles
  • Duration: 2h 2m

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 10h 48m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $300
Flights from Sydney to Bendigo
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $370
Flights from Sydney to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $300
Train operators
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 Bendigo to Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
XPT
Phone
132 232
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Central Station to Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
10h 48m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $170
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Economy
$60 - $80
First
$80 - $110
Sleeper
$140 - $170
Bus operators
Skybus
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
12h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$70 - $110
Flexifare
$90 - $130
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
11h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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

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

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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 8h 46m 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 2138+ hotels available in Melbourne. Prices start at $81 USD per night.

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