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There are 4 ways to get from Sydney to Alice Springs by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Alice Springs (ASP) SYD - ASP

$244 - $639

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Bus  •  43 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Central Station to Albury
  2. Take the bus from Albury to 85 Franklin St
  3. Take the bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs

$224 - $373

2 alternative options

Train  •  2 days 3 h

  1. Take the train from Sydney to Adelaide Parklands Indian Pacific
  2. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Alice Springs The Ghan

$623 - $1,351

Drive  •  28 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Sydney to Alice Springs 1722.4 miles

$240 - $360

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The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Alice Springs is to fly which costs $340 - $900 and takes 4 h 47 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Alice Springs is to fly which costs $340 - $900 and takes 4 h 47 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sydney station to Alice Springs. However, there are services departing from Central Station and arriving at Alice Springs via Albury and Adelaide. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 43 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Sydney to Alice Springs. However, there are services departing from Sydney and arriving at Alice Springs via Adelaide Parklands. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 3 h.

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The distance between Sydney and Alice Springs is 2027 km. The road distance is 2755.8 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Alice Springs without a car is to bus which takes 43 h 35 min and costs $310 - $550.

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It takes approximately 4 h 47 min to get from Sydney to Alice Springs, including transfers.

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Sydney to Alice Springs bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Central Station.

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Sydney to Alice Springs train services, operated by Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific, depart from Sydney station.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Alice Springs is to fly which takes 4 h 47 min and costs $340 - $900. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $310 - $550 and takes 43 h 35 min, you could also train, which costs $850 - $1,900 and takes 2 days 3 h.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Alice Springs.
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  • Distance: 1266.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 47 min

What companies run services between Sydney, NSW, Australia and Alice Springs, NT, Australia?

Qantas and Virgin Australia fly from Sydney to Alice Springs every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Sydney to Alice Springs via Albury, 85 Franklin St, and Adelaide in around 43 h 35 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Sydney to Alice Springs via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Sydney to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Sydney to Alice Springs via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Alice Springs via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Sydney to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Train operators
Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Sydney to Adelaide Parklands
Ave. Duration
24 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$280 - $650
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Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$284
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$480 - $650
Low Gold Single Cabin
$500 - $650
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$600 - $800
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
25 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$340 - $700
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Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$346
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$636
Low Gold Single Cabin
$697
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$825
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 Central Station to Albury
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$40 - $65
Flexifare
$55 - $80
Bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
21 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210
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
Bus from Albury to 85 Franklin St
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Alice Springs Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 10 min.

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

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Alice Springs is 1 h 30 min behind Sydney. It is currently 6:37 PM in Sydney and 5:07 PM in Alice Springs.

Sydney 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 Sydney to Alice Springs is 2756 km. It takes approximately 28 h 40 min to drive from Sydney to Alice Springs.

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

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There are 26+ hotels available in Alice Springs. Prices start at $49 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Sydney Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs $17.

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