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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  •  4h 57m

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

$323 - $1,063

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Bus  •  44h 25m

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

$345 - $524

Train  •  2 days 4h

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

$879 - $1,917

Drive  •  28h 35m

  1. Drive from Sydney to Alice Springs 2774.5 km

$350 - $550

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The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Alice Springs is to fly which costs $320 - $1,100 and takes 4h 57m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Alice Springs is to fly which costs $320 - $1,100 and takes 4h 57m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sydney to Alice Springs. However, there are services departing from Sydney and arriving at Alice Springs via Albury and Adelaide. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 44h 25m.

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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 4h.

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The distance between Sydney and Alice Springs is 2027 km. The road distance is 2774.5 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Alice Springs without a car is to bus which takes 44h 25m and costs $340 - $550.

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It takes approximately 4h 57m to get from Sydney to Alice Springs, including transfers.

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Sydney to Alice Springs bus services, operated by Firefly Express, depart from Sydney 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 4h 57m and costs $320 - $1,100. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $340 - $550 and takes 44h 25m, you could also train, which costs $850 - $2,000 and takes 2 days 4h.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Alice Springs.
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  • Distance: 2027.1 km
  • Duration: 4h 57m

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 and Adelaide in around 44h 25m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Sydney to Alice Springs via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Sydney to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Sydney to Alice Springs via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$300 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Alice Springs via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$280 - $550
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
24h 45m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$390 - $950
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Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$400
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$650 - $900
Low Gold Single Cabin
$700 - $950
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$850 - $1,100
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
26h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$480 - $1,000
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Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$487
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$895
Low Gold Single Cabin
$981
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,162
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Albury station
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $65
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
V-Line

V/Line provides passenger rail and coach services to regional destinations across Victoria, Australia. Services go to/from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne. 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 coach travel and long-distance train services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have tray tables and larger reclining seats with more leg room.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Bus from Albury to 85 Franklin St
Ave. Duration
14h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Off Peak
$100 - $140
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, although service is limited in Western Australia with just a single route to Broome. Buses are equipped for long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers, reclining seats and an onboard bathroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
20h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$190 - $320
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Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$190 - $240
Premium
$240 - $320
Advantage
$250 - $300

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Alice Springs Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h 20m.

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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 30 min behind Sydney. It is currently 1:36 AM in Sydney and 1:06 AM 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 2775 km. It takes approximately 28h 35m 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 24+ hotels available in Alice Springs. Prices start at $150 AUD 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 $18.

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