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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 46m

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

$313 - $713

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Bus  •  44h 5m

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

$369 - $704

Train  •  2 days 5h

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

$879 - $1,917

Drive  •  28h 26m

  1. Drive from Sydney to Alice Springs 2774.3 km

$310 - $460

Sydney to Alice Springs by bus

The bus journey time between Sydney and Alice Springs is around 44h 38m and covers a distance of around 3083 km. The fastest bus normally takes 44h. Services are operated by Greyhound Australia, Firefly Express and V-Line. Typically seven buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
44h 38m
Fastest bus time:
44h
Buses per week:
7
Cheapest price:
$369
Carbon emissions:
384 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
17:30
Last bus departs at:
19:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Sydney to Alice Springs bus schedules

Sydney → Alice Springs
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Alice Springs is 1800 020 080.

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The social distance requirement in Alice Springs is 1.5 metres.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Alice Springs is to drive which costs $310 - $460 and takes 28h 26m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Alice Springs is to fly which costs $310 - $750 and takes 4h 46m.

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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 5m.

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No, there is no direct train from Sydney station to Alice Springs. However, there are services departing from Central Station and arriving at Alice Springs via Adelaide Parklands. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 5h.

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The distance between Sydney and Alice Springs is 2027 km. The road distance is 2774.3 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Alice Springs without a car is to bus which takes 44h 5m and costs $360 - $750.

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It takes approximately 4h 46m to get from Sydney to Alice Springs, including transfers.

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Sydney to Alice Springs bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Sydney station.

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

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The best way to get from Sydney to Alice Springs is to fly which takes 4h 46m and costs $310 - $750. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $360 - $750 and takes 44h 5m, you could also train, which costs $850 - $2,000 and takes 2 days 5h.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Alice Springs.
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  • Distance: 2027.1 km
  • Duration: 4h 46m

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

Qantas and Virgin Australia fly from Sydney to Alice Springs 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Sydney to Alice Springs via Albury and Adelaide in around 44h 5m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
Flights from Sydney to Alice Springs via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Alice Springs via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,400
Flights from Sydney to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,400
Train operators
Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Central Station to Adelaide Parklands
Ave. Duration
26h 20m
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 15m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$480 - $1,000
Book at
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
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 Sydney to Albury
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $170
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$85 - $130
Advantage
$100 - $160
Premium
$110 - $170
Bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
20h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$210 - $400
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$210 - $310
Advantage
$260 - $370
Premium
$270 - $400
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Albury station
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$59 - $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

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

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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 2:03 PM in Sydney and 1:33 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 2774 km. It takes approximately 28h 26m 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 21+ hotels available in Alice Springs. Prices start at $125 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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