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

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Bus  •  3h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Canberra Gx233

$45 - $75

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Train  •  4h 8m

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Canberra Station 631 / ...

$27 - $40

2 alternative options

Drive  •  3h 5m

  1. Drive from Sydney to Canberra 286.2 km

$30 - $50

Fly  •  2h 48m

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Canberra (CBR) SYD - CBR

$170 - $263

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The cost-effective way to get from Sydney to Canberra is to train, which costs $27 - $40 and takes 4h 8m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Canberra is to fly which costs $170 - $270 and takes 2h 48m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sydney and arriving at Canberra. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Central Station station and arriving at Canberra Station station. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 8m.

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The distance between Sydney and Canberra is 247 km. The road distance is 286.2 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Canberra without a car is to bus which takes 3h 30m and costs $45 - $75.

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The bus from Sydney to Canberra takes 3h 30m including transfers and departs every two hours.

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Sydney to Canberra bus services, operated by Murrays Coaches, depart from Sydney station.

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Sydney to Canberra train services, operated by NSW TrainLink, depart from Central Station.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Canberra is to bus which takes 3h 30m and costs $45 - $75. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $27 - $40 and takes 4h 8m, you could also fly, which costs $170 - $270 and takes 2h 48m.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Canberra.
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  • Distance: 247.2 km
  • Duration: 3h 30m

What companies run services between Sydney, NSW, Australia and Canberra, ACT, Australia?

Murrays Coaches operates a bus from Sydney to Canberra every 2 hours. Tickets cost $45 - $65 and the journey takes 3h 30m. Greyhound Australia also services this route 3 times a week. Alternatively, NSW TrainLink operates a train from Central Station to Canberra Station 3 times a day. Tickets cost $27 - $40 and the journey takes 4h 8m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Canberra
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $360
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Canberra
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $260
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Canberra
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Train operators
NSW TrainLink
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Canberra Station
Ave. Duration
4h 8m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
NSW TrainLink Train
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 Canberra
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $75
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Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$45 - $65
Premium
$55 - $75
Advantage
$55 - $70

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Canberra Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Sydney to Canberra bus services, operated by Murrays Coaches, arrive at Canberra station.

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Sydney to Canberra train services, operated by NSW TrainLink, arrive at Canberra Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sydney to Canberra is 286 km. It takes approximately 3h 5m to drive from Sydney to Canberra.

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Virgin Australia, Regional Express and Qantas offer flights from Sydney Airport to Canberra Airport.

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There are 381+ hotels available in Canberra. 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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