There are 6 ways to get from Sydney to Castlemaine by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Melbourne, train  •  5 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Melbourne (MEL) SYD - MEL
  2. Take the train from Southern Cross to Castlemaine

$84 - $268

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Fly to Avalon, train  •  7 h 3 min

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

$68 - $250

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Train  •  12 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Southern Cross 623 / ...
  2. Take the train from Southern Cross to Castlemaine Bendigo - Melbourne Via Sunbury / ...

$69 - $180

Bus  •  14 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Melbourne Fe21
  2. Take the bus from Melbourne Airport to Castlemaine

$80 - $102

Bus, train  •  15 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Central Station to Melbourne Gx233
  2. Take the train from Southern Cross to Castlemaine Bendigo - Melbourne Via Sunbury / ...

$83 - $145

Drive  •  9 h 19 min

  1. Drive from Sydney to Castlemaine 541.5 miles

$75 - $120

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The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Castlemaine is to drive which costs $100 - $160 and takes 9 h 19 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Castlemaine is to fly and train which costs $110 - $370 and takes 5 h 26 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sydney to Castlemaine. However, there are services departing from Sydney and arriving at Castlemaine via Skybus Coach Terminal/Spencer St and Melbourne Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h 57 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Sydney station to Castlemaine. However, there are services departing from Central Station and arriving at Castlemaine via Southern Cross. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 53 min.

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The distance between Sydney and Castlemaine is 726 km. The road distance is 866.4 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Castlemaine without a car is to train which takes 12 h 53 min and costs $95 - $250.

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It takes approximately 5 h 26 min to get from Sydney to Castlemaine, including transfers.

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Sydney to Castlemaine bus services, operated by Firefly Express, depart from Sydney station.

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Sydney to Castlemaine train services, operated by XPT, arrive at Central Station.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Castlemaine is to train which takes 12 h 53 min and costs $95 - $250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $110 - $140 and takes 14 h 57 min.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Castlemaine.
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  • Distance: 453.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 26 min

What companies run services between Sydney, NSW, Australia and Castlemaine, VIC, Australia?

You can take a train from Sydney to Castlemaine via Southern Cross in around 12 h 53 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Sydney to Castlemaine via Melbourne, Skybus Coach Terminal/Spencer St, Melbourne Airport T1 Skybus/Arrival Dr, and Melbourne Airport in around 14 h 57 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $300
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $370
Flights from Sydney to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $300
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
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 Southern Cross to Castlemaine
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
XPT
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Central Station to Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
10 h 48 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $170
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $80
First
$85 - $110
Sleeper
$150 - $170
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
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 Melbourne
Ave. Duration
12 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$75 - $110
Flexifare
$90 - $130

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Melbourne Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 30 min.

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Sydney to Castlemaine bus services, operated by Bendigo Airport Service, arrive at Castlemaine station.

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Sydney to Castlemaine train services, operated by V-Line, arrive at Castlemaine station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sydney to Castlemaine is 866 km. It takes approximately 9 h 19 min to drive from Sydney to Castlemaine.

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Jetstar, Tigerair Australia, Qantas and Virgin Australia offer flights from Sydney Airport to Melbourne Airport.

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There are 56+ hotels available in Castlemaine. Prices start at $87 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Sydney Airport is to train which takes 23 min and costs $17.

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