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

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Train, bus  •  11h 56m

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Dubbo Station 427
  2. Take the bus from Dubbo Station, Coach Bay 3 to Lightning Ridge Coach Stop, Morilla St 513

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Bus  •  12h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Orange
  2. Take the bus from Orange Station, Coach Bay 1 to Dubbo Station, Coach Bay 1 569 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Dubbo Station, Coach Bay 3 to Lightning Ridge Coach Stop, Morilla St 513

Drive  •  8h 44m

  1. Drive from Sydney to Lightning Ridge 726.1 km

Fly, bus  •  7h 58m

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Dubbo (DBO) SYD - DBO
  2. Take the bus from Dubbo Station, Coach Bay 3 to Lightning Ridge Coach Stop, Morilla St

Sydney to Lightning Ridge by train and bus

14 Weekly Services
11h 56m Average Duration
$80 Cheapest Price
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Sydney → Lightning Ridge
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The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Lightning Ridge is to train and bus which costs $80 - $130 and takes 11h 56m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Lightning Ridge is to fly and bus which costs $190 - $330 and takes 7h 58m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sydney to Lightning Ridge. However, there are services departing from Sydney and arriving at Lightning Ridge Coach Stop, Morilla St via Orange Station, Coach Bay 1 and Dubbo Station, Coach Bay 3. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 50m.

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The distance between Sydney and Lightning Ridge is 580 km. The road distance is 726.1 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Lightning Ridge without a car is to train and bus which takes 11h 56m and costs $80 - $130.

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It takes approximately 11h 56m to get from Sydney to Lightning Ridge, including transfers.

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Sydney to Lightning Ridge bus services, operated by Australia Wide Coaches, depart from Sydney station.

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Dubbo Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Sydney to Lightning Ridge bus services, operated by NSW TrainLink, arrive at Lightning Ridge Coach Stop, Morilla St station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sydney to Lightning Ridge is 726 km. It takes approximately 8h 44m to drive from Sydney to Lightning Ridge.

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  • Distance: 580.2 km
  • Duration: 11h 56m

What companies run services between Sydney, NSW, Australia and Lightning Ridge, NSW, Australia?

You can take a bus from Sydney to Lightning Ridge via Orange Station, Coach Bay 1 and Dubbo Station, Coach Bay 3 in around 12h 50m.

Airlines
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Dubbo
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $390
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Dubbo
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Train operators
NSW TrainLink
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Dubbo Station
Ave. Duration
6h 26m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
NSW TrainLink Train
Economy
$50 - $75
First Class
$70 - $110
Bus operators
NSW TrainLink
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Dubbo Station, Coach Bay 3 to Lightning Ridge Coach Stop, Morilla St
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
NSW TrainLink Train
Bus from Orange Station, Coach Bay 1 to Dubbo Station, Coach Bay 1
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Website
NSW TrainLink Train
Australia Wide Coaches
Phone
02 9516 1300
Email
info@austwidecoaches.com.au
Website
austwidecoaches.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Orange
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60
Schedules at
austwidecoaches.com.au

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Qantas and Regional Express offer flights from Sydney Airport to Dubbo Airport.

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There are two+ hotels available in Lightning Ridge. 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 - $21.

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