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There are 5 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

$80 - $122

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Bus  •  12h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Bathurst Station, Coach Stop
  2. Take the bus from Bathurst Station, Coach Stop 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

$105 - $135

Drive  •  8h 44m

  1. Drive from Sydney to Lightning Ridge 726.1 km

$80 - $120

Fly to Orange, train, bus  •  10h 36m

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

$205 - $438

Fly to Moree, bus  •  12h 31m

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Moree (MRZ) SYD - MRZ
  2. Take the bus from Moree to Goondiwindi
  3. Take the bus from Goondiwindi Info Centre to St George
  4. Take the bus from St George to Lightning Ridge

$256 - $669

Sydney to Lightning Ridge by train and bus

The journey time between Sydney and Lightning Ridge is around 11h 31m and covers a distance of around 820 km. The fastest journey normally takes 11h 31m. Operated by NSW TrainLink, the Sydney to Lightning Ridge service departs from Central Station and arrives in Lightning Ridge Coach Stop, Morilla St. Typically six services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
11h 31m
Fastest journey time:
11h 31m
Services per week:
6
Cheapest price:
$80
Carbon emissions:
69 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
07:19
Last service departs at:
07:19

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Sydney to Lightning Ridge train and bus schedules

Sydney → Lightning Ridge
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lightning Ridge is 1800 020 080.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Lightning Ridge is subject to regional advice.

The social distance requirement in Lightning Ridge is 1.5 metres.

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Last updated: 15 Jun 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Lightning Ridge is to drive which costs $80 - $120 and takes 8h 44m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Lightning Ridge is to drive which costs $80 - $120 and takes 8h 44m.

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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 Bathurst Station, Coach Stop 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 Orange Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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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 Bathurst Station, Coach Stop and Dubbo Station, Coach Bay 3 in around 12h 50m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Orange
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $470
Flights from Sydney to Moree
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Orange
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $290
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
Train from Orange Station to Dubbo Station
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
NSW TrainLink Train
Economy
$22 - $35
First Class
$30 - $45
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 Bathurst Station, Coach Stop to Dubbo Station, Coach Bay 1
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$20 - $30
Website
NSW TrainLink Train
Australia Wide Coaches
Phone
02 9516 1300
Email
info@austwidecoaches.com.au
Website
austwidecoaches.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Bathurst Station, Coach Stop
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$56
Schedules at
austwidecoaches.com.au
Crisps Coaches
Phone
(07) 4661 8333
Email
reservations@crisps.com.au
Website
crisps.com.au
Bus from Moree to Goondiwindi
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
crisps.com.au
Bus Queensland
Phone
1300 287 537
Email
charter@busqld.com.au
Website
busqld.com.au
Bus from Goondiwindi Info Centre to St George
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Bus from St George to Lightning Ridge
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$21 - $45
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au

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

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There are two+ hotels available in Lightning Ridge. 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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