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

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Fly to Melbourne  •  3 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Melbourne (MEL) SYD - MEL

$75 - $255

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Bus  •  12 h

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Melbourne Fe21 / ...

$40 - $130

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Fly to Avalon  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Avalon (AVV) SYD - AVV

$59 - $238

Train  •  10 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Southern Cross 623 / ...

$60 - $170

Bus, train  •  13 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Canberra
  2. Take the bus from Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave to Albury
  3. Take the train from Albury to Southern Cross

$74 - $106

Drive  •  8 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Sydney to Melbourne 537.3 miles

$75 - $120

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sydney and arriving at Melbourne. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 12 h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Central Station station and arriving at Southern Cross. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 10 h 48 min.

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The distance between Sydney and Melbourne is 714 km. The road distance is 859.7 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Melbourne without a car is to train which takes 10 h 48 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 20 min to get from Sydney to Melbourne, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Sydney to Melbourne is to fly which takes 3 h 20 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 10 h 48 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 12 h.

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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 Melbourne bus services, operated by Firefly Express, arrive at Melbourne station.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Melbourne.
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  • Distance: 446 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 20 min

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

Jetstar, Virgin Australia and two other airlines fly from Sydney to Melbourne every 20 minutes. Alternatively, XPT operates a train from Sydney to Melbourne twice daily. Tickets cost $60 - $170 and the journey takes 10 h 48 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
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
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
Train operators
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
$80 - $110
Sleeper
$150 - $170
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 Albury to Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
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
$40 - $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
$70 - $130
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$70 - $110
Flexifare
$90 - $130
Murrays Coaches
Phone
(61) 13 22 51
Email
reservations@murrays.com.au
Website
murrays.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Canberra
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
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Murrays Coaches
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
Bus from Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave to Albury
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au

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Sydney to Melbourne train services, operated by XPT, arrive at Southern Cross station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sydney to Melbourne is 860 km. It takes approximately 8 h 56 min to drive from Sydney to Melbourne.

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

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There are 1928+ hotels available in Melbourne. Prices start at $79 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 .

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