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There are 8 ways to get from Sydney to Melbourne by plane, bus, train, night train or car

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Fly Sydney to Melbourne

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

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Melbourne

Fly Sydney to Avalon, bus

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Avalon (AVV)
  2. Take the bus from Avalon Airport to Melbourne Southern Cross

Train to Wollongong, fly to Melbourne Essendon Apt

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Albion Park Station
  2. Fly from Wollongong (WOL) to Melbourne Essendon Apt (MEB)

Train

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Southern Cross

Bus via Liverpool Station, Stand G

  1. Take the bus from Liverpool to Melbourne

Night train

  1. Take the night train from Central Station to Southern Cross

Drive

  1. Drive from Sydney to Melbourne

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The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Melbourne is to bus via Liverpool Station, Stand G which costs $60 - $75 and takes 12h 13m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Melbourne is to fly which costs $100 - $450 and takes 3h 33m.

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

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Central Station station and arriving at Southern Cross. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10h 50m.

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It is 714 km from Sydney to Melbourne. It is approximately 865 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Melbourne without a car is to train which takes 10h 50m and costs $75 - $250.

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It takes approximately 3h 33m to get from Sydney to Melbourne, including transfers.

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Sydney to Melbourne bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Sydney station.

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

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The best way to get from Sydney to Melbourne is to fly which takes 3h 33m and costs $100 - $450. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $75 - $250 and takes 10h 50m, you could also bus, which costs $60 - $250 and takes 12h.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Melbourne.
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  • Distance: 713.6 km
  • Duration: 3h 33m

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

Jetstar, Qantas and two other airlines fly from Sydney to Melbourne every 20 minutes. Alternatively, NSW TrainLink XPT operates a train from Central Station to Southern Cross once daily. Tickets cost $75 - $250 and the journey takes 10h 50m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $600
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $650
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $600
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Link Airways
Website
linkairways.com
Flights from Wollongong to Melbourne Essendon Apt
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $600
Train operators
Transport for NSW

Transport for NSW manages public transport for Australia’s New South Wales region, including metro, train, bus, ferry, light rail and coach. Hubs include Sydney, Byron Bay, Newcastle and Wollongong. Use an Opal card for cheapest fares in greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, the Hunter and the Illawarra. Tickets for regional train and bus services need to be booked before travel (Opal cards are not accepted).

Contact Details
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Albion Park Station
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
Transport NSW
Opal card
$7 - $10
Opal single trip ticket
$8 - $12
NSW TrainLink XPT
Phone
132 232
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
10h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $250
Website
XPT
Economy
$75 - $100
First
$100 - $140
Sleeper
$210 - $250
Bus operators
SkyBus
Phone
+61 (0)3 9335 2811
Email
info@skybus.com.au
Website
skybus.com.au
Bus from Avalon Airport to Melbourne Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $24
Website
Skybus
Book at
Skybus
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 Melbourne
Ave. Duration
12h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $250
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Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$130 - $200
Advantage
$150 - $230
Premium
$170 - $250
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
11h 35m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $65
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Liverpool to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
10h 25m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $65
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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

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Sydney to Melbourne bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Melbourne station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Sydney to Melbourne is 865 km. It takes approximately 8h 57m to drive from Sydney to Melbourne.

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

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There are 753+ hotels available in Melbourne. 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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