There are 7 ways to get from Sydney to Melbourne by plane, bus, train, night train or car

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Fly to Melbourne  •  3h 18m

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

$101 - $356

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Bus  •  11h 35m

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

$60 - $190

5 alternative options

Fly to Avalon, bus  •  4h 44m

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Avalon (AVV) SYD - AVV
  2. Take the bus from Avalon Airport/Outside Terminal to Skybus Coach Terminal/Spencer St

$81 - $332

Train  •  10h 50m

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

$75 - $250

Bus, train  •  14h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Sydney Airport T1 to Canberra
  2. Take the bus from Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave to Wodonga
  3. Take the train from Wodonga to Southern Cross

$133 - $183

Night train  •  10h 48m

  1. Take the night train from Central Station to Southern Cross 621

$75 - $250

Drive  •  8h 57m

  1. Drive from Sydney to Melbourne 865.5 km

$110 - $170

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Melbourne is to train which costs $75 - $250 and takes 10h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Melbourne is to fly which costs $100 - $360 and takes 3h 18m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sydney and arriving at Melbourne. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11h 35m.

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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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The distance between Sydney and Melbourne is 714 km. The road distance is 865.5 km.

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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 18m 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, depart from Central Station.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Melbourne is to fly which takes 3h 18m and costs $100 - $360. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $75 - $250 and takes 10h 50m, you could also bus, which costs $60 - $190 and takes 11h 35m.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Melbourne.
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  • Distance: 713.6 km
  • Duration: 3h 18m

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 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 - $850
Flights from Sydney to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $340
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Flights from Sydney to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $340
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $280
Train operators
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
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XPT bookings
Economy
$75 - $100
First
$100 - $140
Sleeper
$210 - $250
V-Line

V/Line provides passenger rail and coach services to regional destinations across Victoria, Australia. Services go to/from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne. 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 coach travel and long-distance train services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have tray tables and larger reclining seats with more leg room.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Train from Wodonga to Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Off Peak
$35 - $50
Bus operators
Skybus
Phone
+61 3 9335 2811
Email
info@skybus.com.au
Website
skybus.com.au
Bus from Avalon Airport/Outside Terminal to Skybus Coach Terminal/Spencer St
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $24
Website
Skybus
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
11h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $70
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, 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 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $190
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$110 - $150
Premium
$140 - $190
Advantage
$150 - $180
V-Line

V/Line provides passenger rail and coach services to regional destinations across Victoria, Australia. Services go to/from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne. 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 coach travel and long-distance train services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have tray tables and larger reclining seats with more leg room.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Bus from Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave to Wodonga
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Off Peak
$35 - $55

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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 Firefly Express, arrive at Melbourne station.

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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 865 km. It takes approximately 8h 57m to drive from Sydney to Melbourne.

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

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There are 2336+ 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.

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