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

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Fly to Melbourne  •  3h 33m

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

$96 - $286

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Bus  •  11h 35m

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

$60 - $230

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Fly to Avalon, bus  •  4h 52m

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

$96 - $272

Train  •  10h 48m

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

$75 - $250

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 km

$95 - $150

Sydney to Melbourne by train

The train journey time between Sydney and Melbourne is around 10h 49m and covers a distance of around 938 km. The fastest train normally takes 10h 48m. Operated by XPT, the Sydney to Melbourne train service departs from Central Station and arrives in Southern Cross. Typically 16 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Sydney to Melbourne train schedules

Sydney → Melbourne
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Melbourne is to drive which costs $95 - $150 and takes 8h 57m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Melbourne is to fly which costs $95 - $290 and takes 3h 33m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sydney and arriving at Melbourne. Services depart four times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. 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 twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10h 48m.

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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 48m 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 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 33m and costs $95 - $290. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $75 - $250 and takes 10h 48m, you could also bus, which costs $60 - $230 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 33m

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

Jetstar, Garuda Indonesia and three other airlines fly from Sydney to Melbourne every 30 minutes. Alternatively, XPT operates a train from Central Station to Southern Cross twice daily. Tickets cost $75 - $250 and the journey takes 10h 48m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $500
Flights from Sydney to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $340
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $310
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Flights from Sydney to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $340
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $550
Garuda Indonesia
Website
garuda-indonesia.com
Flights from Sydney to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$2,500 - $5,500
Train operators
XPT
Phone
132 232
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
10h 48m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $250
Website
XPT
Economy
$75 - $100
First
$100 - $140
Sleeper
$210 - $250
Bus operators
Skybus
Phone
+61 3 9335 2811
Email
info@skybus.com.au
Website
skybus.com.au
Bus from Avalon Airport to Melbourne Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
3 times a day
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
3 times a week
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
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $230
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Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$120 - $180
Advantage
$140 - $210
Premium
$150 - $230

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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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Garuda Indonesia, Regional Express, Jetstar and two other airlines offer flights from Sydney Airport to Melbourne Airport.

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There are 2429+ hotels available in Melbourne. 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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