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

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Fly to Adelaide  •  4h 2m

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Adelaide (ADL) SYD - ADL

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Bus  •  22h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Sydney Central Station to Albury Melbourne
  2. Take the bus from Albury to 85 Franklin St Sydney - Adelaide Via Albury

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Fly to Mount Gambier  •  5h 7m

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Mount Gambier (MGB) SYD - MGB

Fly to Whyalla  •  5h 15m

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Whyalla (WYA) SYD - WYA

Train  •  26h 25m

  1. Take the train from Sydney Central Station to Adelaide Parklands Indian Pacific

Drive  •  14h 39m

  1. Drive from Sydney to Adelaide 1371.3 km

Sydney to South Australia by bus

The bus journey time between Sydney and South Australia is around 22h 35m and covers a distance of around 1547 km. This includes an average layover time of around 1h. Operated by Greyhound Australia, Firefly Express and V/Line, the Sydney to South Australia bus service departs from Sydney Central Station and arrives in 85 Franklin St. Typically seven buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

7 Weekly Buses
22h 35m Average Duration
$76 Cheapest Price
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Questions & Answers

The cost-effective way to get from Sydney to South Australia is to bus, which costs $75 - $230 and takes 22h 35m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to South Australia is to fly which costs $130 - $390 and takes 4h 2m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sydney station to South Australia. However, there are services departing from Sydney Central Station and arriving at 85 Franklin St via Albury. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22h 35m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Sydney Central Station station and arriving at Adelaide Parklands. Services depart once a week, and operate Wednesday. The journey takes approximately 26h 25m.

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The distance between Sydney and South Australia is 1510 km. The road distance is 1371.3 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney to South Australia without a car is to bus which takes 22h 35m and costs $75 - $230.

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It takes approximately 4h 2m to get from Sydney to South Australia, including transfers.

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Sydney to South Australia bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Sydney Central Station.

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Sydney to South Australia train services, operated by Journey Beyond - Indian Pacific, depart from Sydney Central Station.

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The best way to get from Sydney to South Australia is to fly which takes 4h 2m and costs $130 - $390. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $75 - $230 and takes 22h 35m, you could also train, which costs $390 - $2,200 and takes 26h 25m.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to South Australia.
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  • Distance: 1510 km
  • Duration: 4h 2m

What companies run services between Sydney, NSW, Australia and South Australia?

Qantas, Jetstar and two other airlines fly from Sydney to Adelaide hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Sydney to Adelaide via Albury in around 22h 35m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Adelaide via Canberra
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Adelaide via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Mount Gambier via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
5h 7m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $950
Flights from Sydney to Mount Gambier via Canberra, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $950
Flights from Sydney to Mount Gambier via Brisbane, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $950
Flights from Sydney to Whyalla via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $950
Flights from Sydney to Whyalla via Melbourne, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,200
Flights from Sydney to Whyalla via Canberra, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,200
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Adelaide via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Mount Gambier via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Mount Gambier via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
4h 33m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Mount Gambier via Wagga Wagga, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Mount Gambier via Merimbula, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Adelaide via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Train operators
Journey Beyond - Indian Pacific
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@journeybeyond.com
Website
journeybeyondrail.com.au
Train from Sydney Central Station to Adelaide Parklands
Ave. Duration
26h 25m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$390 - $2,200
Book at
https://bookings.journeybeyondrail.com.au/
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$400
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$650 - $900
Low Gold Single Cabin
$700 - $950
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$850 - $1,100
GOLD TWIN
$850 - $1,300
GOLD SINGLE
$700 - $1,300
PLATINUM
$1,700 - $2,200
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Sydney Central Station to Albury
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$90 - $210
Website
https://www.greyhound.com.au/
Schedules at
https://www.greyhound.com.au/timetables
Early Bird
$90 - $130
Advantage
$110 - $160
Flexible
$130 - $210
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Sydney Central Station to Albury Railway Station
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $130
Website
http://www.fireflyexpress.com.au
V/Line
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Bus from Albury to 85 Franklin St
Ave. Duration
14h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Off Peak
$16 - $23

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Adelaide Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 5m.

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Sydney to South Australia bus services, operated by V/Line, arrive at 85 Franklin St station.

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South Australia is 30 min behind Sydney. It is currently 1:58 PM in Sydney and 1:28 PM in South Australia.

Sydney to South Australia train services, operated by Journey Beyond - Indian Pacific, arrive at Adelaide Parklands station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sydney to South Australia is 1371 km. It takes approximately 14h 39m to drive from Sydney to South Australia.

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

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The best way to get from Sydney to Sydney Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs $18 - $22.

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