Melbourne to Canberra

Melbourne to Canberra

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Melbourne to Canberra Schedule

Melbourne to Canberra Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Qantas Airways Economy #QF151407:55 - 09:00€ 359.04
Qantas Airways Economy #QF151408:05 - 09:10$ 218.12
Virgin Australia Airlines Economy #VA26711:10 - 12:15$ 154.43
Jetstar Airways Economy #JQ65412:00 - 13:05AUD 307.93
Qantas Airways Economy #QF152415:20 - 16:25$ 341.92
Virgin Australia Airlines Economy #VA28117:05 - 18:10AUD 395.36
Qantas Airways Economy #QF152818:25 - 19:30€ 610.98
Virgin Australia Airlines Economy 20:20 - 15:00€ 658.92
Greyhound Australia AC Seater 22:00 - 06:00€ 83.96

Transportation from Melbourne to Canberra

Melbourne to Canberra Destination Reviews

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How to get from Melbourne to Canberra

When you want to get from Melbourne to Canberra, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Flight
  • Bus

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Flight. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Bus ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A flight ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 425.92. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 94.14.

How far is Melbourne from Canberra?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Melbourne to Canberra. Your trip will be a total of 428 miles (688 km). The flying distance is 331 miles (531 km).

How long does it take to get from Melbourne to Canberra?

The travel time from Melbourne to Canberra can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 2 to 8 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Melbourne to Canberra?

The cost of the trip from Melbourne to Canberra varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Greyhound Australia: travelling by bus expect to pay as low as USD 94.14 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a flight - a one-way flight ticket can cost as much as USD 425.92.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Melbourne to Canberra:

  • Bus tickets - USD 94.14 to USD 94.14;
  • Plane tickets - USD 169.89 to USD 426.13;

How many trips per day are there between Melbourne and Canberra?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Flights from Melbourne to Canberra depart during the day - there are approximately 13 departures a day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 22:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 22:00. There are 1 available bus trips every day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Melbourne to Canberra. While it’s often the most expensive option, tool, occasionally you can grab promotional tickets for more or less the price of a train or a ferry ticket. Normally, the minimum you need to pay for a Plane ticket is USD 169.89.

Things to remember before boarding a plane:

  • It’s recommended to book a ticket in advance and check-in online. This way, you can save over 2 hours at the airport, and if your seat selection is on a first come first served basis you will have more options to choose from.
  • Getting through security checks may take some time - it’s recommended to get to the airport at least 1.5 hours in advance.

Airlines flying from Melbourne to Canberra

Jetstar Airways, Qantas Airways, Regional Express, Virgin Australia Airlines


Taking a bus from Melbourne to Canberra is cheaper than flying. Quite often, a long-distance bus is the cheapest transportation option. Buses normally make bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way.

Things to remember before opting for a bus ride:

  • If possible, make sure to choose higher-class buses for a more comfortable travel experience. Such buses often have an air conditioning system, soft reclining seats, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc.
  • As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat.
  • While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.

The most popular transport from Melbourne to Canberra

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Melbourne to Canberra? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 91% decided to go for a bus.
  • 9% users took a plane.