Sydney to Melbourne

Sydney to Melbourne

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Sydney to Melbourne Schedule

Sydney to Melbourne Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Jetstar Airways Economy #JQ50106:00 - 07:35$ 86.34
Jetstar Airways Economy #JQ60508:10 - 09:40AUD 210.68
Jetstar Airways Economy #JQ51311:50 - 14:25€ 373.83
Qantas Airways Economy #QF44713:20 - 14:55$ 493.57
Qantas Airways Economy #QF44914:00 - 15:35AUD 471.07
Qantas Airways Economy #QF46316:15 - 17:40$ 305.19
Jetstar Airways Economy #JQ52718:20 - 20:55€ 373.83
Jetstar Airways Economy #JQ53521:45 - 23:15$ 202.05
Virgin Australia Airlines Economy #VA89822:00 - 00:35€ 488.58

Transportation from Sydney to Melbourne

Sydney to Melbourne Destination Reviews

Clean, friendly and people really helpful
Train #621 Economy Class, NSW TrainLink, Dec 21, 2022
The staff is very helpful. The train is comfortable, the only drawback was the change of train to a bus (which luckily took us to Melbourne) pity the issue of flooding. The only thing I would ask the staff, is that foreigners who do not speak the language well, speak slowly and modularly, since I understand almost nothing because they speak too quickly. Thanks for everything, Lee is a good boy.
Train #621 Economy Class, NSW TrainLink, Oct 17, 2022
8 customer reviews

How to get from Sydney to Melbourne

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

  • Flight
  • Bus
  • Train

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 381.17. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as USD 65.13.

How far is Sydney from Melbourne?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Sydney to Melbourne. Your trip will be a total of 521 miles (838 km). The flying distance is 501 miles (805 km).

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

The travel time from Sydney to Melbourne can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 2 to 12 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Sydney to Melbourne varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is NSW TrainLink: travelling by train expect to pay as low as USD 65.13 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 381.17.

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

  • Plane tickets - USD 65.27 to USD 381.22;
  • Train tickets - USD 65.27 to USD 91.66;
  • Bus tickets - USD 65.97 to USD 104.16;

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

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

  • Flights from Sydney to Melbourne depart during the day - there are approximately 55 departures a day.
  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 4 trains per day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 17:30 - you can also take a bus as late as 19:00. There are 3 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 Sydney to Melbourne. 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 65.27.

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 Sydney to Melbourne

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


Taking a bus from Sydney to Melbourne 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.


Things to remember while choosing a train ticket:
Consider everything carefully while choosing the class of your train travel. In most cases, the second class is comfortable enough – it features 2 or 4 berths in each compartment and is often air-conditioned.

If you’re in for a premium experience, consider getting a first class ticket. The price of first class tickets may include Wifi, and a choice of snacks and drinks.

The most popular transport from Sydney to Melbourne

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Sydney to Melbourne? 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:

  • 95% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 4% decided to go for a bus.
  • 1% Other