How to travel from Adelaide to Canberra, Australia

The distance between Adelaide and Canberra is around 1,163km (723 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to drive which takes around 12h 35m.

3 routes found

We've found 3 different ways to get from Adelaide to Canberra by bus, train and car. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

👋 Also check out CanberraAdelaide if you're planning a return trip.

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Take the bus to Albury and then to Canberra.

  • Duration17h 45m
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$185($125)
Operated by

V-Line

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Train and Bus

Take the train to Southern Cross and then to Wagga Wagga Station Platform 1 then take the bus to West Row after London Cct.

  • Duration18h 35m
  • Departstwice a week
  • Typical cost
    A$170($115)
Operated by

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Drive

Drive to Canberra.

  • Duration12h 35m
  • Distance1,163km (723 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Adelaide and Canberra

There are several options for getting from Adelaide to Canberra by bus, train and car. The cheapest option is to take the train and then take the bus which costs around A$170 ($115) and will take around 18h 35m. If you need to get there more quickly, you can drive and arrive in approximately 12h 35m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$155 ($105).

The distance between Adelaide and Canberra is around 1,163km (723 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 956km (594 miles)

It takes around 17h 45m to get from Adelaide and Canberra by bus. If you are travelling by car it will take around 12h 35m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Adelaide to Canberra is to drive which takes around 12h 35m and will set you back approx A$155 ($105).

The cheapest way to travel between Adelaide and Canberra, if you exclude driving, is to take the train and then take the bus which will typically cost around A$170 ($115) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Adelaide and Canberra. We recommend that you drive to Canberra. instead which will take 12h 35m.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Adelaide and Canberra. It typically takes around 17h 45m and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Adelaide to Canberra. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Albury. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 17h 45m.

V-Line and Greyhound Australia run regular bus services between Adelaide and Canberra. Buses run once daily and take around 17h 45m on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

It doesn't look like you can fly directly from Adelaide to Canberra. We recommend that you take the bus to Albury and then to Canberra. instead which will take 17h 45m.

The closest major airport to Canberra is Canberra International Airport (CBR) (CBR) which is approximately 8km (5 miles) from Canberra. Moruya Airport (MYA) (MYA) and Wagga Wagga Airport (WGA) (WGA) are also nearby and might be a better alternative airport depending on where you are flying from.

Drive yourself

Yes it is possible to drive from Adelaide and Canberra. The distance is around 1,163km (723 miles) by road and it will take around 12h 35m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Adelaide to Canberra is to take the bus which takes, on average, 17h 45m and will usually cost around A$185 ($125).

How do I get from Adelaide to Canberra

Compare travel optionsbetween Adelaide and Canberra

Transport options from Adelaide to Canberra
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Bus
17h 45m
A$185($125)
once daily1,263km (785 miles)
Train and Bus
18h 35m
A$170($115)
twice a week1,492km (927 miles)
Drive
12h 35m
A$155($105)
on demand1,163km (723 miles)

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Airports near Canberra

The following major airports near Canberra offer regular flights to various popular destinations within Australia and internationally.

CBR
Canberra International Airport (CBR)
International Airport
Distance
8km (5 miles) from Canberra
MYA
Moruya Airport (MYA)
Domestic Airport
Distance
116km (72 miles) from Canberra
WGA
Wagga Wagga Airport (WGA)
Domestic Airport
Distance
149km (93 miles) from Canberra