How to travel from Adelaide to Sydney, Australia

The distance between Adelaide and Sydney is around 1,371km (852 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to drive which takes around 14h 40m.

4 routes found

We've found 4 different ways to get from Adelaide to Sydney by bus, train and car. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

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Bus

Take the bus to Albury and then to Sydney.

  • Duration21h 45m
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$240($160)
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Train

Take the train to Mount Victoria and then to Strathfield Station.

  • Duration24h 15m
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    A$410($275)
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Multiple train operators

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Drive

Drive to Sydney.

  • Duration14h 40m
  • Distance1,371km (852 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Adelaide and Sydney

There are several options for getting from Adelaide to Sydney by bus, train and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around A$240 ($160) and will take around 21h 45m. If you need to get there more quickly, you can drive and arrive in approximately 14h 40m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$185 ($125).

The distance between Adelaide and Sydney is around 1,371km (852 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,141km (709 miles)

It takes around 21h 45m to get from Adelaide and Sydney by bus. If you are travelling by car it will take around 14h 40m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Adelaide to Sydney is to drive which takes around 14h 40m and will set you back approx A$185 ($125).

The cheapest way to travel between Adelaide and Sydney, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around A$240 ($160) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

Yes there is a train service that runs between Adelaide and Sydney. It typically takes around 24h 15m and departs once a week.

Yes there is a direct train service that runs between Adelaide and Sydney with no changeovers required. The train runs once a week and takes 1 day 4h.

Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific and Transport NSW run train services between Adelaide and Sydney. Trains depart once a week and will take around 24h 15m, however, this may vary depending on the particular service and whether it runs express or stops all stations.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Adelaide and Sydney. It typically takes around 21h 45m and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Adelaide to Sydney. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Albury. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 21h 45m.

V-Line, Greyhound Australia and Firefly Express run regular bus services between Adelaide and Sydney. Buses run once daily and take around 21h 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 Sydney. We recommend that you take the bus to Albury and then to Sydney. instead which will take 21h 45m.

The closest major airport to Sydney is Sydney Airport (SYD) (SYD) which is approximately 28km (17 miles) from Sydney. Newcastle Airport (NTL) (NTL) and Orange Airport (OAG) (OAG) 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 Sydney. The distance is around 1,371km (852 miles) by road and it will take around 14h 40m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Adelaide to Sydney is to take the bus which takes, on average, 21h 45m and will usually cost around A$240 ($160).

How do I get from Adelaide to Sydney

Compare travel optionsbetween Adelaide and Sydney

Transport options from Adelaide to Sydney
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Bus
21h 45m
A$240($160)
once daily1,545km (960 miles)
Train + 1 similar
24h 15m
A$410($275)
once a week1,685km (1,047 miles)
Train to Central Station1 day 4h
A$425($285)
once a week1,684km (1,047 miles)
Drive
14h 40m
A$185($125)
on demand1,371km (852 miles)

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Airports near Sydney

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

SYD
Sydney Airport (SYD)
International Airport
Distance
28km (17 miles) from Sydney
NTL
Newcastle Airport (NTL)
Domestic Airport
Distance
135km (84 miles) from Sydney
OAG
Orange Airport (OAG)
Domestic Airport
Distance
175km (109 miles) from Sydney