How to travel from Alice Springs to Melbourne, Australia

The distance between Alice Springs and Melbourne is around 1,898km (1,179 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 3h 20m.

4 routes found

We've found 4 different ways to get from Alice Springs to Melbourne by plane, 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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Fly

Fly from Alice Springs (ASP) to Melbourne (MEL).

  • Duration3h 20m
  • Flight time2h 35m
  • Typical cost
    A$570($385)
Operated by

Qantas

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Bus

Take the bus to Adelaide and then to Melbourne.

  • Duration1 day 7h
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$330($225)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

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Train

Take the train to Adelaide Parklands and then to Southern Cross.

  • Duration1 day 9h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    A$600($405)
Operated by

Multiple train operators

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Drive

Drive to Melbourne.

  • Duration23h 20m
  • Distance2,259km (1,403 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Alice Springs and Melbourne

There are several options for getting from Alice Springs to Melbourne by plane, bus, train and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around A$330 ($225) and will take around 1 day 7h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 3h 20m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$570 ($385).

The distance between Alice Springs and Melbourne is around 1,898km (1,179 miles).

It takes around 3h 20m to get from Alice Springs and Melbourne by plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 23h 20m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Alice Springs to Melbourne is to fly which takes around 3h 20m and will set you back approx A$570 ($385).

The cheapest way to travel between Alice Springs and Melbourne, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around A$330 ($225) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

Yes there is a train service that runs between Alice Springs and Melbourne. It typically takes around 1 day 9h and departs once a week.

There are no direct train services that runs from Alice Springs to Melbourne. However, you can instead can take several connecting trains with a changeover in Adelaide Parklands. These services run once a week and will take a minimum of 1 day 9h.

Great Southern Rail - The Ghan and PTV Overland run train services between Alice Springs and Melbourne. Trains depart once a week and will take around 1 day 9h, 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 Alice Springs and Melbourne. It typically takes around 1 day 7h and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Alice Springs to Melbourne. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Adelaide. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 1 day 7h.

Greyhound Australia and Firefly Express run regular bus services between Alice Springs and Melbourne. Buses run once daily and take around 1 day 7h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Alice Springs and Melbourne. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and arrive at Melbourne (MEL). The flight takes around 2h 35m.

Yes there is a direct flight between Alice Springs and Melbourne with no stop-overs required. Flights typically take around 2h 35m.

Qantas and Virgin Australia fly between Alice Springs and Melbourne. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and and arrive into Melbourne (MEL). These flights usually take around 2h 35m.

The flight from Alice Springs to Melbourne typically takes around 2h 35m. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and and arrive into Melbourne (MEL).

The closest major airport to Melbourne is Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL) (MEL) which is approximately 19km (12 miles) from Melbourne. Avalon Airport (AVV) (AVV) and King Island Airport (KNS) (KNS) 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 Alice Springs and Melbourne. The distance is around 2,259km (1,403 miles) by road and it will take around 23h 20m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Alice Springs to Melbourne is to fly which takes, on average, 3h 20m and will usually cost around A$570 ($385).

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Compare travel optionsbetween Alice Springs and Melbourne

Transport options from Alice Springs to Melbourne
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly
3h 20m
A$570($385)
every 20 mins1,898km (1,179 miles)
Bus
1 day 7h
A$330($225)
once daily2,268km (1,409 miles)
Train
1 day 9h
A$600($405)
once a week2,363km (1,469 miles)
Drive
23h 20m
A$300($200)
on demand2,259km (1,403 miles)

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Airports near Melbourne

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

MEL
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL)
International Airport
Distance
19km (12 miles) from Melbourne
AVV
Avalon Airport (AVV)
International Airport
Distance
49km (30 miles) from Melbourne
KNS
King Island Airport (KNS)
Domestic Airport
Distance
248km (154 miles) from Melbourne