How to travel from Alice Springs to Swan Hill, Australia

The distance between Alice Springs and Swan Hill is around 1,859km (1,155 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly and then take the train which takes around 7h 20m.

8 routes found

We've found 8 different ways to get from Alice Springs to Swan Hill 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 to Melbourne (MEL), train

Fly from Alice Springs (ASP) to Melbourne (MEL) then take the train to Bendigo and then to Swan Hill.

  • Duration7h 20m
  • Flight time2h 35m
  • Typical cost
    A$790($530)
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Bus

Take the bus to Adelaide and then to Swan Hill.

  • Duration1 day 3h
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$305($205)
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Train

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

  • Duration1 day 15h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    A$610($410)
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Drive

Drive to Swan Hill.

  • Duration20h 15m
  • Distance1,985km (1,234 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Alice Springs and Swan Hill

There are several options for getting from Alice Springs to Swan Hill by plane, bus, train and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around A$305 ($205) and will take around 1 day 3h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and then take the train and arrive in approximately 7h 20m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$790 ($530).

The distance between Alice Springs and Swan Hill is around 1,859km (1,155 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,596km (991 miles)

It takes around 7h 20m to get from Alice Springs and Swan Hill by plane and bus. If you are travelling by car it will take around 20h 15m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Alice Springs to Swan Hill is to fly and then take the train which takes around 7h 20m and will set you back approx A$790 ($530).

The cheapest way to travel between Alice Springs and Swan Hill, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around A$305 ($205) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

Yes there is a train service that runs between Alice Springs and Swan Hill. It typically takes around 1 day 15h and departs once a week.

There are no direct train services that runs from Alice Springs to Swan Hill. However, you can instead can take several connecting trains with a changeover in Adelaide Parklands and Southern Cross. These services run once a week and will take a minimum of 1 day 15h.

Journey Beyond - The Ghan, Journey Beyond - The Overland and V/Line run train services between Alice Springs and Swan Hill. Trains depart once a week and will take around 1 day 15h, 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 Swan Hill. It typically takes around 1 day 3h and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Alice Springs to Swan Hill. 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 3h.

Greyhound Australia and V/Line run regular bus services between Alice Springs and Swan Hill. Buses run once daily and take around 1 day 3h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

It doesn't look like you can fly directly from Alice Springs to Swan Hill. We recommend that you fly from Alice Springs (ASP) to Mildura (MQL) then take the bus to Swan Hill. instead which will take 7h 20m.

The closest major airport to Swan Hill is Mildura Airport (MQL) (MQL) which is approximately 183km (113 miles) from Swan Hill. Griffith Airport (GFF) (GFF) and Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL) (MEL) 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 Swan Hill. The distance is around 1,985km (1,234 miles) by road and it will take around 20h 15m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Alice Springs to Swan Hill is to fly and then take the bus which takes, on average, 7h 20m and will usually cost around A$890 ($600).

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Transport options from Alice Springs to Swan Hill
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly to Melbourne (MEL), train + 4 similar
7h 20m
A$790($530)
twice daily2,202km (1,368 miles)
Plane and Bus7h 20m
A$890($600)
4 times a week2,565km (1,594 miles)
Plane and Train7h 35m
A$825($555)
twice daily2,918km (1,813 miles)
Fly to Albury (ABX), Bus9h 50m
A$825($555)
once daily2,545km (1,581 miles)
Fly to Adelaide (ADL), Bus10h 55m
A$600($405)
once daily1,859km (1,155 miles)
Bus
1 day 3h
A$305($205)
once daily2,056km (1,278 miles)
Train
1 day 15h
A$610($410)
once a week2,709km (1,683 miles)
Drive
20h 15m
A$375($250)
on demand1,985km (1,234 miles)

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Airports near Swan Hill

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

MQL
Mildura Airport (MQL)
Domestic Airport
Distance
183km (113 miles) from Swan Hill
GFF
Griffith Airport (GFF)
Domestic Airport
Distance
258km (161 miles) from Swan Hill
MEL
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL)
International Airport
Distance
284km (176 miles) from Swan Hill