How to travel from Alice Springs to Sydney, Australia

The distance between Alice Springs and Sydney is around 2,043km (1,269 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 Sydney 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 Sydney (SYD).

  • Duration3h 20m
  • Flight time2h 55m
  • Typical cost
    A$515($345)
Operated by

Qantas

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3 x bus
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Bus

Take the bus to Adelaide then Albury and then to Sydney.

  • Duration1 day 17h
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$505($340)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

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Train

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

  • Duration1 day 23h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    A$925($620)
Operated by

Multiple train operators

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car
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Drive

Drive to Sydney.

  • Duration1 day 4h
  • Distance2,774km (1,724 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Alice Springs and Sydney

There are several options for getting from Alice Springs to Sydney by plane, bus, train and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around A$505 ($340) and will take around 1 day 17h. 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$515 ($345).

The distance between Alice Springs and Sydney is around 2,043km (1,269 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 2,002km (1,244 miles)

It takes around 3h 20m to get from Alice Springs and Sydney by plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 1 day 4h to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Alice Springs to Sydney is to fly which takes around 3h 20m and will set you back approx A$515 ($345).

The cheapest way to travel between Alice Springs and Sydney, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around A$505 ($340) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

Yes there is a train service that runs between Alice Springs and Sydney. It typically takes around 1 day 23h and departs once a week.

There are no direct train services that runs from Alice Springs to Sydney. However, you can instead can take several connecting trains with a changeover in Adelaide Parklands, Mount Victoria and Strathfield Station. These services run once a week and will take a minimum of 1 day 23h.

Great Southern Rail - The Ghan, Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific and Transport NSW run train services between Alice Springs and Sydney. Trains depart once a week and will take around 1 day 23h, 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 Sydney. It typically takes around 1 day 17h and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Alice Springs to Sydney. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Adelaide and Albury. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 1 day 17h.

Greyhound Australia, V-Line and Firefly Express run regular bus services between Alice Springs and Sydney. Buses run once daily and take around 1 day 17h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Alice Springs and Sydney. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and arrive at Sydney (SYD). The flight takes around 2h 55m.

Yes there is a direct flight between Alice Springs and Sydney with no stop-overs required. Flights typically take around 2h 55m.

Qantas and Virgin Australia fly between Alice Springs and Sydney. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and and arrive into Sydney (SYD). These flights usually take around 2h 55m.

The flight from Alice Springs to Sydney typically takes around 2h 55m. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and and arrive into Sydney (SYD).

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 Alice Springs and Sydney. The distance is around 2,774km (1,724 miles) by road and it will take around 1 day 4h in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Alice Springs to Sydney is to fly which takes, on average, 3h 20m and will usually cost around A$515 ($345).

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Transport options from Alice Springs to Sydney
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly
3h 20m
A$515($345)
every 10 mins2,043km (1,269 miles)
Bus
1 day 17h
A$505($340)
once daily3,082km (1,915 miles)
Train
1 day 23h
A$925($620)
once a week3,241km (2,014 miles)
Drive
1 day 4h
A$370($250)
on demand2,774km (1,724 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