How to get to Melbourne

Are you thinking of going to Melbourne? Don't know how to get there or how far it is? Then discover what you can do on your drive to this city!

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Getting to Melbourne is pretty simple. You'll either be driving, catching a plane, or using public transport of some sort (a train or bus) . Whatever your desired mode of transport I can help you out. Keep reading and take the hassle out of planning your trip.

Driving to Melbourne


The Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road.
The Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road!
If driving from Adelaide you should see them!
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You will most likely be driving from one of the two closest capital cities. Driving from Sydney (New South Wales) will take you pretty much a whole day as it is 877 kms away if you drive the most direct route. Likewise, driving from Adelaide (South Australia) will take up most of the day as its most direct route is a 727 kms journey.

Both these routes are along major highways and freeways, so you can drive 100-110 kms per hour most of the way.

When driving from Adelaide, many people opt to follow the Great Ocean Road. This turns the trip into a 900-1000 km journey which takes two days due to the windy mountainous roads. However, it is an absolute gorgeous drive and if you haven't done it yet, I highly suggest it - the Great Ocean Road drive truly is one of Australia's most beautiful and breath taking.

Likewise, when driving from Sydney, many people often choose to stop over in Canberra for the night and check out Australia's Capital Territory

If you don't have your own transport, you have to make a decision. Will you take a camper van or take a rental car?




To find out the best way to rent a car or camper van in Australia (and there are some tricks to it!), check out the Getting around Australia - cars & camper vans page now!



Public Transport to Melbourne.

You can catch one of the many bus or train services to Melbourne from virtually anywhere in Australia! Check out the Getting around Australia - public transport page now to search ALL the public transport networks right across the country!



Flying to Melbourne.

If you fly to Melbourne, getting into the city is a breeze. There are two airports to drop passengers off, most landing at Tullamarine which is 22 kms from the city centre, but some go to Avalon, which is 55 kms to the city centre. Whatever airline you choose to fly with and where ever you land there are regular shuttle services into the city.

Have a look at the Getting around Australia - flights page to compare all airline providers right across the country!

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