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Bus from Sydney to Melbourne

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Bus from Sydney to Melbourne

Four of us ( incld 2 kids ) plan to take bus from Sydney to Melbourne. Apart from Greyhound, Murray, Firefly and Premier, would appreciate to know if there are any other bus companies plying between these two cities.Thnks

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1. Re: Bus from Sydney to Melbourne

Have you considered flying? When we booked our internal flights as part of our international itinerary, the individual flights worked out to about $60 each. Why suffer through the bus?

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2. Re: Bus from Sydney to Melbourne

I would take the plane or even the train before the bus. Sydney-Melbourne is too far on a bus especially with kids. Sale fares for the plane are normally less than $120

If there's a reason you don't want a plane, the train is a bit more expensive, but at least you can walk around.

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3. Re: Bus from Sydney to Melbourne

Even hiring a car with one-way option could be cheaper for the four of you. With two drivers, you can leave lunchtime from Sydney and arrive lunchtime the next day fairly comfortably, and accommodation on the road will cost less than Sydney or Melbourne.

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4. Re: Bus from Sydney to Melbourne

If you want to avoid airports and flights, see the countryside and travel in civilised comfort, take the XPT train - see www.countrylink.info for online booking or to check prices.

Two XPT trains link Sydney and Melbourne daily, one by day, the other overnight with both seats and a sleeping-car.

The 07:42 XPT from Sydney arrives Melbourne 18:55

The 20:40 XPT from Sydney arrives Melbourne 07:35, sleepers available.

That's city centre to city centre, of course!

the sleeping-car has 2-berth compartments, and each pair of adjacent compartments has a toilet and hot shower outside it.

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5. Re: Bus from Sydney to Melbourne

<see the countryside and travel in civilised comfort>

Not in a country link train from Sydney to Melbourne you won't!!

The 'countryside' such as it is, is generally obscured by railway cuttings and trees growin along the tracks. Most of it is boring farmland.

The seats are not that comfortable.

You can get up and wander around. That's a plus. There is a toilet. Another plus. But use it early as it gets quite smelly after a while.

The food is awful and they usually run out of the good stuff very early in the trip.

Trains in Australia are expensive and generally used by pensioners on their freebies or people traveling between intermediate stations.

Do not confuse Countrylink with The Ghan or the Indian pacific.

Buses are uncomfortable especially with kids.

I'm with the others. Fly or rent a car and drive.

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6. Re: Bus from Sydney to Melbourne

Those are the main ones so that should be plenty of choice. I haven't heard of any others. Bear in mind this is a 900km trip and some of them may go via Canberra. Bus & Train are certainly a good way to see the countryside or to do overnight trips however if time is of the essence on your holiday then consider flying:

http://www.virginaustralia.com

http://www.jetstar.com.au

http://www.qantas.com.au

Or Tiger Airways if you want the real budget experience!

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7. Re: Bus from Sydney to Melbourne

Hi, thnks for the replies from all. With early bird discount, the airfare could be marginally lower. Given options, we prefer by bus and perhaps by train so that can have country-side view along the way and both my kids are comfortable with this mode.

Thnks on train info, we may just book one way and it appears to cost less ( A$ 224 ) for 2 adults + 2 kids ? Can someone confirm ?

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8. Re: Bus from Sydney to Melbourne

How old are the children?

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9. Re: Bus from Sydney to Melbourne

Just a comparison to consider, the bus trip would be like twice KL to Singapore with usually just one food outlet at the fuel station/roadhouse stops. The Aust buses won't have the big comfortable Asian style seats with lots of legroom. Think sardines in a can. An early morning flight would give you most of the day to do extra exploring in Melbourne (or late evening for extra Sydney time)

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10. Re: Bus from Sydney to Melbourne

all i know is that the trip from bawley point to sydney airport on premier is 5hrs of hell compared to a car journey of 3.5 hours. cramped, many many stops and there can be a rather 'interesting' passenger demographic