What are your parameters?
The fastest, easiest, cheapest and most convenient way is to fly (1.5-hour flight). But if you want the opportunity and to drive 878.2 km, then you could drive, which takes approx 9 hours. I believe the standard route to Sydney is not a scenic or pretty route either, more so a truck route (?) but someone might be able to assist in this area as I have not driven to Sydney.
Best being price/time/cost?
How long will you be spending in each city and how long is your trip altogether? How many people in your party? Are there things in between the two cities that you wish to see? Coast or inland?
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>>What are your parameters?<< and >>Best being price/time/cost?<<
In general flying suits most circumstances best, but I've seen too many queries on the forum with plans hindered and opportunities missed because tourists booked their transport and accommodation before they even thought about their itinerary, and 'best' is a subjective description anyway, so do take this opportunity to get personalised advice about what is best for you.Edited: 6 years ago
I've only taken the train and flown. The fastest is the plane although door to door it is a long trip, especially get out to Tullamarine and then through the security etc.
The train overnight is good for an experience, I have only used the sleeper service which comes with a private shower and meals. The fare is around $300 one way. However the economy and First seated service does remain popular, especially during the school holidays, fares can be as low as $45 and with the benefit of city centre to city centre connection. See Nswtrainlink.info for timetables etc.Edited: 6 years ago
Not many people drive and it's freeway all the way via the inland route. It's a easy drive on cruise control once outside Melbourne and Sydney (last one hour is in traffic). Some people share the drive and do it in one day. Others break the trip with a overnight in Albury (nice town), Wagga (off the freeway) or even Canberra.
The coast drive is longer in time and road is not freeway but you need time to divert/see things.
How long do you have for the drive ?
My "best" would be to take a week or ten days and travel via the Princess Hwy in early December or late Feb.
My "best" with limited time would be to fly.
I wouldn't consider the train.
Another vore for flying.
As for the flying time, I do the SYD-MEL flight often, and door to door it takes me 3 hours - I allow an extra 20 minutes if travellingduring busy periods - so, yes, it takes about half a day.
The cheapest train fare I could find, selecting several random dates, was $66 the cheapest flight is a bit more - still under $100 on a LCC. The cost of getting to and from airports will generally add about $40.