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Melbourne to Sydney bus tour

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Melbourne to Sydney bus tour

Is there away to get from Melbourne to Sydney by tour bus, with a guide and some sightseeing? I assume it would be an overnight trip, so what type of accomodations and level of bus comfort can be expected? I know that flights are short and reasonably priced, but think this might be a way to get a real feel for the country.

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1. Re: Melbourne to Sydney bus tour

To be anything other than a drag, seeing lots of bitumen and not a lot else it would need to be a tour of more than an overnight but several days long. If you don’t have say 4-5 days to spare, I’d just fly and use the time in both cities to explore outside them.

There are a lot of flights between these 2 cities for a reason!

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2. Re: Melbourne to Sydney bus tour

Just fly (that's what 90% of people do) - there are no overnight tours apart for the Greyhound bus (which is not a tour).

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3. Re: Melbourne to Sydney bus tour

On google there appears to be a few operators doing a 2 day tour.

This is not a personal recommendation (don’t like escorted tours) but AAT King’s are repuga .e. D have been established for decades and this *5 day itinerary sounds quite interesting and would make not dashing between the 2 cities worthwhile

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Australian Pacific probably have something similar

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4. Re: Melbourne to Sydney bus tour

At the other end of the spectrum, Bunyip Tours offer this 2 Day/1 night Melb-Sydndey trip.

www.bunyiptours.com/australian-country-tours/

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5. Re: Melbourne to Sydney bus tour

Hi,

I'd rather have root canal therapy. Fly!

Cheers,

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6. Re: Melbourne to Sydney bus tour

A Sydney to Melbourne road trip is best done over a leisurely week in your own car to allow exploration of the many beaches, farms, small towns and national parks. It's a lovely trip.

However if you don't have a car, then the tours do seem to be a good way of seeing a bit of the country. I had a quick look at the examples posted above and the AAT itinerary makes sense. Bunyip is a bit less explicit about the route.

Driving Sydney to Melbourne on the most direct route takes ten hours. This is a boring inland highway, so to show you the sights, the bus needs to detour, and potentially take you partly down the slower coast road (where you also need to detour off the highway).

This means that it's worth spending two nights getting there so you see a few things.

I've not been on the bus tours so can't comment on bus comfort, but I expect you get what you pay for. The big coach companies should have comfortable facilities, and you can check the reviews on TripAdvisor.

As mentioned above, the Greyhound bus line is for people who want to get from "A to B" cheaply - it's not a tour. It's much better to fly than take the bus as an A to B option (because the route doesn't let you see much and its slow).

Like OZRCflyer I'm not a big fan of bus tours but I have used them when overseas and not had my own transport - they have definitely allowed me to see things that I otherwise could not.

Edited: 16 January 2018, 22:22
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7. Re: Melbourne to Sydney bus tour

PS Seapointer - there might be better options that we can suggest you slip into your itinerary. Feel free to post it and I'm sure you'll get feedback.

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8. Re: Melbourne to Sydney bus tour

Driving from Melbourne to Sydney would be a bit shorter than a drive from NYC to Atlanta, so I wouldn't really want to do it as a two-day journey. You'd spend all your time on a bus looking out the window and counting down the minutes until the next toilet break.

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9. Re: Melbourne to Sydney bus tour

Melbourne to Sydney is 878km. New York to Atlanta is 873mi or 1400km. It's not "a bit shorter" by any logical stretch.

Yes, flying is quicker and cheaper. But if you've got the time and want to see some sights along the way, there's no reason not to take a bus tour if the time, sites and price suit you.

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10. Re: Melbourne to Sydney bus tour

As mentioned, its not something that a local would do but why not? We tend to take our vast landscape for granted but as an overseas visitor, you might appreciate the guided journey. I actually quite like the sound of both of the tours but think the AAT Kings one is a bit pricey, especially when it only costs $70 to fly between Sydney and Melbourne. But yes, you get all the other goodies which forms the overall experience. Let us know where you end up in th end. Cheers, BB

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