Distance between Sydney and Melbourne
The distance from Sydney to Melbourne is 864 kilometers by road including 841 kilometers on motorways. Road takes approximately 8 hours and 7 minutes and goes through Wodonga, Wangaratta, Haymarket, Surry Hills, Redfern, Waterloo and Alexandria.
Shortest distance by air  714 km ✈️ 
Car route length  864 km 🚗 
Driving time  8 h 7 min 
Fuel amount  69.1 L 
Fuel cost  115.4 AUD 
Point  Distance  Time  Fuel  
Sydney  0 km  00 min  0.0 L  
1 km, 01 min


Haymarket  1 km  01 min  0.1 L  
1 km, 01 min


Surry Hills  2 km  02 min  0.1 L  
1 km, 01 min


Redfern  3 km  04 min  0.2 L  
1 km, 00 min


Waterloo  4 km  04 min  0.3 L  
2 km, 01 min


Alexandria  5 km  06 min  0.3 L  
2 km, 01 min


St Peters  7 km  08 min  0.5 L  
M8 M31 548 km, 5 h 02 min


Wodonga  555 km  5 h 10 min  44.2 L  
M31 69 km, 37 min


Wangaratta  624 km  5 h 48 min  49.6 L  
M31 242 km, 2 h 19 min


Melbourne  866 km  8 h 07 min  69.2 L 
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to drive from Sydney to Melbourne?
Fuel cost: 115.4 AUD
This fuel cost is calculated as: (Route length 864 km / 100 km) * (Fuel consumption 8 L/100 km) * (Fuel price 1.67 AUD / L)
You can adjust fuel consumption and fuel price here.
How long is a car ride from Sydney to Melbourne?
Driving time: 8 h 7 min
This time is calculated for driving at the maximum permitted speed, taking into account traffic rules restrictions.
 785 km with a maximum speed 110 km/h = 7 h 8 min
 41 km with a maximum speed 100 km/h = 24 min
 20 km with a maximum speed 80 km/h = 14 min
 5 km with a maximum speed 70 km/h = 3 min
 8 km with a maximum speed 60 km/h = 7 min
 2 km with a maximum speed 50 km/h = 2 min
 3 km with a maximum speed 40 km/h = 4 min
The calculated driving time does not take into account intermediate stops and traffic jams.
How far is Sydney to Melbourne by land?
The distance between Sydney and Melbourne is 864 km by road including 841 km on motorways.
Precise satellite coordinates of highways were used for this calculation. The start and finish points are the centers of Sydney and Melbourne respectively.
How far is Sydney to Melbourne by plane?
The shortest distance (air line, as the crow flies) between Sydney and Melbourne is 714 km.
This distance is calculated using the Haversine formula as a greatcircle distance between two points on the surface of a sphere. The start and finish points are the centers of Sydney and Melbourne respectively. Actual distance between airports may be different.
How many hours is Sydney from Melbourne by plane?
Boeing 737 airliner needs 53 min to cover the distance of 714 km at a cruising speed of 800 km/h.
Small plane "Cessna 172" needs 3 h 14 min to flight this distance at average speed of 220 km/h.
This time is approximate and do not take into account takeoff and landing times, airport location and other real world factors.
How long is a helicopter ride from Sydney to Melbourne?
Fast helicopter "Eurocopter AS350" or "Hughes OH6 Cayuse" need 2 h 58 min to cover the distance of 714 km at a cruising speed of 240 km/h.
Popular "Robinson R44" needs 3 h 24 min to flight this distance at average speed of 210 km/h.
This time is approximate and do not take into account takeoff and landing times, aerodrome location and other real world factors.
What city is halfway between Sydney and Melbourne?
The halfway point between Sydney and Melbourne is Tarcutta. It is located about 11 km from the exact midpoint by road.
The distance from Tarcutta to Sydney is 421 km and driving will take about 3 h 56 min. The road between Tarcutta and Melbourne has length 443 km and will take approximately 4 h 10 min.
The other cities located close to halfway point:
Where is Sydney in relation to Melbourne?
Sydney is located 714 km northeast of Melbourne.
Sydney has geographic coordinates: latitude 33.86796, longitude 151.21005.
Melbourne has geographic coordinates: latitude 37.81422, longitude 144.96315.
Which highway goes from Sydney to Melbourne?
The route from Sydney to Melbourne follows M31.
Other minor sections pass along the road:
 M5: 22 km
 B400: 15 km
 M8: 10 km
 45: 9 km
 29: 2 km