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Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $117 or less one-way and $312 or less round-trip.
The cheapest flight from Sydney to Melbourne was found, on average, 89 days before departure.
Book at least 4 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be November, December and January. The cheapest month to fly is May.
Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) has two domestic terminals. If you’re flying to Melbourne (MEL) with Qantas, you should be in Terminal 3; if you’re flying with any other airline (like Virgin Australia, Jetstar, TigerAir and Rex), you’ll likely need to head to Terminal 2.
Sydney Airport has a convenient, onsite pet hotel for passengers who can’t bring their pet on their travels. Hanrob Pet Hotel offers both long-term and short-term accommodation, and the staff provide a premium level of care for pets.
You’ll find park-and-ride, short-term and long-term parking at Sydney Airport. If you’d like to leave your car at the airport during your trip to Melbourne, you’ll need the long-term car park, which can be found in building P3. The cost varies between A$ 9 and A$ 89 per day, depending on the length of your stay. Weekend trips may be eligible for a flat rate of A$ 79.
FAQs for booking Sydney to Melbourne flights
If you’re after a quick and easy way to get from the Sydney CBD to Kingsford Smith Airport, the AirportLink train departs from city stations every 10-15min. The journey takes around 13min from Central Station, and you can tap on and off at the stations with an Opal card or credit card. The adult fare is usually between A$ 16 and A$ 20, depending on whether you travel during peak hours.
There are a number of rideshare companies permitted to pick up passengers from Melbourne Airport. Rideshare providers meet passengers in two locations, depending on which terminal you arrive at. Qantas and Virgin Australia passengers will arrive in Terminals 1 and 3 and can meet rideshare drivers at Lane 1 of the forecourt, outside the arrivals hall. TigerAir, Jetstar, Rex and AirNorth passengers will arrive in Terminal 4 and can meet rideshare drivers on Level 2 of Terminal 4 Ground Transport Hub.
In normal times, a total of 3,984 direct flights connect Sydney to Melbourne weekly. On average, there are 569 departures per day.
Virgin Australia (68 flights per day), Qantas Airways (62 flights per day), and Singapore Airlines (58 flights per day) are the most frequent flyers of this route.
The earliest flight leaves Sydney at 06:00 and lands in Melbourne at 07:35.
The last flight leaves Sydney at 22:15 and lands in Melbourne at 23:45.
All the following airlines operate direct flights between Sydney and Melbourne: American Airlines, Air Canada, British Airways, China Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Jetstar, LATAM Airlines, China Eastern, ANA, Air New Zealand, Air Niugini, Qantas Airways, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Virgin Australia, and Rex.
Scoot, and Singapore Airlines offer inflight Wi-Fi service on the Sydney to Melbourne flight route.
The Boeing 737-800 Passenger/BBJ2 (winglets) is the aircraft model that flies most regularly on the Sydney to Melbourne flight route.
oneworld, Star Alliance, and SkyTeam are the airline alliances operating flights between Sydney and Melbourne, with oneworld being the most commonly used for this route.
There are direct flights from Sydney to Melbourne on a daily basis.
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Hacker Fares allow you to combine one-way tickets in order to save you money over a traditional return ticket. You could then fly to Melbourne with an airline and back to Sydney with another airline.
Sometimes travel dates aren't set in stone. If your preferred travel dates have some wiggle room, flexible dates will show you all the options when flying to Melbourne from Sydney up to 3 days before/after your preferred dates. You can then pick the flights that suit you best.