Sydney and Brisbane are the two largest cities on Australia's east coast, and while they're quite close together by Australian standards, there's still 580 miles (940 kms) between them. Here's how to get from Sydney to Brisbane.

By Air

Duration: 1.5 hours

Multiple flights run every day between Sydney and Brisbane, and flying is the quickest and easiest mode of transport. Travelers short on time, or who fly into Sydney and plan to travel around Queensland, will find that flying is the most convenient option. It's also often the cheapest option too, depending on how far in advance you book.

By Rental Car or Private Transfer

Duration: 10 hours

It takes about 10 hours to drive between Sydney and Brisbane, although spreading the trip over several days is a good idea. The quickest route follows the coast much of the way, although inland routes are also an option. Travelers can stop at places like the Central Coast, Newcastle, Byron Bay, and the Gold Coast en route from Sydney to Brisbane.

By Bus

Duration: 17 hours

Direct buses run between Sydney and Brisbane. This is much longer than driving directly, but as overnight services are available, this could be a good option for travelers who don't want to fly or drive themselves, and saves a night's accommodation costs.

Long-distance buses are reasonably comfortable, with scheduled meal and bathroom stops, and some have basic toilets on board, although sleeping on an upright seat on a bus is never going to be very comfortable.

By Train

Duration: 14 hours

One train per day leaves Sydney in the late afternoon, arriving early the next morning in Brisbane. It's slower than driving, but if you are inclined to take an overnight trip, the train might be more comfortable than taking an overnight bus.


Map of How to Get from Sydney to Brisbane
Map of How to Get from Sydney to Brisbane