Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Melbourne to Sydney
Virgin Australia, Etihad Airways and Singapore Airlines have all waived their change and cancellation fees on flights from Melbourne to Sydney. Confirm policies on booking site.
Etihad Airways does not allow booking a middle seat on flights from Melbourne to Sydney.
The average direct flight takes 1h 25m, covering a distance of 705 km.
There are 790 (direct) flights between Melbourne and Sydney per week, averaging 112 per day.
In the past 3 days, the cheapest one-way tickets were found on Jetstar ($26) and Virgin Australia ($39), and the lowest round-trip tickets have been found on Jetstar ($58) and Virgin Australia ($79).
Etihad Airways (23 times daily), Singapore Airlines (22 times daily), Virgin Australia (21 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
From Melbourne to Sydney, Monday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Sunday is the most expensive. Flying from Sydney back to Melbourne , the best deals are generally found on Thursday, with Wednesday being the most expensive.
When flying out of Melbourne you will be using Melbourne, often referred to as Melbourne Airport. You will be landing at Sydney Kingsford Smith, also known as Sydney Airport.
There are no hotels located onsite at Sydney Airport, however, there area hotels such as Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport located across the street from the airport, ibis budget Sydney Airport about a 6-minute walk away, and Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel, which offers a free airport shuttle for its patrons.
Parents travelling with children on flights arriving at or leaving from Sydney Airport should know there are several children’s play areas in the T1 International terminal, including locations at gate 32, gate 50 and gate 59. There is also a parent's room and nursing facilities located near the baggage reclaim areas of the airport.
Sydney Airport is only about 8 kilometres from Sydney Cricket Ground and you have a few options to get you there if you’re going to watch a match. There are several bus/train combination options if you wish to take the scenic route. Otherwise, Jayride Shuttle, Uber, taxi and rental car can all complete the journey in about 15 minutes, traffic permitting.
The best means of public transport from Sydney Airport to the city centre is the Airport Link, which stops at both the domestic and international terminals. Taxi is the next best choice for the 8-kilometre trip, which would cost about AUD45.00. There are also private shuttles and rental cars available if you prefer other options.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "The food service was not great. They should increase the frequency of meals. Got the worst seats both time. The seats are old and recliner doesn’t come forward as it should"
Pros: "Everything was fine, a bit late taking off but the time was made up"
Pros: "I liked that nothing was a hassle to get to, the staff were amazing and the pilot was well-skilled."
Cons: "My only con was the fact that there were many people around me coughing. That's not your fault though, I understand. But still, it was nasty."
Cons: "The plane's interior needed a makeover, as is old"
Cons: "Qantas need to improve thier overall customer service"
Pros: "fast trip from japan all ontime quick boarding and unloading"
Cons: "the food main meal on an australian airline consisted of meal a) sushi etc b)Japanese style chicken and boiled rice (chicken thigh full of fat and sauce was greasy) could not eat c)pasta twists with dried up sauce (could not eat) very poor quality food will bring my own next time no plain option"
Cons: "More leg room and softer seats would be nice."
Cons: "Flight from Bangkok was delay and miss the connection flight."
Pros: "Lovely crew especially Heidi"
Cons: "Nothing, all was well"
Cons: "Plane was old seats are not what you expect for the cost and being supposedly business class"
Pros: "Snacks and the drinks are good. Boarding are pretty smooth."
Cons: "Dinner and breakfast are not too good. We waited for long period of time for the luggages."
Pros: "Everything was barely adequate. All the flights on this trip was substandard. Planes seemed old and dirty. Really disappointed."
Cons: "Barely made the connection."
Cons: "The flight was held up in Sydney airspace by traffic control causing a short but significant delay which was not recognised by Qantas even though they knew we were connecting to International."
Cons: "The airport closure wasn't PALs fault but the absolute lack of organisation and an attitude "act of God so look after yourself" is disgusting. Flying business expected some service but had nothing and they smiled and said they rebooked me 16 days later. Other airlines would book you on different carriers but not PAL. Last time no matter what special deal they offer."
Pros: "WiFi on board"
Cons: "Still don't like greasy toasties for breakfast but better than butcher muesli"
Pros: "Personable staff"
Cons: "Delayed 2 hours with little info."
Pros: "Flight was late 30 mins"
Pros: "in flight service"
Cons: "website down and couldn’t even checkin online"
Pros: "Pleasant, clean & comfortable"
Pros: "All round great experience. All went to plan. A330-200 business class was just right for this short trip."
Pros: "Staff polite and friendly. Entertainment on my ipad with wants content great."
Pros: "New business layout is more comfortable comfortable and private."
Pros: "Seats were fine, crew was cherry nice and professional. Enough toilets for the size of the plane."
Cons: "Airplane food is always what it is."
Cons: "Dash 8 looked tried. Seats need an update"
Pros: "Really nice hostesses. Professional, friendly, interested in travellers. Very welcome when you're travelling home after a long day."
Cons: "Planes are looking a bit tired."
Pros: "Variety and regular serving of food. Great entertainment. Very friendly staff."
Cons: "Everything was great - a bit cramped in the seats when people recline, but as expected on all airlines."
Pros: "All great!"
Pros: "Flight was straight forward, left and landed on time"
Cons: "QANTAS cancelled my original 10am flight with a text at 5.20am that morning, this stressed me quite a bit as we were flying to Sydney for a wedding that afternoon"
Pros: "Typical great Qantas customer service and safety"
Cons: "I don't understand why the fourth busiest route internationally is still so expensive.."
Pros: "Individual usb charge port and meal"
Pros: "even though i am Qantas life time gold, my silver emirates membership would not get me itto Qantas line in Melbourne. i had to change the flight attribution to Qantas"
Cons: "went i couldn't use my Qantas membership to access Melbourne lounge"
Pros: "Looking out the window."
Cons: "Flight changed from an A330 to a B737 perhaps as Resukt if the public holiday"
Pros: "Food was good and service was excellent."
Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "Food was mushy Boarding notice was short The price of the flight"
Cons: "- delayed flight because of delayed crew - They've had many crew injuries helping customers moving overhead luggage, so they asked customers to sort their own luggage out. Hey, how about teaching OH&S to staff and employing staff that can perform their duties?"
Pros: "Case was off quickly"
Cons: "No choice in seating"
Pros: "Qantas has really upped it's service in the last couple of years, their crew on this flight were very professional."
Pros: "Dinner on a 1 hr flight! Unheard of in US in coach."
Cons: "Small seats (but same as our 13hr United flight from SYdney to Sam Francisco). Tolerable on 1hr flight."
Pros: "The crew was very friendly and accommodating. It's a lot big flight from DFW to Sydney and they do everything they can to make you comfortable. Plenty of movies to watch. Seats are comfortable. The food is pretty good. Plus you get a menu so you know exactly what meal choices are. They go above and beyond to ensure a great flight."
Cons: "The headphone jacks are on the side of the armrest. It's is a very inconvenient location especially for people who are slightly wider than the average jo. It shout be on top the arm rest or in a much more comfortable location"
Pros: "We didn't experience any problems, all went well."
Cons: "I can't think of anything I didn't like,"
Pros: "Always organised"
Pros: "The service on flight was excellent. Attendants were very helpful and professional. I was pleasantly surprised with the food, especially for an international flight. They were also very helpful with seating when it came to putting me and my partner next to each other and in seats with extra legroom (we did pay for it so I guess it was expected)"
Cons: "Customer service over the phone was HORRIBLE! I waited almost 2 hours on the phone and got NOTHING accomplished! Purchased my seats online, then got a notification saying it didn't go through. Called to fix the issue, but the man on the phone put me on hold for almost an hour! Only to accidentally put my partner and I in different rows. When I complained at the lack of professionalism from him over the phone, he offered some sort of compensation. When I agreed, he transferred me to his supervisor who said they do not compensate in any form! So why offer it then?! I then called the reservation department like I was told to, and they said they would look into the issue and call me back. This was about a month or two before my flight, and even though it's been a week after my flight, I have yet to get that call I was promised (nor the compensation). WORST PHONE CUSTOMER SERVICE I HAVE EVER RECEIVED! As for the flight, my only complaints are the messy boarding process and the uncomfortable seats in economy. Although you can't really expect more from old planes such as these."
Cons: "All round excellent"
Pros: "On time , efficient service"
Pros: "offer every passenger a iPad mini"
Cons: "Poor landing, not confortable from decending to touch down"
Cons: "Bag drop was a mess in flight was great"
Pros: "Crew was amazing"
Cons: "Nothing, great flight"
Cons: "Flight was delayed an hour and boarding was slow due to only using one aircraft door."
Cons: "Lounge is disorganised with bad coffee"
Pros: "Virgin lounge staff were super friendly and helpful - getting me on an earlier flight and giving me a spare seat next to me!"
Cons: "nothing negative to say"
Cons: "I really appreciate very comfort seat more legs room than other aircraft and crew member very helpful And regarding food it’s just ok, rest is find"
Pros: "Being given the exit row seat"
Cons: "Zero gluten free provided snacks One of the cabin crew were particularly condescending"
Pros: "Yes excellent!"
Cons: "Everything was great"
Pros: "Free wifi"
Cons: "Not much"
Cons: "Présence of entertainment"
Cons: "flight cancelled"
Pros: "Lovely friendly staff"
Cons: "Flight delayed"
Pros: "Melbourne has got self check in and bag drop working well....Sydney, take note and passengers be ready for it. That said the ground crew are there to help, but read the signs and don't get cranky if you hey sent back to do what you're meant to. On board, the cheese and cracker snack pack I got was great, nice to see complimentary snacks and drinks being maintained. Onboatd wifi via the app worked well and was actually able to use inflight entertainment on hand held device online the Sydney to Melbourne leg"
Cons: "It was a full flight but there was too much cabin luggage. Ppl had oversized bags and too much of it. Get stricter with the measurements would be my suggestion."
Cons: "Row 10 seats were extremely cramped. Seemed worse than usual. Was placed in middle seat and was unable to even read a magazine. Hostess saw how cramped I was and commented that I should purchase a x class fare, Perhaps virgin should ensure they supply adequate basic seating"
Cons: "In flight entertainment screens would not work properly"
Pros: "I did not like anything at all"
Cons: "They have problem finding my ticket because they say delta rebooked my ticket and they don’t have the information. I almost missed my flight for that reason. I don’t think I will ever book with Virgin Australia again"
Pros: "6 years. I am old and have been cared for very well."
Pros: "Quick and efficient loading process"
Pros: "Great flight, easy-no delays."
Pros: "Cleanliness, friendliness of stewards, seats."
Cons: "a more substantial breakfast snack would have been nice and then the option to select meal type. I left the supplied cookie as I am vegan."
Pros: "Wonderful experience from check in, to inflight crew and quickness of receiving bags. Would fly with Virgin Australia anytime."
Pros: "Friendly crew, landed on time"
Cons: "Atrocious food"
Pros: "The staff was extremely friendly!"
Cons: "I wish there was entertainment, but it's understandable that it does not exist on domestic flights."
Pros: "A cold drink just when I needed it. Thank you"
Pros: "Departure lounge isn’t a 5 km hike from the street! Plane seems to have more leg room, onboard snack. Generally an easier package"
Cons: "Can’t think of a single thing!"
Pros: "We know you want to make money. Have a heart and give us some more legroom. It’s cruel how you pack people in. It’s ridiculous. Luckily it’s a short flight, but, man, your greed is causing people pain."
Cons: "See above."
Cons: "I didn't like seeing the build up of food and small rubbish in the seat tracks in front of me on both trips, there and back. It was revolting. Clearly the company vacuuming the carpet doesn't bother doing the job properly and doesn't take the time to look from the window seat position. Shocking indeed."
Pros: "Speed of service and willingness to help"
Pros: "Every thing was smooth from check in to boarding. Flight on time. Crew were attentive."
Pros: "Economy X is fantastic, and really enjoy the boarding experience and the crew. left on time and arrived early. Excellent trip in that regard."
Cons: "Almost every time I travel on virgin, which is a lot. They serve a minim muesli bar. Come on Virgin what about changing that a bit. Qantas offer some really good options for not much more of a ticket price. This part of the Virgin Experience needs to change."
Pros: "friendly staff"
Cons: "way too noisy from the engines--was very draining horrible space in economy--jammed packed like cattle-this alone may cause me not to fly you again"
Cons: "Boarding was delayed without any explanation, and the staff member at the boarding desk was extremely rude when anyone dared approach her to ask what the hold-up was"
Cons: "Delayed flight Inaccurate baggage carousel information Lack of communication from Virgin"
Cons: "my seat got changed"
Cons: "Plane interior was nauseatingly hot"
Pros: "Every employee I've met has made my trip seamless and delightful. Your employees are very professional. Wish you were in the US!!"
Cons: "my flight got cancelled, and was not notified. got put on the next flight which was 6 hours later, So had to wait 6 hours to fly to melbourne."
Pros: "Virgin Australia is fine, it's eDreams travel agency who is shoddy"
Cons: "eDreams are incompetent and unethical. In my opinion they are scammers And operate an entrapment operation. Do not book through them and kayak should reconsider their association with third party booking group"
Pros: "Friendly service and they gave me an exit row seat!"
Pros: "flight attendants have great attitude"
Cons: "1 hour delayed , not hot drinks nor entertainment"
Pros: "everything was great, more movie options would be better"
Cons: "Nothing really"
Pros: "Everything was carried out efficiently with a smile."
Cons: "Our 2 previous flights were carried out by New Zealand Airlines, even though we booked Virgin Australua. They have no service at all. They do not understand what it means. Especially from Christchurch to Melbourne with chief stewardess Catherine. She was rude and arrogant. The Staff did nothing for the travelers. They laughed loudly in their cabin and disturbed."
Pros: "Staff were good. Comfortable."
Cons: "Ridiculous boarding."
Pros: "Chair was comfy"
Cons: "crew were unorganized & rude Videos were very old & not updated for long time at least 3 yrs old"
Cons: "Waiting time on transfer Staff attitude"
Cons: "My flight was cancelled and changed to two hours later with only 5 hours notice."
Pros: "No super comfortable seat but yes great crew."
Pros: "Easy check in"
Cons: "The seats kinda hard to set on"
Pros: "No intermediate stop"
Cons: "Economy seats very uncomfortable, very noisy toilette"
Cons: "Predatory baggage fees at the gate, not a good option for travelers."
Pros: "Thank you so much for returning my laptop to me. I left it on board seat 4c. Made my day , comfy fast flight"
Pros: "The crew in the Melbourne airport were amazing! There was confusion with my bags and they sorted it out without any stress!"
Cons: "The seats weren’t very comfortable but it was a very clean plane!"
Pros: "Crew were pleasant"
Cons: "Jetstar terminal has a lack of seating"
Pros: "Cheaper flight option"
Cons: "Multiple delays; I moved to a new seat to accommodate an exit row request with with no benefit; no snacks or entertainment"
Pros: "We enjoyed our low cost flight with Jetstar. Check in was quick and easy. Boarding was also. We didn't purchase any food or entertainment which is why I gave each of those categories 1 star (there's no N/A or doesn't apply-type option)."
Cons: "Seats on Jetstar are a bit uncomfortable but for a short flight, it doesn't matter as much. Also, the luggage went to the wrong carousel for many folks on our flight."
Pros: "quick flight, polite staff"
Pros: "Everything went well and was as advertised. This is a low cost carrier so their business model relies on extra charges for everything. Prepaid my luggage for $19 each way and decided not to order any food (much cheaper at the airport anyway). People just have to be aware that low cost carriers like Jetstar can offer such affordable fares by excluding many things. Qantas would have been approximately 2x as expensive per flight and would have included more things, but the appeal of low cost is to be able to choose what you need."
Cons: "We had a tight connection and the flight crew could care less about if we made it off the flight in a quick and efficient manner."
Pros: "Flight was good."
Cons: "Check is cthe confusing. First you cannot check in online. It was a domestic flight but check in was in international terminal. The lines were confusing and we had to change lines because of the confusion. There was no one to answer your querstions. I had to interrupt an check in person who was helping someone else so not to be late for flight."
Pros: "Ease of checkin and baggage drop"
Cons: "Lack of clarity in Cost of ticket, which assessed baggage charge after ticket purchase"
Pros: "Boarding was pretty easy and the crew was fine. Overhead compartment was easy to use and spacious. Enough space under the seat in front of me for my laptop."
Cons: "Seats remarkably uncomfortable and the entertainment was non existent. No free beverages or snacks."
Pros: "Charges for more than 7kg for carryon (all combined carryon)! Geez, the bag weighs 3-4 kg empty and the charge is exorbitant! Where’s the focus on customers first? Prefer Qantas and will stick with them in the future. My first and only Jetstar experience was a 2"
Cons: "See above"
Pros: "Friendliness of the staff."
Cons: "Lateness of flight"
Pros: "Great staff"
Cons: "Delayed departure"
Cons: "Flight got delayed and charged luggage by weight"
Cons: "Too much headache for buying kg for lugguage, snack and food online ahead"
Pros: "I did not use the footer entertainment"
Pros: "because I fly a lot in the US, I actually thought there was more space on the planes than we usually have here. I also don't mind not having food for free since we don't usually either. beverages would be nice, but since we were able to bring our own through security in Australia, it didn't bother me. Compared to most airlines in the US, it was great. Much more efficient as well. Even though we had to pay extra for luggage, there was tiered pricing by weight and it was still cheaper than most carriers in the US."
Pros: "Flight is cheaper than other airlines"
Cons: "Never be on time"
Pros: "Smooth flight, easy interstate flight with no hassle."
Cons: "Jetstar boarding pass system is very silly. You can't use the email ones on your phone and have to actually print it out. As a suggestion.. maybe have a unified option instead? Charging sms service is ridiculous.. it is 2017!"
Cons: "Check in and payment for baggage was confusing and not well organized."
Cons: "They choose to weigh bags just as we were boarding and as I was 1kg , I had to check in my bag , but apparently it has to go on the next flight. So now I have to wait for 2.5 hers in Sydney for my bag and had to pay $50 for the inconvenience. I would expect this from Tiger not Jetstar"
Pros: "Speed of flight time and being advised of our delay"
Cons: "Cramped boarding gate and slow boarding via Tarmac. Food and inflight drinks too expensive."
Cons: "Legroom was really tight"
Pros: "quick boarding"
Cons: "there was an hour delay and we were not really told the reason."
Cons: "Boarding on tarmac in the rain, no cover over walkway. Smallest and tightest seating in the airline business."
Pros: "Normally I like you..."
Cons: "However, I was unable to check-in multiple times on my phone and online for unknown reasons. Upon checking in person, they said I was at the wrong gate terminal and in fact I was 4km away from the international terminal where your flight was located (fascinating, why use the INTERNATIONAL terminal?) I was therefore unable to make my flight, according to the assistant, and had to book a new flight. Disappointing."
Pros: "Due to storms a 1 1/2 hour delay which is understandable until I found a friend on Qantas left on time. Delay on all Jetstar to Sydney and that afternoon but unaccountably Qantas mostly in time."
Pros: "This flight was a breeze. Check-in was simple and the crew was helpful and friendly."
Pros: "The smooth takeoff and landing, the staff cortesies"
Cons: "The 5min wait but perfect otherwise"
Cons: "App didn't ask for baggage and then got charged 170 dollars to check bags. Worst airline that I have flown."
Pros: "Flight was very easy, on time, no thrills just get on the plane and go. Easier and cheaper than US domestic flights."
Cons: "not even offer water for customers"
Pros: "Inexpensive flight with many departure times"
Cons: "The flight was just under an hour and a half. It felt like the intercom was running constantly. They were selling raffle tickets for a car, they were selling snacks, they were asking for donations to a charity. The constant intercom communications were very frustrating. There is also a hidden $50 fee per checked bag with a limit of 15Kg. After that there is a charge for every kilogram over 15. We ended up paying $220 in baggage fees. It would have been cheaper to buy two more seats and buckle our luggage in."
Pros: "cancelled our flight"
Cons: "plane was half hour late leaving because JetStar does not allow enough time for turn arounds from plane arriving from elsewhere. That said, the pilot did do his best to catch up for lost time once in the air."
Pros: "Customer service for the return flight"
Cons: "Flight delayed due to mechanical problems. Headrests aren't comfortable No food or entertainment Surprise fees for baggage with ridiculous carryon allowance (7kg)"
Pros: "the seats, even in economy plus, do not go back!"
Pros: "Crew were friendly and cheerful."
Cons: "Crew were not aware I had a starter plus package which included a food voucher. This often happens with Jetstar and is annoying when you have paid for the extras. Also flight was delayed and I had to make a connecting flight. Would have been good if crew ensured people did not straggle when boarding with the appropriate announcements."
Pros: "On time service and friendly flight attendants"
Cons: "No complimentary beverage service"
Pros: "The plane is reasonably comfortable The tickets were cheap"
Cons: "Boarded late and the signs lied to the passengers saying the gate is closing Long walk to the boarding gate and no powerpoints in the gate Food is overpriced and mediocre"
Cons: "flight was canceled"
Pros: "The staff were very good."
Cons: "I booked a seat and did not get the seat l had booked."
Cons: "You wanted to charge me for a bottled water? Seriously, felt that was a bit odd. But overall nice plane, smooth flight! Can't complain!"
Cons: "We were stuck on the tarmac for 3 hours and there was no attempt to make us passengers comfortable during that time. Poor service."
Airlines flying from Melbourne to Sydney have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travellers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Melbourne to Sydney
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from Melbourne to Sydney
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from Melbourne to Sydney
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from Melbourne to Sydney
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights from Melbourne to Sydney