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Compare One Way Car Hire Options From Melbourne to Sydney

Two of Australia's most iconic cities are Melbourne and Sydney. For many travellers, it is difficult for them to make the time to hire a car and do the round-trip from Melbourne to Sydney and then back again. However, there are a few car hire companies that have depots in both cities and will offer travellers one way car hire deals. So if this sounds like the perfect option for you, then start comparing options with Car Rental Buddy.

How Far is it From Melbourne to Sydney?

The quickest route from Melbourne to Sydney will take you inland via the National Highway M31. The distance is 878km and will require approximately 9h driving time. There are alternative routes that go along the coastline. The first route is 1046km and will take approximately 12h and 44 minutes. Whilst the other coastal route 1128km and will require approximately 13h and 49 mins driving time.

You can use the map below to plan your travel route.

Why Should You Consider a One Way Car Hire From Melbourne to Sydney?

Travelling between Melbourne and Sydney with a rental vehicle will allow you to explore more of the suburban, rural or coastal areas between the two cities. You're guaranteed to have a more scenic experience when travelling with a hire car.

How Does it Compare With Other Forms of Transportation?

We've provided a table below that will help you compare the value between each transportation mode.

Transportation Mode

Time Duration

Estimated Price

Car Hire (3 Days)

9h 1 min



1h 25 mins



11h 31 mins



15h 18 mins


If your are travelling with a few people and you would like to explore more of Australia on your own, it will be more cost effective for you to hire a car one way from Melbourne to Sydney.

What Can I See Along the Route?

There's plenty to see and do along the route from Melbourne to Sydney. We recommend stopping at the following locations along the way.

  • Canberra
  • Blue Mountains
  • Thredbo
  • Gippsland (Lakes Entrance)
  • Grampians
  • Jervis Bay
  • Jindabyne

You can also click here to see tourist drive suggestions between Melbourne and Sydney.

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Which Car Rental Providers Offer One Way Car Hire From Melbourne to Sydney?


Frankston (Outer South Melbourne) (FS3)

51 Davey Street, Frankston, Vic, 3199, Australia

Melbourne (ME1)

Shop 2, 8 Franklin Street, Melbourne, Vic, 3000, Australia

Melbourne Tullarmarine Intl Airport (MEL)

Arrivals Drive, Melbourne, Vic, 3045, Australia

Richmond (ST5)

121 Palmer Street, Richmond, Vic, 3121, Australia

South Melbourne (AX5)

295 City Road, Southbank, Vic, 3006, Australia

Southern Cross Station (X0E)

99 Spencer Street, Unit 27, Melbourne, Vic, 3000, Australia

Sydney Airport (SYD)

Terminal Building, Mascot, NSW, 2020, Australia

Sydney Kings Cross (SY4)

200 William Street, (Corner William & Dowling), Woolloomooloo, NSW, 2011, Australia

The Star Sydney (Darling Harbour) (PY7)

55 Pirrama Road, (Entry via Bus/Light Rail Interchange), Pyrmont, NSW, 2009, Australia

World Square (SY5)

395 Pitt Street, Near Chinatown/Central Sta), Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia


Alexandria (East Sydney) (AX2)

944 Bourke St, Cnr Portman St (Metro), Waterloo NSW, 2017, Australia

Altona North (A9N)

302 Kororoit Creek Rd, (Metro), Altona North Vic, 3016, Australia

Artarmon (North Sydney) (SY7)

23 Carlotta St, (Metro), Artarmon NSW, 2064, Australia

Brighton (Inner Melbourne) (BI7)

199 Nepean Hwy, Brighton Vic, 3185, Australia

Camberwell (East Melbourne) (A15)

487 Burke Rd, (Metro), Camberwell Vic, 3124, Australia

Footscray (North Melbourne) (A37)

Cnr Whitehall St & Hopkins St, (Metro), Footscray Vic, 3011, Australia

Gladesville (North Sydney) (S2A)

31 Higginbotham Rd, (Metro), Gladesville NSW, 2111, Australia

Manly (North Sydney) (A31)

368-370 Pittwater Rd, (Metro), Manly NSW, 2096, Australia

Melbourne (ME1)

Shop 2/8 Franklin St, (Metro), Melbourne Vic, 3000, Australia

Melbourne Southbank (ME2)

295 City Rd, (Metro), Melbourne Vic, 3006, Australia

Melbourne Southern Cross (X0E)

99 Spencer St, Unit 28, (Metro), Melbourne Vic, 3000, Australia

Preston (North Melbourne) (A20)

342 Murray Rd, (Metro), Preston Vic, 3072, Australia

Richmond (Inner Melbourne) (RM8)

119 Palmer St, (Metro), Richmond Vic, 3121, Australia

South Yarra (Metro) (PN2)

650 Chapel Street, Ground Floor, South Yarra Vic, 3141, Australia

Sydney Airport (SYD)

Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot Airport (Metro), Sydney NSW, 2020, Australia

Sydney Kings Cross (SY1)

93 William St, (Metro), Sydney NSW, 2011, Australia


Albion (Melbourne)

590 Ballarat Road, 3020, Albion, Australia

Alexandria (Sydney)

1053 Bourke Street, 2017, Waterloo, Australia

Atarmon (Sydney)

1c Clarendon street, 2064, Artarmon, Australia

Bayswater (Melbourne)

244 Canterbury Road, 3153, Bayswater, Australia

Blackburn (Melbourne)

110 Whitehorse Road, 3130, Blackburn, Australia

Blacktown (Sydney)

231 Prospect Hwy, 2147, Seven Hills, Australia

Clayton (Melbourne)

2093-2097 Princes Highway, 3168, Clayton, Australia

Dandenong (Melbourne)

28-30 Lonsdale Street, 3175, Dandenong, Australia

Darling Harbour

320 Harris St, Inside secure car park, Entry off Allen St on lower ground level, 2009, Pyrmont, Australia

Epping (Melbourne)

18 Yale Drive, 3076, Epping, Australia


120-124 Dandenong Road, 3199, Frankston, Australia

Kings Way

Tenancy 2 - 151 Kings Way, 3205, South Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Airport

Terminal buildings, Arrivals drive, Melbourne Airport, 3045, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Airport - Tullamarine

70-90 Garden Drive, 3043, Tullamarine, Australia

Melbourne City

89 Franklin Street, 3000, Melbourne, Australia


299-301 Milperra Road, 2214, Milperra, Australia

Moorabbin (Melbourne)

245-247 Wickham Road, 3189, Moorabbin, Australia


78-84 Parramatta Road, 2142, Granville, Australia


6-8 Doonmore Street, 2750, Penrith, Australia


580 High Street, 3072, Preston, Australia

Richmond (Melbourne)

26 Swan Street, 3121, Richmond, Australia

South Melbourne

56-58 Clarendon Street, 3006, Southbank, Australia

Southern Cross Station (Melbourne)

Southern Cross Station - Spencer Street, 3000, Melbourne, Australia

St. Kilda

95 St Kilda Road, 3182, St Kilda, Australia

Sydney Airport

Terminal buildings, Sydney Airport, 2020, Sydney, Australia

Sydney Central

Mercure hotel / 818-820 George St, 2000, Sydney, Australia

Sydney City

Pullman Hotel / 26-36 College St, 2010, Sydney, Australia

Werribee (Melbourne)

317 Princes Highway, 3030, Werribee, Australia


Alexandria Downtown

Unit 6 / 221-223 Oriordan St

Audi Centre Zetland

Level 3, 2A Defries Ave

Essendon Airport

72 Hargraves Avenue

Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport

Arrival Drive

Melbourne Downtown

114 Flinders Street

Melbourne Downtown - Franklin Street

Shop 3 / 8 Franklin Street

Pyrmont Downtown

10/209 Harris St, (access VIA Pyrmont Bridge Rd)

St Kilda Pullman Mercure Hotel

65 Queens Road, Albert Park

Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport

Keith Smith Ave

Sydney Downtown

65 William Street, Darlinghurst

Taren Point Downtown

91-93 Cawarra Road

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