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Distance between Perth and Sydney

Driving non-stop from Perth to Sydney

How far is Sydney from Perth? Here's the quick answer if you have friends taking shifts as driver so that you can make the entire trip by car without stopping.

Nonstop drive: 2,510 miles or 4039 km

Driving time: 38 hours, 49 minutes

This is a really long drive, so it's not very realistic to drive nonstop. To get a better idea of how long this road trip would actually take, scroll down to calculate how many hours it would be if you drive with stops.

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Flying non-stop from Perth to Sydney

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Perth, Australia and Sydney, Australia. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.

Flight distance: 2,051 miles or 3301 km

Flight time: 4 hours, 36 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 459 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.2x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/8th of the time it would take to drive.

This is a fairly long flight, so unless you have a Gulfstream G650 or your own Boeing or Airbus, you might be booking a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. Scroll down to see a more realistic calculation that takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.

Perth to Sydney road trip

Realistically, you're not going to want to drive without stopping all the way from Perth to Sydney, especially if you're the main driver. So let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Sydney, and you need to stop along the way to rest. Plus if it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting stops along the way, eat at great restaurants, and find a hotel to stay overnight. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Based on the length of this trip, we think you could spread out this fun road trip over a number of days.

Road trip: 5 days of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 44 hours on the road with 4 overnights


Start in Perth.

Drive for about 8.5 hours, then stop in Norseman and stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 13.5 hours, then stop in Ceduna and stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 4.5 hours, then stop in Port Augusta and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 3 hours then stop at Barossa Valley Wine Region. Stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 3.5 hours, then stop in Mildura and stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 7.5 hours, then stop in Yass and stay for about 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 3 hours and arrive in Sydney.

To see all the details on this itinerary, including recommended restaurants, hotels, and things to do along the way, check out the full road trip planner:

Perth to Sydney airports and flights

In the quick calculation above, we assumed you had a private plane and just wanted to know the time in the air from city to city. But for most of us, we're going to be flying on a commercial airline (whether it's first class or coach). So that means we really need to account for all the extra travel time getting to the airport, waiting for our flight, and making it to the destination.

To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.

Departure airport: Perth Airport (PER)

Arrival airport: Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD)

With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.

Getting to the airport: 25 minutes

Getting to your destination: 15 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from PER to SYD on Jetstar Airways and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

Commercial flight time: 4 hours, 36 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Perth to Sydney including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 7 hours

To see the details on this flight plan, including recommended airports, airline, and route, check out the flight planner:

Plan a trip to Sydney

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Sydney, Australia. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Sydney. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Park Hyatt Sydney. A great place to eat might be Cafe Sydney. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Sydney like Sydney Opera House. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Sydney like Should I rent a car in Sydney or is the transit good enough to get around?. Click the button below to explore Sydney in detail.

How far is it the other way?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line (or driving the same roads back and forth). But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse directions to get the distance from Sydney to Perth, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

If you happen to know Perth, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Perth!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 2,510 miles
driving time of 38 hours, 49 minutes
flight distance is 2,051 miles
flight time of 4 hours, 36 minutes
Sydney is 2 hours ahead of Perth
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151 Sydney travel answers

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