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Distance between Sydney and Adelaide

Driving non-stop from Sydney to Adelaide

How far is Adelaide from Sydney? 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: 852 miles or 1371 km

Driving time: 14 hours, 14 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 Sydney to Adelaide

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Sydney, New South Wales and Adelaide, South 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: 724 miles or 1165 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 57 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 128 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 1/7th of the time it would take to drive.

This is a medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, 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.

Sydney to Adelaide road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Adelaide, and you want to stop along the way to rest. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting stops along the way, eat at great restaurants, and maybe even 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 more than one day.

Road trip: 2 days of driving

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

Travel time: 16 hours on the road with 1 overnight


Start in Sydney.

Drive for about 2 hours, then stop in Kangaroo Valley and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 2 hours then stop in Yass and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 2 hours then stop in Wagga Wagga and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 3 hours then stop in Hay. Stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 2 hours, then stop in Robinvale and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 4.5 hours then stop in Murray Bridge and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 58 minutes and arrive in Adelaide.

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:

Sydney to Adelaide 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: Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD)

Arrival airport: Adelaide Airport (ADL)

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: 15 minutes

Getting to your destination: 12 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from SYD to ADL on Qantas 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: 1 hour, 57 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Sydney to Adelaide 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: 4 hours

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

Plan a trip to Adelaide

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Adelaide, South Australia. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Adelaide. Trippy has an entire Q&A community where you can post questions and get answers from expert travelers or locals who know the area. For instance, you might be interested in the answers to this question: Where to visit on the way. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Adelaide like Adelaide Central Market. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Adelaide like Cheapest place to get fresh produce in town?. Click the button below to explore Adelaide 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 Adelaide to Sydney, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 852 miles
driving time of 14 hours, 14 minutes
flight distance is 724 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 57 minutes
Adelaide is 0:30 hours behind Sydney
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