Travelling to Armidale

Armidale is located half-way between Sydney and Brisbane. With an easy-going and unpolluted lifestyle, it is also the ideal place to live while you study or work.

Distance by road

  • 535km north of Sydney on the New England Highway
  • 466km south of Brisbane on the New England Highway
  • 191km west of Coffs Harbour on the Waterfall Way
  • 256km North West of Port Macquarie via the Oxley Highway.

There are lots of ways to get here, including:


Armidale is on the New England Highway, which is the excellent inland route between Sydney and Brisbane. Driving time from Sydney or Brisbane is around 5.5 to 6.5 hours (depending on your route) and less than 3 hours from the coast. If you're coming from the coast, enjoy one of Australia's best drives across the Waterfall Way. Plan your trip at

You can also hire a car once you're in Armidale:

  • Hertz - Armidale Airport 02 6772 0620
  • Avis - Armidale Airport 02 6772 6216
  • Budget - Precision Motors 101-107 Barney St 02 6772 5866
  • Thrifty - Cnr Barney & Ohio St, Armidale 02 6772 4551
  • Realistic Car Rentals - 147 Rusden St, Armidale 02 6772 8078

QANTAS has several flights to and from Armidale each day. Budget for between $450 and $750 return from Sydney depending on availability and how early you book. 

Regional Express provides three services a day from Sydney to Armidale, from as little as $104 one way.

Fly Corporate now flys 12 times per week between Brisbane and Armidale, from $149 one way.


Countrylink provides discounts on rail travel to Armidale. You can expect pay around $100 return from Sydney with your discount. The Countrylink service includes the Central Coast, Newcastle, Muswellbrook, Singleton and Tamworth.

You'll be required to show your student card. You can arrange one through Safety and Security.


Coach fares are available with Greyhound Pioneer for travel between Sydney and Brisbane (via Toowoomba).   

New England Coaches also operate services to Brisbane and the North Coast including Coffs Harbour, Kempsey and Port Macquarie.

For travel within Armidale, Edwards Coaches operate extensive services in the Armidale and Uralla areas.

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