Getting to Snowy Mountains

Highlights

  • Driving: 2WD vehicles must carry snow chains from June to October   
  • Bus services: All year and frequency increases in the snow season
  • Airports: Snowy Mountains in Cooma, Wagga Wagga and Canberra
  • Train and coach: Services to Tumut, Tumbarumba, Cooma and JIndabyne 
  • Guthega Ski Village - Snowy Mountains
  • Lake Jindabyne, Snowy Mountains

Getting to the Snowy Mountains

Getting to the spectacular Snowy Mountains in southwest NSW is easy. You’ll find a range of options, including driving, bus services, train and coach services, plane and airport car rentals, or plane and airport transfers. Transport services increase in the snow season, from June to October.

Kosciuszko National Park is home to Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, and snow resorts at Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte Pass and Mount Selwyn. Surrounding the park are charming towns, with Tumbarumba in the west, Tumut in the north, and Jindabyne and Cooma in the east.

Driving: All 2WD vehicles must carry snow chains between the June and October long weekends, and some roads are closed in winter. Please read these alpine-driving safety tips before your journey. Charlotte Pass is snowbound in winter, with access by the over-snow transport from Perisher.

Bus services: Buses operate all year from Sydney and Canberra. Services increase in the ski season. A shuttle connects Snowy Mountains Airport in Cooma to Jindabyne, the Skitube train and Thredbo. A return shuttle also operates from Jindabyne and surrounds to Thredbo, the Skitube and Perisher.

Airports: Snowy Mountains Airport in Cooma is about 75 minutes’ drive from Thredbo, Perisher and Mount Selwyn. Wagga Wagga Airport in Wagga Wagga is 90 minutes from Tumut and Tumbarumba. Canberra Airport in Canberra is two hours from Jindabyne and 2.5 hours from Thredbo and Perisher.

Train and coach: NSW TrainLink rail and coach services between Sydney and Cooma, Jindabyne and Bombala, via Canberra. There are services between Sydney and Tumut and Tumbarumba too, via Cootamundra. From Melbourne, take a train to Bairnsdale for a coach to Bombala and Cooma.