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There are 7 ways to get from Sydney to Airlie Beach by plane, bus and ferry, ferry, bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to Hamilton Island  •  5h 52m

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Hamilton Island (HTI) SYD - HTI

$162 - $532

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Fly to Proserpine, bus and ferry, ferry  •  7h 52m

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Proserpine (PPP) SYD - PPP
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Proserpine Airport to Hamilton Island Marina
  3. Take the ferry from Hamilton Island Marina to Port of Airlie

$190 - $465

Fly to Mackay, bus  •  8h 35m

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Mackay (MKY) SYD - MKY
  2. Take the bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach

$168 - $387

Train  •  31h 1m

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Proserpine Spirit of Queensland

$202 - $343

Bus Greyhound Australia  •  36h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street Gx243 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach Gx443 / ...

$165 - $293

Bus Premier Motor Service  •  40h 27m

  1. Take the bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Airlie Beach

$189 - $310

Drive  •  23h 28m

  1. Drive from Sydney to Airlie Beach 1227.2 miles

$170 - $260

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The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Airlie Beach is to fly and bus which costs $230 - $550 and takes 8h 35m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Airlie Beach is to fly which costs $220 - $750 and takes 5h 52m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sydney to Airlie Beach. However, there are services departing from Sydney and arriving at Airlie Beach via Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 36h 30m.

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The distance between Sydney and Airlie Beach is 1532 km. The road distance is 1963.5 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Airlie Beach without a car is to train which takes 31h 1m and costs $280 - $490.

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It takes approximately 5h 52m to get from Sydney to Airlie Beach, including transfers.

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Sydney to Airlie Beach bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Sydney station.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Airlie Beach is to fly which takes 5h 52m and costs $220 - $750. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $280 - $490 and takes 31h 1m, you could also bus, which costs $230 - $420 and takes 36h 30m.

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Hamilton Island Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 25m.

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Sydney to Airlie Beach bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Airlie Beach station.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Airlie Beach.
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  • Distance: 957.2 miles
  • Duration: 5h 52m

What companies run services between Sydney, NSW, Australia and Airlie Beach, QLD, Australia?

Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia fly from Sydney to Airlie Beach every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Sydney to Airlie Beach via Brisbane, Brisbane Roma Street, Proserpine, and Mill St at Proserpine in around 31h 1m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 21m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Brisbane, Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $800
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $600
Train operators
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
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Transport NSW
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
14h 7m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $210
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$201
B-Quick
$111
Bus operators
Cruise Whitsundays
Phone
+61 07 4846 7000
Email
reservations@cruisewhitsundays.com
Website
cruisewhitsundays.com
Bus and ferry from Proserpine Airport to Hamilton Island Marina
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$59
Schedules at
cruisewhitsundays.com
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$12 - $18
Flexifare
$20 - $28
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
16h 45m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$80 - $120
Flexifare
$95 - $140
Bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
18h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$95 - $160
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$95 - $140
Flexifare
$110 - $160
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $23
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
19h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
19h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $170
Website
Premier Motor Service
Ferry operators

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Airlie Beach is 1h behind Sydney. It is currently 6:06 AM in Sydney and 5:06 AM in Airlie Beach.

Yes, the driving distance between Sydney to Airlie Beach is 1964 km. It takes approximately 23h 28m to drive from Sydney to Airlie Beach.

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Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia offer flights from Sydney Airport to Hamilton Island Airport.

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There are 204+ hotels available in Airlie Beach. Prices start at $81 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Sydney Airport is to train which takes 22m and costs $17.

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