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There are 6 ways to get from Brisbane to Mackay by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Mackay  •  4h 2m

  1. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Mackay (MKY) BNE - MKY

$63 - $248

5 alternative options

Fly to Proserpine, train  •  5h 44m

  1. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Proserpine (PPP) BNE - PPP
  2. Take the train from Proserpine to Mackay

$112 - $266

Train  •  12h 19m

  1. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Mackay Spirit of Queensland

$110 - $160

Bus Greyhound Australia  •  15h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Brisbane to Mackay Gx443 / ...

$85 - $150

Bus Premier Motor Service  •  18h 36m

  1. Take the bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Mackay

$114 - $155

Drive  •  12h 59m

  1. Drive from Brisbane to Mackay 593.2 miles

$80 - $130

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The cheapest way to get from Brisbane to Mackay is to fly which costs $85 - $350 and takes 4h 2m.

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The quickest way to get from Brisbane to Mackay is to fly which costs $85 - $350 and takes 4h 2m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Brisbane and arriving at Mackay. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 15h 55m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Brisbane Roma Street and arriving at Mackay. Services depart once daily, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 12h 19m.

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The distance between Brisbane and Mackay is 804 km. The road distance is 949.1 km.

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The best way to get from Brisbane to Mackay without a car is to train which takes 12h 19m and costs $150 - $220.

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It takes approximately 4h 2m to get from Brisbane to Mackay, including transfers.

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Brisbane to Mackay bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Brisbane station.

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Brisbane to Mackay train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, depart from Brisbane Roma Street station.

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The best way to get from Brisbane to Mackay is to fly which takes 4h 2m and costs $85 - $350. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $150 - $220 and takes 12h 19m, you could also bus, which costs $120 - $200 and takes 15h 55m.

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Map of how to get from Brisbane to Mackay.
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  • Distance: 502.3 miles
  • Duration: 4h 2m

What companies run services between Brisbane, QLD, Australia and Mackay, QLD, Australia?

Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar fly from Brisbane to Mackay every 2 hours. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Brisbane to Mackay once daily. Tickets cost $110 - $160 and the journey takes 12h 19m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $450
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay via Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$90 - $460
Flights from Brisbane to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $420
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $370
Flights from Brisbane to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $330
Flights from Brisbane to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $420
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Proserpine to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $27
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Queensland Rail Travel
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Mackay
Ave. Duration
12h 19m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $160
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Queensland Rail Travel
Bus operators
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 Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
15h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$85 - $150
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$85 - $120
Flexifare
$100 - $150
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
17h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Mackay
Ave. Duration
17h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $150
Website
Premier Motor Service

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The quickest flight from Brisbane Airport to Mackay Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 30m.

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Brisbane to Mackay bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Mackay station.

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Brisbane to Mackay train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Mackay station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Brisbane to Mackay is 949 km. It takes approximately 12h 59m to drive from Brisbane to Mackay.

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Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Brisbane Airport to Mackay Airport.

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There are 75+ hotels available in Mackay. Prices start at $62 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Brisbane to Brisbane Airport is to train which takes 20m and costs $14 - $20.

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