There are 5 ways to get from Byron Bay to Great Barrier Reef by bus, plane, ferry or train

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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Bus to Gold Coast, fly, ferry  •  7 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Byron Bay Visitor Centre to Gold Coast Airport
  2. Fly from Gold Coast (OOL) to Cairns (CNS) OOL - CNS
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$166 - $453

Cheapest option

Bus to Brisbane, fly, ferry  •  9 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Byron Bay Visitor Centre to Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop
  2. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Cairns (CNS) BNE - CNS
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$161 - $341

3 alternative options

Bus, train, ferry  •  30 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from Byron Bay Visitor Centre to Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop 175
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$223 - $382

Bus Greyhound Australia, ferry  •  34 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Byron Bay Visitor Centre to Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop 175
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$220 - $358

Bus Premier Motor Service, ferry  •  35 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Byron Bay Visitor Centre to Gold Coast Airport
  2. Take the bus from Gold Coast Airport to Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
  4. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$299 - $384

Questions & Answers

The distance between Byron Bay and Great Barrier Reef is 1536 km.

The best way to get from Byron Bay to Great Barrier Reef without a car is to bus and train and ferry which takes 30 h 3 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 59 min to get from Byron Bay to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Gold Coast Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 25 min.

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Qantas and Jetstar offer flights from Gold Coast Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are two+ hotels available in Great Barrier Reef. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Byron Bay to Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Distance: 960 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 59 min

What companies run services between Byron Bay, NSW, Australia and Great Barrier Reef?

There is no direct connection from Byron Bay to Great Barrier Reef. However, you can take the bus to Gold Coast Airport, take the walk to Gold Coast airport, fly to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns Airport, take the shuttle to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns, take the ferry to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, then take the walk to Great Barrier Reef. Alternatively, you can take the bus to Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop, take the walk to Roma Street, platform 6, take the train to International Airport, platform 2, take the walk to Brisbane airport, fly to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns Airport, take the shuttle to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns, take the ferry to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, then take the walk to Great Barrier Reef.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns via Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $340
Cathay Pacific
Website
cathaypacific.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
24 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
Book at
Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$264
B-Quick
$145
Bus operators
Byron Easybus
Website
byronbayshuttle.com.au
Bus from Byron Bay Visitor Centre to Gold Coast Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Schedules at
byronbayshuttle.com.au
Bus from Byron Bay Visitor Centre to Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
byronbayshuttle.com.au
Bus from Gold Coast Airport to Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $35
Schedules at
byronbayshuttle.com.au
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 Byron Bay Coach Stop, Jonson St to Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $30
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$13 - $20
Flexifare
$21 - $30
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $250
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$150 - $210
Flexifare
$170 - $250
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Byron Bay Coach Stop, Jonson St to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$180 - $250
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Ferry operators
Green Island Adventures
Website
green-island.com.au
Ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$67
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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