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

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Fly from Gold Coast, ferry  •  6 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Gold Coast (OOL) to Cairns (CNS) OOL - CNS
  2. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$151 - $438

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Train to Brisbane, fly, ferry  •  8 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
  2. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Cairns (CNS) BNE - CNS
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$158 - $315

Bus, train, ferry  •  29 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$222 - $367

Bus Greyhound Australia, ferry  •  33 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane Roma Street 175
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$215 - $337

Bus Premier Motor Service, ferry  •  34 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$272 - $337

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Gold Coast to Great Barrier Reef is to train and fly and ferry which costs $210 - $440 and takes 8 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from Gold Coast to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $200 - $600 and takes 6 h 26 min.

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The distance between Gold Coast and Great Barrier Reef is 1465 km.

The best way to get from Gold Coast to Great Barrier Reef without a car is to bus and train and ferry which takes 29 h 7 min and costs $300 - $500.

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It takes approximately 6 h 26 min to get from Gold Coast 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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Hong Kong, Virgin Australia 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 Gold Coast to Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Distance: 915.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 26 min

What companies run services between Gold Coast, QLD, Australia and Great Barrier Reef?

There is no direct connection from Gold Coast to Great Barrier Reef. However, you can take the tram to Broadbeach South, take the walk to Broadbeach South station, stop B, take the line 777 bus to Gold Coast Airport, take the walk to Gold Coast airport, fly to Cairns, take the taxi to Cairns, take the ferry to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, then take the walk to Great Barrier Reef. Alternatively, you can take the tram to Helensvale, platform 4, take the walk to Helensvale, platform 2, take the train to International Airport, platform 2, take the walk to Brisbane airport, fly to Cairns, take the taxi 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 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
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 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 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 Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $800
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Hong Kong
Website
hongkongairlines.com
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $800
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
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
TRANSLink QLD
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$15 - $19
Standard
$17 - $22
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
5 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $280
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$270
B-Quick
$149
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$190 - $250
Schedules at
premierms.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 Surfers Paradise to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $19
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$6 - $10
Flexifare
$13 - $19
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $250
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$150 - $220
Flexifare
$180 - $250
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
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
$68
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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