There are 4 ways to get from Gold Coast to Great Barrier Reef by plane, ferry, train or bus

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 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

$153 - $440

3 alternative options

Train to Brisbane, fly, ferry  •  8 h 3 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

$160 - $318

Bus, train, ferry  •  28 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane 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

$230 - $370

Bus, ferry  •  33 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane 175
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$227 - $345

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Gold Coast to Great Barrier Reef is to train and fly and ferry which costs $210 - $430 and takes 8 h 3 min.

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

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

It takes approximately 6 h 26 min to get from Gold Coast to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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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 - $440
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns via Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $480
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 Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
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 Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
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
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 - $23
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$15 - $19
Standard
$17 - $23
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
$150 - $280
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$275
B-Quick
$152
Bus operators
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
Premier Motor Service
Website
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
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $260
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$150 - $220
Flexifare
$180 - $260
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
$70
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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