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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  •  7h 44m

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

$150 - $436

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Train to Brisbane, fly, ferry  •  9h 15m

  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

$157 - $313

Bus, train, ferry  •  28h 39m

  1. Take the bus from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane Roma Street 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

$218 - $361

Bus Greyhound Australia, ferry  •  33h 10m

  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  •  34h 14m

  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

$233 - $337

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Gold Coast to Great Barrier Reef is to train and fly and ferry which costs $220 - $440 and takes 9h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Gold Coast to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $210 - $650 and takes 7h 44m.

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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 28h 39m and costs $300 - $550.

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It takes approximately 7h 44m 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 2h 25m.

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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 Gold Coast to Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Distance: 915.9 miles
  • Duration: 7h 44m

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 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 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 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
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $460
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $410
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $340
Cathay Pacific
Website
cathaypacific.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Train operators
TRANSLink QLD
Phone
13 12 30
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $22
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$14 - $19
Standard
$16 - $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
24h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
Book at
Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$262
B-Quick
$145
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 Surfers Paradise to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $19
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$6 - $9
Flexifare
$13 - $19
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $250
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$140 - $210
Flexifare
$170 - $250
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $250
Website
Premier Motor Service
Ferry operators
Green Island Adventures
Phone
(61) 7 4044 9944
Email
central_ga@quicksilvergroup.com.au
Website
green-island.com.au
Ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$69
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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