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There are 7 ways to get from Gold Coast to Mackay by train, plane, car 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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Train, fly to Mackay  •  6h 1m

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
  2. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Mackay (MKY) BNE - MKY

$70 - $260

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Train, fly to Proserpine  •  7h 43m

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
  2. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Proserpine (PPP) BNE - PPP
  3. Take the train from Proserpine to Mackay

$119 - $278

Train, fly to Moranbah, drive  •  7h 29m

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
  2. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Moranbah (MOV) BNE - MOV
  3. Drive from Moranbah to Mackay

$183 - $410

Train  •  15h 10m

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Roma Street, platform 6 Vlbd / ...
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Mackay Spirit of Queensland

$119 - $173

Bus  •  17h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane Roma Street Gx241 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Mackay Gx443 / ...

$91 - $168

Train, bus  •  20h 37m

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Roma Street, platform 6 Vlbd / ...
  2. Take the bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Mackay

$122 - $170

Drive  •  13h 50m

  1. Drive from Gold Coast to Mackay 641.4 miles

$90 - $140

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The cheapest way to get from Gold Coast to Mackay is to train and fly which costs $95 - $370 and takes 6h 1m.

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The quickest way to get from Gold Coast to Mackay is to train and fly which costs $95 - $370 and takes 6h 1m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Gold Coast to Mackay. However, there are services departing from Surfers Paradise and arriving at Mackay via Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17h 50m.

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The distance between Gold Coast and Mackay is 875 km. The road distance is 1026.2 km.

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The best way to get from Gold Coast to Mackay without a car is to train which takes 15h 10m and costs $160 - $250.

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It takes approximately 6h 1m to get from Gold Coast to Mackay, including transfers.

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Gold Coast to Mackay bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Surfers Paradise station.

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The best way to get from Gold Coast to Mackay is to train which takes 15h 10m and costs $160 - $250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $120 - $240 and takes 17h 50m.

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

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Map of how to get from Gold Coast to Mackay.
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  • Distance: 546.8 miles
  • Duration: 6h 1m

What companies run services between Gold Coast, QLD, Australia and Mackay, QLD, Australia?

You can take a train from Gold Coast to Mackay via Helensvale, platform 4, Helensvale, platform 2, Roma Street, platform 6, and Brisbane Roma Street in around 15h 10m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Gold Coast to Mackay via Brisbane in around 17h 50m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
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
Flights from Brisbane to Moranbah
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
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
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
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Roma Street, platform 6
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
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 Surfers Paradise to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $19
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$6 - $9
Flexifare
$13 - $19
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
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 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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Yes, the driving distance between Gold Coast to Mackay is 1026 km. It takes approximately 13h 50m to drive from Gold Coast 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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