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  •  6 h 6 min

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

$71 - $261

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Train, fly to Proserpine  •  7 h 48 min

  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

$121 - $279

Train, fly to Moranbah, drive  •  7 h 34 min

  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

$184 - $410

Train  •  15 h 10 min

  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  •  17 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane Roma Street Gx243 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Mackay Gx443 / ...

$92 - $169

Train, bus  •  20 h 39 min

  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  •  13 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Gold Coast to Mackay 641.4 miles

$90 - $140

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Gold Coast to Mackay is to train and fly which costs $95 - $360 and takes 6 h 6 min.

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The quickest way to get from Gold Coast to Mackay is to train and fly which costs $95 - $360 and takes 6 h 6 min.

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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 17 h 55 min.

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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 15 h 10 min and costs $160 - $240.

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It takes approximately 6 h 6 min 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 15 h 10 min and costs $160 - $240. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $120 - $240 and takes 17 h 55 min.

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

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 15 h 10 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Gold Coast to Mackay via Brisbane Roma Street and Brisbane in around 17 h 55 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $420
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay via Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $460
Flights from Brisbane to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $420
Flights from Brisbane to Moranbah
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $370
Flights from Brisbane to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $330
Flights from Brisbane to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $420
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
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Roma Street, platform 6
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
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
1 h 25 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Mackay
Ave. Duration
12 h 19 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
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
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 Mackay
Ave. Duration
15 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$85 - $130
Flexifare
$100 - $150
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
Bus from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
17 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Mackay
Ave. Duration
17 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $150
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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