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There are 4 ways to get from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  7 h

  1. Take the bus from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane Roma Street Gx241 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach Gx440 / ...

$28 - $168

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Train, bus  •  8 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Domestic Airport, platform 1 Vlbd
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane Domestic Airport to Rainbow Beach Gx441

$39 - $176

Drive  •  3 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach 197.1 miles

$28 - $45

Train, fly, bus  •  7 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
  2. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Hervey Bay (HVB) BNE - HVB
  3. Take the bus from Hervey Bay - Torquay to Rainbow Beach

$135 - $383

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The cheapest way to get from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach is to drive which costs $35 - $60 and takes 3 h 53 min.

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The quickest way to get from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach is to drive which costs $35 - $60 and takes 3 h 53 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach. However, there are services departing from Surfers Paradise and arriving at Rainbow Beach via Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h.

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The distance between Gold Coast and Rainbow Beach is 236 km. The road distance is 315.4 km.

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The best way to get from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach without a car is to bus which takes 7 h and costs $40 - $240.

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It takes approximately 7 h to get from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach, including transfers.

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

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The quickest flight from Brisbane Airport to Hervey Bay Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach is 315 km. It takes approximately 3 h 53 min to drive from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach.

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Map of how to get from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach.
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  • Distance: 147.2 miles
  • Duration: 7 h

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

You can take a bus from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach via Brisbane Roma Street and Brisbane in around 7 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Brisbane to Hervey Bay
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Train operators
TRANSLink QLD
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Domestic Airport, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $22
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$14 - $19
Standard
$17 - $22
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $22
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$14 - $19
Standard
$16 - $22
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
45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $19
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$6 - $9
Flexifare
$13 - $19
Bus from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $150
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$22 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $45
Bus from Brisbane Domestic Airport to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $150
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$22 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $45
Bus from Hervey Bay - Torquay to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$10 - $15
Flexifare
$18 - $25
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
$6 - $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
$10 - $14
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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Qantas offers flights from Brisbane Airport to Hervey Bay Airport.

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There are 51+ hotels available in Rainbow Beach. Prices start at $70 USD per night.

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