There are 6 ways to get from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach by bus, train, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Bus  •  7 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane 175 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach Gx440 / ...

$32 - $176

Cheapest option

Train, bus via Nambour  •  8 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Central, platform 3
  2. Take the train from Central, platform 6 to Nambour, platform 1
  3. Take the bus from Nambour to Kybong
  4. Take the bus from Kybong to Rainbow Beach

$30 - $66

4 alternative options

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

$43 - $188

Train Queensland Rail Travel, bus  •  8 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Roma Street, platform 7
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Gympie North
  3. Take the bus from Gympie to Rainbow Beach

$35 - $83

Drive  •  3 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach 197.1 miles

$28 - $45

Train, fly, bus  •  7 h 24 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 - Pialba to Rainbow Beach

$145 - $396

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 in around 7 h 17 min.

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 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$16 - $21
Standard
$18 - $24
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Central, platform 3
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Train from Central, platform 6 to Nambour, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
translink.com.au
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Roma Street, platform 7
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Train from Roma Street, platform 9 to Gympie North, platform 1
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $19
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$16 - $20
Standard
$18 - $24
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Gympie North
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
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 - $11
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
$12 - $16
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$24 - $160
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$24 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $50
Bus from Brisbane Domestic Airport to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $160
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$24 - $35
Flexifare
$35 - $50
Bus from Nambour to Kybong
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $17
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$4 - $7
Flexifare
$12 - $17
Bus from Kybong to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $22
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$7 - $11
Flexifare
$15 - $22
Bus from Gympie to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $20
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$6 - $10
Flexifare
$14 - $20
Bus from Hervey Bay - Pialba to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $27
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$11 - $16
Flexifare
$19 - $27

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach?

The distance between Gold Coast and Rainbow Beach is 236 km. The road distance is 315 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach?

The cheapest way to get from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 3 h 53 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach?

The quickest way to get from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach is to drive which takes 3 h 53 min and costs $35 - $55.

Is there a direct bus between Gold Coast and Rainbow Beach?

No, there is no direct bus from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach. However, there are services departing from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd and arriving at Rainbow Beach via Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 17 min.

How long does it take to get from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach?

It takes approximately 7 h 17 min to get from Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach, including transfers.