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

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Tram to Gold Coast, fly  •  3h 30m

  1. Take the tram from Cavill Avenue station to Broadbeach South station
  2. Fly from Gold Coast (OOL) to Sydney (SYD) OOL - SYD

$59 - $247

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Train to Brisbane, fly  •  5h 12m

  1. Take the train from Helensvale station, platform 2 to International Airport station, platform 2
  2. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Sydney (SYD) BNE - SYD

$119 - $274

Bus to Ballina, fly  •  6h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Tweed Heads South mall to Ballina Airport
  2. Fly from Ballina (BNK) to Sydney (SYD) BNK - SYD

$109 - $337

Bus  •  15h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Surfers Paradise to Sydney Gx422 / ...

$75 - $250

Train  •  17h 8m

  1. Take the train from Helensvale station, platform 2 to Roma Street station, platform 7 Vlbd / ...
  2. Take the train from Brisbane to Central Station 32

$75 - $115

Drive  •  9h 5m

  1. Drive from Gold Coast to Sydney 831.7 km

$90 - $140

Gold Coast to Sydney by bus

The bus journey time between Gold Coast and Sydney is around 15h 55m and covers a distance of around 942 km. The fastest bus normally takes 15h 30m. Operated by Greyhound Australia and Premier Motor Service, the Gold Coast to Sydney bus service departs from Surfers Paradise and arrives in Sydney. Typically 16 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
15h 55m
Fastest bus time:
15h 30m
Buses per week:
16
Cheapest price:
$75
Carbon emissions:
117 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
14:20
Last bus departs at:
15:25

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Gold Coast to Sydney bus schedules

Gold Coast → Sydney
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The cheapest way to get from Gold Coast to Sydney is to tram and fly which costs $55 - $250 and takes 3h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Gold Coast to Sydney is to tram and fly which costs $55 - $250 and takes 3h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Surfers Paradise and arriving at Sydney. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 15h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Gold Coast station to Sydney station. However, there are services departing from Cypress Avenue station and arriving at Central Station via Helensvale station, platform 2 and Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17h 8m.

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The distance between Gold Coast and Sydney is 686 km. The road distance is 831.7 km.

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The best way to get from Gold Coast to Sydney without a car is to bus which takes 15h 30m and costs $75 - $250.

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It takes approximately 3h 30m to get from Gold Coast to Sydney, including transfers.

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

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Gold Coast to Sydney train services, operated by TRANSLink QLD, depart from Helensvale station, platform 2.

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The best way to get from Gold Coast to Sydney is to bus which takes 15h 30m and costs $75 - $250. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $75 - $120 and takes 17h 8m.

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Map of how to get from Gold Coast to Sydney.
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  • Distance: 685.7 km
  • Duration: 3h 30m

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

Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Surfers Paradise to Sydney once daily. Tickets cost $130 - $250 and the journey takes 15h 30m. Premier Motor Service also services this route once daily. Alternatively, you can take a train from Gold Coast to Sydney via Helensvale station, platform 4, Helensvale station, platform 2, and Brisbane in around 17h 8m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Gold Coast to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Flights from Gold Coast to Sydney via Canberra
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Flights from Brisbane to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $320
Flights from Ballina to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $460
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Gold Coast to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $330
Flights from Brisbane to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Ballina to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $430
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Gold Coast to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Brisbane to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $290
Flights from Ballina to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $380
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Gold Coast to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $390
Flights from Ballina to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $460
FlyPelican
Website
flypelican.com.au
Flights from Ballina to Sydney via Newcastle
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Train operators
TRANSLink QLD
Phone
13 12 30
Website
translink.com.au
Tram from Cavill Avenue station to Broadbeach South station
Ave. Duration
10 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
TRANSLink QLD
Train from Helensvale station, platform 2 to International Airport station, platform 2
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $31
Website
TRANSLink QLD
Train from Helensvale station, platform 2 to Roma Street station, platform 7
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
TRANSLink QLD
NSW TrainLink
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Brisbane to Central Station
Ave. Duration
14h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $100
Website
NSW TrainLink Train
Bus operators
Byron Easybus
Phone
+612 6685 7447
Email
info@byronbus.com
Website
byronbayshuttle.com.au
Bus from Tweed Heads South mall to Ballina Airport
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
Byron Easybus
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, although service is limited in Western Australia with just a single route to Broome. Buses are equipped for long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers, reclining seats and an onboard bathroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Surfers Paradise to Sydney
Ave. Duration
15h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $250
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$130 - $200
Advantage
$160 - $230
Premium
$170 - $250
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61244235233 (call 13 34 10 within Australia)
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Surfers Paradise to Sydney
Ave. Duration
16h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
Premier Motor Service

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The quickest flight from Gold Coast Airport to Sydney Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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

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Gold Coast to Sydney train services, operated by NSW TrainLink, arrive at Central Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Gold Coast to Sydney is 832 km. It takes approximately 9h 5m to drive from Gold Coast to Sydney.

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Regional Express, Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar offer flights from Gold Coast Airport to Sydney Airport.

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