There are 6 ways to get from Gold Coast to Whitsunday Island by train, plane 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.

Recommended option

Train to Brisbane, fly to Hamilton Island  •  5 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
  2. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Hamilton Island (HTI) BNE - HTI

$108 - $387

Cheapest option

Train to Brisbane, fly to Mackay, bus  •  8 h 38 min

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

$96 - $306

4 alternative options

Train to Brisbane, fly to Proserpine, travel  •  6 h 15 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. Travel from Proserpine to Whitsunday Island

Fly Gold Coast to Mackay, bus  •  11 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Gold Coast (OOL) to Mackay (MKY) OOL - MKY
  2. Take the bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach

$254 - $1,358

Train, travel  •  17 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Roma Street, platform 7
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Proserpine
  3. Travel from Proserpine to Whitsunday Island

Bus  •  21 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane 175 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach Gx443 / ...

$108 - $197

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

You can take a bus from Gold Coast to Whitsunday Island via Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour Rd at Hermitage Drive, and Shute Harbour in around 21 h 29 min.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from Brisbane to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $370
Flights from Gold Coast to Mackay via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $2,500
Flights from Gold Coast to Mackay via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $2,500
Flights from Gold Coast to Mackay via Rockhampton, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $2,500
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Brisbane to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Brisbane to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $420
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $440
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay via Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $460
Flights from Gold Coast to Mackay via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $2,100
Flights from Gold Coast to Mackay via Sydney, Townsville
Ave. Duration
9 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Mackay via Cairns, Townsville
Ave. Duration
11 h 40 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$190 - $390
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Brisbane to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $420
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $330
Train operators
TRANSLink QLD
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$15 - $20
Standard
$18 - $23
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
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
14 h 7 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$110 - $220
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$217
B-Quick
$119
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $30
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$13 - $19
Flexifare
$21 - $30
Bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
18 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$100 - $180
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$100 - $150
Flexifare
$120 - $180
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
$11 - $16
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Gold Coast to Whitsunday Island?

The distance between Gold Coast and Whitsunday Island is 972 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Gold Coast to Whitsunday Island?

The cheapest way to get from Gold Coast to Whitsunday Island is to train and fly and bus which costs $120 - $400 and takes 8 h 38 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Gold Coast to Whitsunday Island?

The quickest way to get from Gold Coast to Whitsunday Island is to train and fly which takes 5 h 26 min and costs $140 - $550.

How long does it take to get from Gold Coast to Whitsunday Island?

It takes approximately 5 h 26 min to get from Gold Coast to Whitsunday Island, including transfers.