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There are 6 ways to get from Mackay to Alice Springs by plane, car, bus or train

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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Fly from Mackay  •  6h 54m

  1. Fly from Mackay (MKY) to Alice Springs (ASP) MKY - ASP

$459 - $1,151

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Train, bus  •  32h 58m

  1. Take the train from Mackay to Townsville
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Tennant Creek
  3. Take the bus from Tennant Creek to Alice Springs

$290 - $876

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Drive to Moranbah, fly  •  18h 24m

  1. Drive from Mackay to Moranbah
  2. Fly from Moranbah (MOV) to Alice Springs (ASP) MOV - ASP

$448 - $1,178

Bus to Hamilton Island, fly  •  22h 58m

  1. Take the bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach
  2. Fly from Hamilton Island (HTI) to Alice Springs (ASP) HTI - ASP

$613 - $1,364

Train  •  3 days 8h

  1. Take the train from Mackay to Brisbane Roma Street
  2. Take the train from Brisbane to Central Station 32
  3. Take the train from Sydney to Adelaide Parklands
  4. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Alice Springs

$1,084 - $2,353

Drive  •  26h 12m

  1. Drive from Mackay to Alice Springs 1528.6 miles

$300 - $450

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The cheapest way to get from Mackay to Alice Springs is to drive which costs $300 - $450 and takes 26h 12m.

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The quickest way to get from Mackay to Alice Springs is to fly which costs $450 - $1,200 and takes 6h 54m.

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No, there is no direct train from Mackay to Alice Springs. However, there are services departing from Mackay and arriving at Alice Springs via Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide Parklands. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 8h.

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The distance between Mackay and Alice Springs is 1595 km. The road distance is 2445.8 km.

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The best way to get from Mackay to Alice Springs without a car is to train and bus which takes 32h 58m and costs $290 - $900.

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It takes approximately 6h 54m to get from Mackay to Alice Springs, including transfers.

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Mackay to Alice Springs train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, depart from Mackay station.

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The best way to get from Mackay to Alice Springs is to fly which takes 6h 54m and costs $450 - $1,200. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $1,000 - $2,400 and takes 3 days 8h.

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There is no direct flight from Mackay Airport to Alice Springs Airport. The quickest flight takes 5h 35m and has one stopover.

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Alice Springs is 30m behind Mackay. It is currently 12:11 PM in Mackay and 11:41 AM in Alice Springs.

Map of how to get from Mackay to Alice Springs.
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  • Distance: 997 miles
  • Duration: 6h 54m

What companies run services between Mackay, QLD, Australia and Alice Springs, NT, Australia?

Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar fly from Mackay to Alice Springs once daily. Alternatively, you can take a train from Mackay to Alice Springs via Brisbane Roma Street, Brisbane, Central Station, Sydney, and Adelaide Parklands in around 3 days 8h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Mackay to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 31m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$480 - $1,300
Flights from Moranbah to Alice Springs via Brisbane, Darwin
Ave. Duration
16h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,200
Flights from Moranbah to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
21h 25m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,100
Flights from Moranbah to Alice Springs via Brisbane, Perth
Ave. Duration
18h 35m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$650 - $1,400
Flights from Moranbah to Alice Springs via Brisbane, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
19h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$490 - $1,200
Flights from Moranbah to Alice Springs via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
19h 45m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$450 - $1,100
Flights from Moranbah to Alice Springs via Brisbane, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
20h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$460 - $1,100
Flights from Hamilton Island to Alice Springs via Brisbane, Darwin
Ave. Duration
19h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$800 - $1,800
Flights from Hamilton Island to Alice Springs via Sydney, Darwin
Ave. Duration
20h 5m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$900 - $1,900
Flights from Hamilton Island to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
23h 10m
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,500
Flights from Hamilton Island to Alice Springs via Sydney
Ave. Duration
23h 10m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,600
Flights from Hamilton Island to Alice Springs via Brisbane, Perth
Ave. Duration
20h 20m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$950 - $1,900
Flights from Hamilton Island to Alice Springs via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
24h 5m
When
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$650 - $1,600
Flights from Hamilton Island to Alice Springs via Sydney, Perth
Ave. Duration
21h 20m
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$950 - $1,900
Flights from Hamilton Island to Alice Springs via Brisbane, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
21h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$700 - $1,700
Flights from Hamilton Island to Alice Springs via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
22h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$650 - $1,600
Flights from Hamilton Island to Alice Springs via Melbourne, Perth
Ave. Duration
22h 35m
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$950 - $1,900
Flights from Hamilton Island to Alice Springs via Brisbane, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
22h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$650 - $1,600
Flights from Hamilton Island to Alice Springs via Sydney, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
23h 45m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$650 - $1,600
Flights from Hamilton Island to Alice Springs via Sydney, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
21h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$700 - $1,600
Flights from Hamilton Island to Alice Springs via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
24h 10m
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$700 - $1,700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Mackay to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,100
Flights from Hamilton Island to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
22h 25m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$490 - $1,200
Flights from Hamilton Island to Alice Springs via Melbourne, Darwin
Ave. Duration
21h 10m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$800 - $1,700
Flights from Hamilton Island to Alice Springs via Brisbane, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
24h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,400
Alliance Airlines
Website
allianceairlines.com.au
Flights from Moranbah to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
15h 50m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
Flights from Hamilton Island to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17h 40m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,900
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Mackay to Townsville
Ave. Duration
4h 44m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $90
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Queensland Rail Travel
Economy- B-Quick fare
$45 - $65
Economy- A-choice fare
$60 - $90
Train from Mackay to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
13h 24m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$90 - $220
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Queensland Rail Travel
Economy- B-Quick fare
$90 - $130
Economy- A-choice fare
$150 - $220
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Brisbane to Central Station
Ave. Duration
14h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $190
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$120 - $190
1st Class
$170 - $260
Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Sydney to Adelaide Parklands
Ave. Duration
24h 45m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$390 - $950
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Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$400
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$650 - $900
Low Gold Single Cabin
$700 - $950
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$850 - $1,100
Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Adelaide Parklands to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
25h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$480 - $1,000
Book at
Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$487
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$895
Low Gold Single Cabin
$981
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,162
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, 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 Mackay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early bird
$30 - $40
Advantage
$35 - $40
Premium
$35 - $60
Bus from Townsville to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
19h 45m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early bird
$180 - $230
Advantage
$250 - $390
Premium
$270 - $600
Bus from Tennant Creek to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $190
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early bird
$65 - $85
Advantage
$85 - $130
Premium
$95 - $190
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
Premier Motor Service

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Mackay to Alice Springs train services, operated by Great Southern Rail - The Ghan, arrive at Alice Springs station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Mackay to Alice Springs is 2446 km. It takes approximately 26h 12m to drive from Mackay to Alice Springs.

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Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Mackay Airport to Alice Springs Airport.

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There are 27+ hotels available in Alice Springs. Prices start at $76 AUD per night.

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The best way to get from Mackay to Mackay Airport is to line 303 bus which takes 4m and costs $4 - $6.

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