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There are 4 ways to get from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach by ferry, bus, train or car

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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Ferry, bus Greyhound Australia  •  3 h 55 min

  1. Take the ferry from Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal to Breakwater Ferry 1F
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach Gx414 / ...

$25 - $242

3 alternative options

Ferry, train  •  6 h 29 min

  1. Take the ferry from Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal to Breakwater Ferry 1F
  2. Take the train from Townsville to Proserpine Spirit of Queensland

$34 - $75

Ferry, bus Premier Motor Service  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Take the ferry from Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal to Breakwater Ferry 1F
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Bowen
  3. Take the bus from Bowen to Airlie Beach

$35 - $67

Ferry, drive  •  4 h 20 min

  1. Take the ferry from Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal to Breakwater Ferry 1F
  2. Drive from Breakwater Ferry to Airlie Beach

$27 - $62

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach is to ferry and drive which costs $35 - $90 and takes 4 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach is to ferry and bus which costs $35 - $340 and takes 3 h 55 min.

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The distance between Magnetic Island and Airlie Beach is 234 km.

The best way to get from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 3 h 55 min and costs $35 - $340.

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It takes approximately 3 h 55 min to get from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach, including transfers.

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There are 177+ hotels available in Airlie Beach. Prices start at $73 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach.
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  • Distance: 146.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 55 min

What companies run services between Magnetic Island, QLD, Australia and Airlie Beach, QLD, Australia?

There is no direct connection from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach. However, you can take the ferry to Breakwater Ferry, take the walk to Townsville, then take the bus to Airlie Beach. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach via Breakwater Ferry, Breakwater Terminal, Flinders St at station, Townsville, Proserpine, and Mill St at Proserpine in around 6 h 29 min.

Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Townsville to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Book at
Queensland Rail Travel
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 Townsville to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $220
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$22 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $45
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Bowen
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $30
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Bowen to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Ferry operators
TRANSLink QLD
Website
translink.com.au
Ferry from Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal to Breakwater Ferry
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
translink.com.au
Sealink (QLD)
Phone
+61 7 4726 0800
Email
infoqld@sealink.com.au
Website
sealinkqld.com.au
Ferry from Magnetic Island to Townsville
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $22
Schedules at
sealinkqld.com.au

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