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There are 8 ways to get from Melbourne to Mackay by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Mackay  •  7 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Mackay (MKY) MEL - MKY

$147 - $554

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Fly to Proserpine, train  •  6 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Proserpine (PPP) MEL - PPP
  2. Take the train from Proserpine to Mackay

$183 - $484

Fly to Hamilton Island, bus  •  9 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Hamilton Island (HTI) MEL - HTI
  2. Take the bus from Airlie Beach to Mackay

$196 - $485

Fly to Moranbah, drive  •  8 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Moranbah (MOV) MEL - MOV
  2. Drive from Moranbah to Mackay

$301 - $814

Train  •  39 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Central Station 622 / ...
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Mackay

$260 - $455

Bus  •  46 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Sydney
  2. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Mackay

$209 - $342

Train, bus  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Wodonga
  2. Take the bus from Wodonga to Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave
  3. Take the bus from Canberra to Sydney
  4. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
  5. Take the bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Mackay

$264 - $404

Drive  •  27 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Mackay 1467.8 miles

$200 - $310

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Mackay is to fly which costs $200 - $800 and takes 7 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Mackay is to fly and train which costs $250 - $700 and takes 6 h 54 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Mackay. However, there are services departing from Melbourne and arriving at Mackay via Sydney and Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 46 h 25 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Melbourne to Mackay. However, there are services departing from Southern Cross and arriving at Mackay via Central Station and Brisbane Roma Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 39 h 39 min.

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The distance between Melbourne and Mackay is 1896 km. The road distance is 2348.5 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Mackay without a car is to train which takes 39 h 39 min and costs $360 - $650.

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It takes approximately 7 h 2 min to get from Melbourne to Mackay, including transfers.

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Melbourne to Mackay bus services, operated by Firefly Express, depart from Melbourne station.

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Melbourne to Mackay train services, operated by XPT, depart from Southern Cross station.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Mackay is to fly which takes 7 h 2 min and costs $200 - $800. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $360 - $650 and takes 39 h 39 min, you could also bus, which costs $290 - $490 and takes 46 h 25 min.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Mackay.
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  • Distance: 1185.1 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 2 min

What companies run services between Melbourne, VIC, Australia and Mackay, QLD, Australia?

Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar fly from Melbourne to Mackay hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Melbourne to Mackay via Central Station, Brisbane, and Brisbane Roma Street in around 39 h 39 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Brisbane, Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 12 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $1,400
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Moranbah via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Moranbah via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 52 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Moranbah via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$280 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Moranbah via Adelaide, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 25 min
When
Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $800
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$160 - $250
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Proserpine to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $27
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Queensland Rail Travel
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Mackay
Ave. Duration
12 h 19 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $160
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Queensland Rail Travel
XPT
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Central Station
Ave. Duration
11 h 8 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $170
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $80
First
$80 - $110
Sleeper
$140 - $170
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
V-Line

V/Line is the largest provider of passenger rail and coach services in regional Victoria, Australia. Train and coach services cater to destinations across regional areas from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne city. Myki is used for travel to and from V/Line stations located between Melbourne and Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour, while paper tickets must be used on long distance services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have meal trays, larger reclining seats with more leg room, and approximately 52 seats in each carriage, compared to 88 in Economy Class.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Train from Southern Cross to Wodonga
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
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 Airlie Beach to Mackay
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$12 - $18
Flexifare
$20 - $28
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
16 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$80 - $120
Flexifare
$95 - $140
Bus from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
15 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$85 - $150
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$85 - $120
Flexifare
$100 - $150
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Airlie Beach to Mackay
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $23
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $130
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
17 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Mackay
Ave. Duration
17 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $150
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
V-Line

V/Line is the largest provider of passenger rail and coach services in regional Victoria, Australia. Train and coach services cater to destinations across regional areas from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne city. Myki is used for travel to and from V/Line stations located between Melbourne and Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour, while paper tickets must be used on long distance services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have meal trays, larger reclining seats with more leg room, and approximately 52 seats in each carriage, compared to 88 in Economy Class.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Bus from Wodonga to Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Murrays Coaches
Phone
(61) 13 22 51
Email
reservations@murrays.com.au
Website
murrays.com.au
Bus from Canberra to Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Book at
Murrays Coaches

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There is no direct flight from Melbourne Airport to Mackay Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 35 min and has one stopover.

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Melbourne to Mackay bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Mackay station.

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Melbourne to Mackay train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Mackay station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Mackay is 2348 km. It takes approximately 27 h 13 min to drive from Melbourne to Mackay.

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Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Mackay Airport.

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There are 74+ hotels available in Mackay. Prices start at $62 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Melbourne Airport is to bus which takes 20 min and costs .

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