There are 6 ways to get from Melbourne to Sunshine Coast by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly to Maroochydore  •  4 h 48 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Maroochydore (MCY) MEL - MCY

$111 - $248

Cheapest option

Fly to Brisbane, bus  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Brisbane (BNE) MEL - BNE
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane International Airport to Mooloolaba

$92 - $296

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Train  •  29 h 9 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 Roma Street, platform 9 to Nambour, platform 3

$195 - $384

Bus  •  33 h 10 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 Coolum Beach

$135 - $218

Train, bus, drive  •  33 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Central Station 622 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Sydney to Westfield Garden City
  3. Drive from Kippa-Ring station Stop A to Sunshine Coast

$178 - $334

Drive  •  20 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Sunshine Coast 1170.8 miles

$160 - $250

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Sunshine Coast is to fly which costs $150 - $340 and takes 4 h 48 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Sunshine Coast is to fly which costs $150 - $340 and takes 4 h 48 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Sunshine Coast. However, there are services departing from Melbourne and arriving at Coolum Beach via Sydney and Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33 h 10 min.

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The distance between Melbourne and Sunshine Coast is 1465 km. The road distance is 1873.2 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Sunshine Coast without a car is to train which takes 29 h 9 min and costs $260 - $550.

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It takes approximately 4 h 48 min to get from Melbourne to Sunshine Coast, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Sunshine Coast is to fly which takes 4 h 48 min and costs $150 - $340. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $260 - $550 and takes 29 h 9 min, you could also bus, which costs $180 - $300 and takes 33 h 10 min.

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Maroochydore Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 15 min.

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Melbourne to Sunshine Coast bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Coolum Beach station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Sunshine Coast is 1873 km. It takes approximately 20 h 14 min to drive from Melbourne to Sunshine Coast.

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Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Maroochydore Airport.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Sunshine Coast.
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  • Distance: 915.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 48 min

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

Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas fly from Melbourne to Sunshine Coast hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Melbourne to Sunshine Coast via Central Station, Brisbane, Roma Street, platform 9, and Nambour, platform 3 in around 29 h 9 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Maroochydore
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Flights from Melbourne to Maroochydore via Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Melbourne to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Maroochydore
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Maroochydore via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $490
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Maroochydore
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Flights from Melbourne to Maroochydore via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Flights from Melbourne to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Train operators
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
$85 - $110
Sleeper
$150 - $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 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $140
1st Class
$120 - $190
TRANSLink QLD
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Roma Street, platform 9 to Nambour, platform 3
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
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 Nambour
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.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 Brisbane International Airport to Mooloolaba
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $22
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$8 - $12
Flexifare
$15 - $22
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
16 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$80 - $120
Flexifare
$100 - $140
Bus from Brisbane to Coolum Beach
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$10 - $15
Flexifare
$18 - $25
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Premier Motor Service
Website
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 Sydney to Westfield Garden City
Ave. Duration
17 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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