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There are 8 ways to get from Melbourne to Sunshine Coast by plane, 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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Fly Melbourne to Maroochydore  •  4h 53m

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

$111 - $248

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Fly Melbourne to Brisbane, bus  •  6h 35m

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

$92 - $294

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Fly Melbourne to Gold Coast, bus  •  7h 34m

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Gold Coast (OOL) MEL - OOL
  2. Take the bus from Gold Coast Airport to Coolum Beach

$117 - $336

Bus to Avalon, fly to Gold Coast, bus  •  8h 4m

  1. Take the bus from Southern Cross to Avalon Airport
  2. Fly from Avalon (AVV) to Gold Coast (OOL) AVV - OOL
  3. Take the bus from Gold Coast Airport to Coolum Beach

$132 - $419

Train  •  29h 6m

  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 1

$193 - $364

Bus  •  32h 45m

  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

$118 - $216

Train, bus  •  35h 36m

  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 Surfers Paradise
  5. Take the bus from Gold Coast to Coolum Beach

$183 - $288

Drive  •  20h 14m

  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 - $350 and takes 4h 53m.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Sunshine Coast is to fly which costs $150 - $350 and takes 4h 53m.

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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 32h 45m.

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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 29h 6m and costs $270 - $550.

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It takes approximately 4h 53m 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 4h 53m and costs $150 - $350. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $270 - $550 and takes 29h 6m, you could also bus, which costs $160 - $310 and takes 32h 45m.

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Maroochydore Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 20m.

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

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Sunshine Coast.
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  • Distance: 915.4 miles
  • Duration: 4h 53m

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

Virgin Australia, Jetstar 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 1 in around 29h 6m.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Maroochydore
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Maroochydore via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $490
Flights from Melbourne to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $480
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Maroochydore
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Flights from Melbourne to Maroochydore via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Melbourne to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $460
Flights from Avalon to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Avalon to Gold Coast via Sydney
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Maroochydore
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Flights from Melbourne to Maroochydore via Sydney
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Flights from Melbourne to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Flights from Melbourne to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $430
Flights from Avalon to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Avalon to Gold Coast via Sydney
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Flights from Melbourne to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $430
Train operators
XPT
Phone
132 232
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Central Station
Ave. Duration
11h 8m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $170
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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
14h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
TRANSLink QLD
Phone
13 12 30
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Roma Street, platform 9 to Nambour, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
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
1h 43m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $24
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Queensland Rail Travel
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
3h 32m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Website
https://www.vline.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
55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $21
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$8 - $12
Flexifare
$15 - $21
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
16h 45m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$80 - $120
Flexifare
$95 - $140
Bus from Brisbane to Coolum Beach
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$10 - $15
Flexifare
$17 - $25
Coast 2 Coast Bus Service
Phone
+61 (0) 435 031 564
Email
info@coast2coastbuses.com
Website
coast2coastbuses.com
Bus from Gold Coast Airport to Coolum Beach
Ave. Duration
3h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$49 - $53
Schedules at
coast2coastbuses.com
Bus from Gold Coast to Coolum Beach
Ave. Duration
2h 53m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$47 - $51
Schedules at
coast2coastbuses.com
Skybus
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
11h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Sydney to Surfers Paradise
Ave. Duration
17h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Website
Premier Motor Service
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
4h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Murrays Coaches
Phone
(61) 13 22 51
Email
reservations@murrays.com.au
Website
murrays.com.au
Bus from Canberra to Sydney
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Book at
Murrays Coaches

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Sunshine Coast is 1h behind Melbourne. It is currently 10:20 AM in Melbourne and 9:20 AM in Sunshine Coast.

Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Sunshine Coast is 1873 km. It takes approximately 20h 14m 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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There are 1044+ hotels available in Sunshine Coast. Prices start at $102 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Melbourne Airport is to bus which takes 20m and costs $18.

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