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There are 7 ways to get from Melbourne to Surfers Paradise by plane, tram, train, bus or car

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Fly Melbourne to Gold Coast  •  4 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Gold Coast (OOL) MEL - OOL

$63 - $274

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Fly Avalon to Gold Coast, tram  •  4 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Avalon (AVV) to Gold Coast (OOL) AVV - OOL
  2. Take the tram from Broadbeach South to Cavill Avenue

$88 - $375

Fly Melbourne to Brisbane, train  •  6 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Brisbane (BNE) MEL - BNE
  2. Take the train from International Airport, platform 1 to Helensvale, platform 1

$83 - $269

Train  •  28 h 22 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 4 to Helensvale, platform 1

$158 - $308

Bus  •  28 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Sydney Fe31
  2. Take the bus from Sydney to Surfers Paradise Gx243 / ...

$114 - $182

Train, bus  •  30 h 35 min

  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

$161 - $237

Drive  •  18 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Surfers Paradise 1052.1 miles

$150 - $220

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Surfers Paradise is to fly which costs $85 - $390 and takes 4 h 13 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Surfers Paradise is to fly which costs $85 - $390 and takes 4 h 13 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Surfers Paradise. However, there are services departing from Melbourne and arriving at Surfers Paradise via Sydney. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 28 h 30 min.

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The distance between Melbourne and Surfers Paradise is 1346 km. The road distance is 1683.3 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Surfers Paradise without a car is to train which takes 28 h 22 min and costs $220 - $440.

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It takes approximately 4 h 13 min to get from Melbourne to Surfers Paradise, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Surfers Paradise is to fly which takes 4 h 13 min and costs $85 - $390. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $220 - $440 and takes 28 h 22 min, you could also bus, which costs $160 - $260 and takes 28 h 30 min.

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Gold Coast Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h.

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

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Surfers Paradise.
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  • Distance: 841.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 13 min

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

Jetstar, Qantas and two other airlines fly from Melbourne to Surfers Paradise hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Melbourne to Surfers Paradise via Central Station, Brisbane, Roma Street, platform 4, Helensvale, platform 1, and Helensvale, platform 5 in around 28 h 22 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Avalon to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Avalon to Gold Coast via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
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 Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $480
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 Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $430
Flights from Avalon to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Avalon to Gold Coast via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $430
Flights from Melbourne to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Train operators
TRANSLink QLD
Website
translink.com.au
Tram from Broadbeach South to Cavill Avenue
Ave. Duration
11 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Train from International Airport, platform 1 to Helensvale, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $22
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$14 - $19
Standard
$16 - $22
Train from Roma Street, platform 4 to Helensvale, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
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
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
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 Sydney to Surfers Paradise
Ave. Duration
15 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$70 - $110
Flexifare
$90 - $130
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
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Surfers Paradise
Ave. Duration
16 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Surfers Paradise is 1683 km. It takes approximately 18 h 12 min to drive from Melbourne to Surfers Paradise.

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Qantas, Tigerair Australia, Jetstar and Virgin Australia offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Gold Coast Airport.

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There are 997+ hotels available in Surfers Paradise. Prices start at $92 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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