There are 5 ways to get from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island by plane, train or bus

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Hamilton Island  •  4 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Hamilton Island (HTI) MEL - HTI

$153 - $413

4 alternative options

Fly to Proserpine, travel  •  5 h 16 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Proserpine (PPP) MEL - PPP
  2. Travel from Proserpine to Whitsunday Island

Train, travel  •  42 h 20 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 Proserpine
  4. Travel from Proserpine to Whitsunday Island

Train, bus  •  46 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Central Station 622 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Proserpine

$253 - $522

Bus  •  2 days 2 h

  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 Airlie Beach

$226 - $365

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island is to fly which costs $210 - $600 and takes 4 h 32 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island is to fly which costs $210 - $600 and takes 4 h 32 min.

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The distance between Melbourne and Whitsunday Island is 1990 km.

The best way to get from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island without a car is to train and travel which takes 42 h 20 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 32 min to get from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island is to fly which takes 4 h 32 min and costs $210 - $600. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $310 - $500 and takes 2 days 2 h.

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Hamilton Island Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h.

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

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There are 68+ hotels available in Whitsunday Island. Prices start at $100 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 $18.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island.
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  • Distance: 1243.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 32 min

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

Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar fly from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island via Sydney, Brisbane Roma Street, Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour Rd at Hermitage Drive, and Shute Harbour in around 2 days 2 h.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 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 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $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 Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$160 - $250
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
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
14 h 7 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$110 - $210
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$207
B-Quick
$114
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 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 Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
18 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$100 - $170
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$100 - $140
Flexifare
$120 - $170
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 Brisbane to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
19 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $160
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
$45 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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