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There are 4 ways to get from North Lakes to Rainbow Beach by train, bus or car

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Train, bus  •  6h 8m

  1. Take the train from Petrie station, platform 2 to Cooroy station, platform 1 Brgy
  2. Take the bus from Cooroy to Rainbow Beach GX441

$42 - $63

Cheapest option

Bus  •  6h 44m

  1. Take the bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Rainbow Beach PM16

$34 - $54

2 alternative options

Train, bus via Gympie  •  6h 55m

  1. Take the train from Petrie station, platform 2 to Gympie North station, platform 1 Brgy
  2. Take the bus from Gympie to Rainbow Beach PM16

$40 - $72

Drive  •  2h 39m

  1. Drive from North Lakes to Rainbow Beach 212.1 km

$25 - $40

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The cheapest way to get from North Lakes to Rainbow Beach is to drive which costs $25 - $40 and takes 2h 39m.

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The quickest way to get from North Lakes to Rainbow Beach is to drive which costs $25 - $40 and takes 2h 39m.

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No, there is no direct bus from North Lakes to Rainbow Beach. However, there are services departing from Anzac Ave at Kinsellas Road and arriving at Rainbow Beach via Aspley Gympie Road. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 44m.

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The distance between North Lakes and Rainbow Beach is 147 km. The road distance is 212.1 km.

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The best way to get from North Lakes to Rainbow Beach without a car is to train and bus which takes 6h 8m and costs $40 - $65.

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It takes approximately 6h 8m to get from North Lakes to Rainbow Beach, including transfers.

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North Lakes to Rainbow Beach bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, depart from Aspley Gympie Road station.

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North Lakes to Rainbow Beach bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, arrive at Rainbow Beach station.

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Yes, the driving distance between North Lakes to Rainbow Beach is 212 km. It takes approximately 2h 39m to drive from North Lakes to Rainbow Beach.

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There are 15+ hotels available in Rainbow Beach. Prices start at $125 AUD per night.

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  • Distance: 147 km
  • Duration: 6h 8m

What companies run services between North Lakes, QLD, Australia and Rainbow Beach, QLD, Australia?

Premier Motor Service operates a bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Rainbow Beach once daily. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 4h 40m.

Train operators
TRANSLink QLD
Phone
13 12 30
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Petrie station, platform 2 to Cooroy station, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Website
TRANSLink QLD
Train from Petrie station, platform 2 to Gympie North station, platform 1
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Website
TRANSLink QLD
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, although service is limited in Western Australia with just a single route to Broome. Buses are equipped for long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers, reclining seats and an onboard bathroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Cooroy to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
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Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$30 - $40
Premium
$30 - $45
Advantage
$30 - $40
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Gympie to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
Premier Motor Service

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