There are 8 ways to get from Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach by bus, plane, 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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Bus to Hervey Bay, fly to Proserpine  •  8 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Rainbow Beach to Hervey Bay - Pialba
  2. Fly from Hervey Bay (HVB) to Proserpine (PPP) HVB - PPP

$302 - $640

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Bus Greyhound Australia  •  15 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Rainbow Beach to Hervey Bay - Torquay Gx441 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Hervey Bay - Torquay to Airlie Beach Gx443 / ...

$82 - $146

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Bus to Hervey Bay, fly to Mackay, train  •  10 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Rainbow Beach to Hervey Bay - Pialba
  2. Fly from Hervey Bay (HVB) to Mackay (MKY) HVB - MKY
  3. Take the train from Mackay to Proserpine

$250 - $512

Bus, train, train to Brisbane, fly to Proserpine  •  10 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Rainbow Beach to Cooroy
  2. Take the train from Cooroy to Caboolture
  3. Take the train from Caboolture, platform 1 to Eagle Junction, platform 3
  4. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Proserpine (PPP) BNE - PPP

$113 - $292

Bus, train, train to Brisbane, fly to Hamilton Island  •  10 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Rainbow Beach to Cooroy
  2. Take the train from Cooroy to Caboolture
  3. Take the train from Caboolture, platform 1 to Eagle Junction, platform 3
  4. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Hamilton Island (HTI) BNE - HTI

$159 - $494

Bus Premier Motor Service  •  14 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach

$95 - $130

Bus, train  •  15 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Rainbow Beach to Maryborough Gx440
  2. Take the train from Maryborough West to Proserpine Spirit of Queensland

$110 - $175

Drive  •  13 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach 600.4 miles

$85 - $130

Questions & Answers

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Rainbow Beach and arriving at Airlie Beach. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 14 h 30 min.

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The distance between Rainbow Beach and Airlie Beach is 770 km. The road distance is 960.6 km.

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The best way to get from Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach without a car is to bus which takes 14 h 30 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 8 h 39 min to get from Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach, including transfers.

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Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, depart from Rainbow Beach station.

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There is no direct flight from Hervey Bay Airport to Proserpine Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h and has one stopover.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach is 961 km. It takes approximately 13 h 48 min to drive from Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach.

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Jetstar, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Hervey Bay Airport to Proserpine Airport.

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There are 173+ hotels available in Airlie Beach. Prices start at $73 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach.
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  • Distance: 481 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 39 min

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

Premier Motor Service operates a bus from Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach once daily. Tickets cost $95 - $130 and the journey takes 14 h 30 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Hervey Bay to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $420
Flights from Hervey Bay to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Hervey Bay to Mackay via Brisbane, Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Brisbane to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $420
Flights from Brisbane to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Hervey Bay to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $600
Flights from Brisbane to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Flights from Brisbane to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Hervey Bay to Proserpine via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$250 - $360
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Brisbane to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $420
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Mackay to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $27
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Queensland Rail Travel
Train from Cooroy to Caboolture
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $21
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Queensland Rail Travel
Train from Maryborough West to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
10 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $140
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Queensland Rail Travel
TRANSLink QLD
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Cooroy, platform 1 to Caboolture, platform 2
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Train from Caboolture, platform 1 to Eagle Junction, platform 3
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
jp.translink.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 Rainbow Beach to Hervey Bay - Pialba
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $25
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$10 - $15
Flexifare
$17 - $25
Bus from Rainbow Beach to Cooroy
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $23
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$9 - $14
Flexifare
$16 - $23
Bus from Rainbow Beach to Maryborough
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $20
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$7 - $11
Flexifare
$14 - $20
Bus from Rainbow Beach to Hervey Bay - Torquay
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $27
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$11 - $17
Flexifare
$19 - $27
Bus from Hervey Bay - Torquay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
12 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$70 - $120
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$70 - $100
Flexifare
$85 - $120
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Rainbow Beach to Hervey Bay
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
14 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $130
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Rainbow Beach to Maryborough
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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