There are 4 ways to get from Surfers Paradise to Emerald by train, plane, bus or car

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Train, fly  •  4h 59m

  1. Take the train from Helensvale station, platform 2 to International Airport station, platform 2
  2. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Emerald (EMD) BNE - EMD

$191 - $406

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Train  •  18h 14m

  1. Take the train from Helensvale station, platform 2 to Roma Street station, platform 7 Vlbd / ...
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Emerald Spirit of the Outback

$97 - $227

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Bus  •  18h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane 175
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Rockhampton
  3. Take the bus from Rockhampton Coach Station to Emerald

$145 - $269

Drive  •  10h 49m

  1. Drive from Surfers Paradise to Emerald 933.4 km

$120 - $180

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The cheapest way to get from Surfers Paradise to Emerald is to drive which costs $120 - $180 and takes 10h 49m.

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The quickest way to get from Surfers Paradise to Emerald is to train and fly which costs $190 - $410 and takes 4h 59m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Surfers Paradise to Emerald. However, there are services departing from Surfers Paradise and arriving at Emerald via Brisbane and Rockhampton Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18h 15m.

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No, there is no direct train from Surfers Paradise station to Emerald. However, there are services departing from Cavill Avenue station and arriving at Emerald via Helensvale station, platform 2 and Brisbane Roma Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18h 14m.

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The distance between Surfers Paradise and Emerald is 725 km. The road distance is 933.4 km.

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The best way to get from Surfers Paradise to Emerald without a car is to train which takes 18h 14m and costs $95 - $230.

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It takes approximately 4h 59m to get from Surfers Paradise to Emerald, including transfers.

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Surfers Paradise to Emerald bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Surfers Paradise station.

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Surfers Paradise to Emerald train services, operated by TRANSLink QLD, depart from Helensvale station, platform 2.

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The best way to get from Surfers Paradise to Emerald is to train which takes 18h 14m and costs $95 - $230. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $140 - $270 and takes 18h 15m.

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Map of how to get from Surfers Paradise to Emerald.
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  • Distance: 725.1 km
  • Duration: 4h 59m

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

You can take a train from Surfers Paradise to Emerald via Helensvale station, platform 4, Helensvale station, platform 2, Roma Street station, platform 7, and Brisbane Roma Street in around 18h 14m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Surfers Paradise to Emerald via Brisbane and Rockhampton Coach Station in around 18h 15m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Brisbane to Emerald
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Emerald
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Alliance Airlines
Website
allianceairlines.com.au
Flights from Brisbane to Emerald via Maroochydore
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
$95 - $650
Train operators
TRANSLink QLD
Phone
13 12 30
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Helensvale station, platform 2 to International Airport station, platform 2
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $30
Website
TRANSLink QLD
Online
$20 - $26
Standard
$23 - $30
Train from Helensvale station, platform 2 to Roma Street station, platform 7
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
TRANSLink QLD
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Emerald
Ave. Duration
15h 20m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$85 - $210
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Queensland Rail Travel
Economy- B-Quick fare
$85 - $130
Economy- A-choice fare
$140 - $210
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 Surfers Paradise to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$26 - $35
Premium
$26 - $35
Advantage
$24 - $29
Bus from Brisbane to Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
11h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$95 - $160
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$95 - $120
Premium
$110 - $160
Advantage
$120 - $150
Bus from Rockhampton Coach Station to Emerald
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$45 - $60
Premium
$50 - $75
Advantage
$55 - $65
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5 - $6
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Rockhampton George Street
Ave. Duration
13h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $130
Website
Premier Motor Service

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The quickest flight from Brisbane Airport to Emerald Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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

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Surfers Paradise to Emerald train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Emerald station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Surfers Paradise to Emerald is 933 km. It takes approximately 10h 49m to drive from Surfers Paradise to Emerald.

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Alliance Airlines, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Brisbane Airport to Emerald Airport.

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There are 22+ hotels available in Emerald. Prices start at $150 AUD per night.

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