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There are 5 ways to get from Surfers Paradise to Rainbow Beach by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus Coast 2 Coast Bus Service  •  6h 48m

  1. Take the bus from Gold Coast to Noosa Heads
  2. Take the bus from Noosa Junction to Rainbow Beach Gx441 / ...

$60 - $78

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Bus via Brisbane  •  7h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane Roma Street Gx241 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach Gx440 / ...

$28 - $168

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Train, bus  •  8h 15m

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Domestic Airport, platform 1 Vlbd
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane Domestic Airport to Rainbow Beach Gx441

$39 - $176

Drive  •  3h 53m

  1. Drive from Surfers Paradise to Rainbow Beach 197.5 miles

$28 - $45

Train, fly, bus  •  7h 21m

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
  2. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Hervey Bay (HVB) BNE - HVB
  3. Take the bus from Hervey Bay - Palace Hostel to Rainbow Beach

$135 - $383

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The cheapest way to get from Surfers Paradise to Rainbow Beach is to drive which costs $35 - $60 and takes 3h 53m.

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The quickest way to get from Surfers Paradise to Rainbow Beach is to drive which costs $35 - $60 and takes 3h 53m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Surfers Paradise to Rainbow Beach. However, there are services departing from Gold Coast and arriving at Rainbow Beach via Noosa Junction. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 48m.

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The distance between Surfers Paradise and Rainbow Beach is 236 km. The road distance is 316 km.

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The best way to get from Surfers Paradise to Rainbow Beach without a car is to bus which takes 6h 48m and costs $80 - $110.

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It takes approximately 6h 48m to get from Surfers Paradise to Rainbow Beach, including transfers.

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Surfers Paradise to Rainbow Beach bus services, operated by Coast 2 Coast Bus Service, depart from Gold Coast station.

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The quickest flight from Brisbane Airport to Hervey Bay Airport is the direct flight which takes 50m.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Surfers Paradise to Rainbow Beach is 316 km. It takes approximately 3h 53m to drive from Surfers Paradise to Rainbow Beach.

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Map of how to get from Surfers Paradise to Rainbow Beach.
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  • Distance: 147.4 miles
  • Duration: 6h 48m

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

You can take a bus from Surfers Paradise to Rainbow Beach via Noosa Heads and Noosa Junction in around 6h 48m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Brisbane to Hervey Bay
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Train operators
TRANSLink QLD
Phone
13 12 30
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Domestic Airport, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $22
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$14 - $19
Standard
$17 - $22
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $22
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$14 - $19
Standard
$16 - $22
Bus operators
Coast 2 Coast Bus Service
Phone
+61 (0) 435 031 564
Email
info@coast2coastbuses.com
Website
coast2coastbuses.com
Bus from Gold Coast to Noosa Heads
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$48 - $52
Schedules at
coast2coastbuses.com
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 Noosa Junction to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $26
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$11 - $16
Flexifare
$18 - $26
Bus from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $19
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$6 - $9
Flexifare
$13 - $19
Bus from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $150
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$22 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $45
Bus from Brisbane Domestic Airport to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $150
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$22 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $45
Bus from Hervey Bay - Palace Hostel to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$10 - $15
Flexifare
$18 - $25
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Noosa Heads Junction to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $21
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Website
Premier Motor Service
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
Transport NSW

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Qantas offers flights from Brisbane Airport to Hervey Bay Airport.

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