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There are 6 ways to get from Sydney to Brisbane by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Sydney to Brisbane

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Brisbane (BNE)

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane

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Fly Sydney to Gold Coast, train

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Gold Coast (OOL)
  2. Take the train from Varsity Lakes station, platform 2 to Central station, platform 3

Train to Newcastle, fly to Brisbane

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Hamilton Station
  2. Fly from Newcastle (NTL) to Brisbane (BNE)

Train

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane

Drive

  1. Drive from Sydney to Brisbane

Sydney to Brisbane by train

The train journey time between Sydney and Brisbane is around 14h 12m and covers a distance of around 988 km. Operated by NSW TrainLink, the Sydney to Brisbane train service departs from Central Station and arrives in Brisbane. Typically 14 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

14 Weekly Trains
14h 12m Average Duration
$95 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Brisbane is to train which costs $95 - $140 and takes 14h 12m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Brisbane is to fly which costs $110 - $410 and takes 3h 28m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sydney and arriving at Brisbane. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 17h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Central Station station and arriving at Brisbane. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 14h 12m.

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The distance between Sydney and Brisbane is 732 km. The road distance is 907.6 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Brisbane without a car is to train which takes 14h 12m and costs $95 - $140.

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It takes approximately 3h 28m to get from Sydney to Brisbane, including transfers.

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Sydney to Brisbane bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Sydney station.

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Sydney to Brisbane train services, operated by NSW TrainLink, depart from Central Station.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Brisbane is to fly which takes 3h 28m and costs $110 - $410. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $95 - $140 and takes 14h 12m, you could also bus, which costs $80 - $270 and takes 17h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Brisbane.
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  • Distance: 732.3 km
  • Duration: 3h 28m

What companies run services between Sydney, NSW, Australia and Brisbane, QLD, Australia?

Jetstar, Virgin Australia and two other airlines fly from Sydney to Brisbane every 30 minutes. Alternatively, NSW TrainLink operates a train from Central Station to Brisbane twice daily. Tickets cost $95 - $140 and the journey takes 14h 12m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $550
Flights from Newcastle to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $490
Flights from Newcastle to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $470
Flights from Newcastle to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $420
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Train operators
Translink QLD
Phone
13 12 30
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Varsity Lakes station, platform 2 to Central station, platform 3
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
TRANSLink QLD
Transport for NSW

Transport for NSW manages public transport for Australia’s New South Wales region, including metro, train, bus, ferry, light rail and coach. Hubs include Sydney, Byron Bay, Newcastle and Wollongong. Use an Opal card for cheapest fares in greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, the Hunter and the Illawarra. Tickets for regional train and bus services need to be booked before travel (Opal cards are not accepted).

Contact Details
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Hamilton Station
Ave. Duration
2h 51m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Website
Transport NSW
Opal card
$9 - $12
Opal single trip ticket
$11 - $15
NSW TrainLink
Phone
13 22 32
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14h 12m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Website
NSW TrainLink Train
Economy
$95 - $140
First Class
$130 - $200
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 Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Early Bird
$140 - $210
Advantage
$170 - $250
Premium
$180 - $270
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233 (call 13 34 10 within Australia)
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
Premier Motor Service

Want to know more about travelling around Australia

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More Questions & Answers

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

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Sydney to Brisbane bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Brisbane station.

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Brisbane is 1h behind Sydney. It is currently 8:32 PM in Sydney and 7:32 PM in Brisbane.

Sydney to Brisbane train services, operated by NSW TrainLink, arrive at Brisbane station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sydney to Brisbane is 908 km. It takes approximately 9h 54m to drive from Sydney to Brisbane.

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Jetstar, Regional Express, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Sydney Airport to Brisbane Airport.

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There are 317+ hotels available in Brisbane. Prices start at $150 AUD per night.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Sydney Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs $18 - $21.

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