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

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Recommended option

Fly Sydney to Brisbane  •  3h 25m

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

$107 - $259

Cheapest option

Fly Sydney to Gold Coast, train  •  5h 26m

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

$68 - $259

4 alternative options

Train to Newcastle, fly to Brisbane  •  6h 28m

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

$91 - $228

Train  •  14h 12m

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31

$95 - $140

Bus  •  16h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Gx244 / ...

$80 - $270

Drive  •  9h 54m

  1. Drive from Sydney to Brisbane 907.6 km

$100 - $150

Sydney to Brisbane by train

The train journey time between Sydney and Brisbane is around 14h 11m and covers a distance of around 988 km. The fastest train normally takes 14h 9m. Operated by NSW TrainLink, the Sydney to Brisbane train service departs from Central Station and arrives in Brisbane. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
14h 11m
Fastest train time:
14h 9m
Trains per week:
7
Cheapest price:
$95
Carbon emissions:
52 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
14:41
Last train departs at:
14:44

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Sydney to Brisbane train schedules

Sydney → Brisbane
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Rules to follow in Australia

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Regional advice

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Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

COVID-19 help in Australia

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Frequently Asked Questions


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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Brisbane is 1800 020 080.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Brisbane is subject to regional advice.

The social distance requirement in Brisbane is 1.5 metres.

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Last updated: 21 Jun 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Brisbane is to fly and train which costs $65 - $260 and takes 5h 26m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Brisbane is to fly which costs $100 - $260 and takes 3h 25m.

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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 16h 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 25m 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 25m and costs $100 - $260. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $95 - $140 and takes 14h 12m, you could also bus, which costs $80 - $270 and takes 16h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Brisbane.
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  • Distance: 732.3 km
  • Duration: 3h 25m

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

Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia fly from Sydney to Brisbane hourly. 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 - $320
Flights from Sydney to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $320
Flights from Sydney to Gold Coast via Canberra
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Flights from Newcastle to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $320
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Sydney to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $330
Flights from Newcastle to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $300
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $290
Flights from Sydney to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Newcastle to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $230
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $390
Train operators
TRANSLink QLD
Phone
13 12 30
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Robina station, platform 2 to Central station, platform 3
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
TRANSLink QLD
Transport 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
131 500
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
16h 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
+61244235233 (call 13 34 10 within Australia)
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
Premier Motor Service

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

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There are 357+ hotels available in Brisbane. Prices start at $125 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.

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