There are 5 ways to get from Sydney to Gold Coast by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Gold Coast  •  3 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Gold Coast (OOL) SYD - OOL

$50 - $218

4 alternative options

Fly to Brisbane, train  •  5 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Brisbane (BNE) SYD - BNE
  2. Take the train from International Airport, platform 1 to Helensvale, platform 1

$74 - $248

Bus  •  15 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Surfers Paradise Gx243 / ...

$75 - $130

Train  •  16 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  2. Take the train from Roma Street, platform 4 to Helensvale, platform 1 Bdvl / ...

$101 - $146

Drive  •  9 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Sydney to Gold Coast 527.2 miles

$75 - $110

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The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Gold Coast is to drive which costs $100 - $150 and takes 9 h 32 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Gold Coast is to fly which costs $65 - $300 and takes 3 h 19 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sydney and arriving at Surfers Paradise. Services depart three times a day. The journey takes approximately 15 h 30 min.

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The distance between Sydney and Gold Coast is 686 km. The road distance is 843.5 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Gold Coast without a car is to bus which takes 15 h 30 min and costs $100 - $180.

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It takes approximately 3 h 19 min to get from Sydney to Gold Coast, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Sydney to Gold Coast is to fly which takes 3 h 19 min and costs $65 - $300. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $100 - $180 and takes 15 h 30 min, you could also train, which costs $130 - $210 and takes 16 h 11 min.

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Gold Coast Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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Sydney to Gold Coast bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Surfers Paradise station.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Gold Coast.
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  • Distance: 428.5 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 19 min

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

Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia and two other airlines fly from Sydney to Gold Coast hourly. Alternatively, Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Sydney to Gold Coast twice daily. Tickets cost $75 - $130 and the journey takes 15 h 30 min. Premier Motor Service also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $370
Flights from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $470
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $420
Flights from Sydney to Gold Coast via Canberra
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $420
Flights from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $380
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $340
Flights from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $310
Train operators
TRANSLink QLD
Website
translink.com.au
Train from International Airport, platform 1 to Helensvale, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$15 - $19
Standard
$17 - $22
Train from Roma Street, platform 4 to Helensvale, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $140
1st Class
$120 - $190
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 Sydney to Surfers Paradise
Ave. Duration
15 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$75 - $110
Flexifare
$90 - $130
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Surfers Paradise
Ave. Duration
16 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $120
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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