There are 8 ways to get from Sydney to Mackay by plane, train, car or bus

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Mackay  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Mackay (MKY) SYD - MKY

$145 - $347

Cheapest option

Fly to Proserpine, train  •  6 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Proserpine (PPP) SYD - PPP
  2. Take the train from Proserpine to Mackay

$135 - $425

6 alternative options

Fly to Moranbah, drive  •  7 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Moranbah (MOV) SYD - MOV
  2. Drive from Moranbah to Mackay

$338 - $986

Fly to Hamilton Island, bus  •  9 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Hamilton Island (HTI) SYD - HTI
  2. Take the bus from Airlie Beach to Mackay

$174 - $591

Train  •  27 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Mackay Spirit of Queensland

$203 - $293

Bus Greyhound Australia  •  33 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street Gx243 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Mackay Gx443 / ...

$167 - $287

Bus Premier Motor Service  •  37 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Mackay

$214 - $300

Drive  •  21 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Sydney to Mackay 1152 miles

$160 - $240

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The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Mackay is to fly which costs $190 - $480 and takes 6 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Mackay is to fly and train which costs $180 - $600 and takes 6 h 32 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sydney to Mackay. However, there are services departing from Sydney and arriving at Mackay via Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33 h 25 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Sydney station to Mackay. However, there are services departing from Central Station and arriving at Mackay via Brisbane Roma Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 27 h 31 min.

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The distance between Sydney and Mackay is 1428 km. The road distance is 1843.2 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Mackay without a car is to train which takes 27 h 31 min and costs $270 - $410.

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It takes approximately 6 h 35 min to get from Sydney to Mackay, including transfers.

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

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Sydney to Mackay train services, operated by Transport NSW, arrive at Central Station.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Mackay is to fly which takes 6 h 35 min and costs $190 - $480. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $270 - $410 and takes 27 h 31 min, you could also bus, which costs $230 - $400 and takes 33 h 25 min.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Mackay.
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  • Distance: 892.3 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 35 min

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

Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar fly from Sydney to Mackay hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Sydney to Mackay via Brisbane and Brisbane Roma Street in around 27 h 31 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Brisbane, Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Moranbah via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $950
Flights from Sydney to Moranbah via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,000
Flights from Sydney to Moranbah via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 48 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$410 - $1,100
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Port Macquarie, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $800
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $600
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Proserpine to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Mackay
Ave. Duration
12 h 19 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.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 Airlie Beach to Mackay
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $29
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$12 - $18
Flexifare
$20 - $29
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
16 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$80 - $120
Flexifare
$100 - $140
Bus from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
15 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$85 - $130
Flexifare
$100 - $150
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Airlie Beach to Mackay
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $24
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $130
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
17 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Mackay
Ave. Duration
17 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $150
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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