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

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Fly Sydney to Mackay  •  6h 39m

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

$231 - $872

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Bus  •  30h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Gx241 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Mackay Gx443 / ...

$164 - $433

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Train to Newcastle, fly to Mackay  •  9h 41m

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

$211 - $603

Fly Sydney to Hamilton Island, bus  •  8h 52m

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

$220 - $493

Fly Sydney to Moranbah, drive  •  7h 56m

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

$281 - $1,003

Train  •  28h 1m

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

$190 - $371

Bus via Albany Creek  •  38h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Chatswood to Brisbane Pm12
  2. Take the bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Mackay Pm16

$181 - $348

Drive  •  21h 41m

  1. Drive from Sydney to Mackay 1734.6 km

$220 - $320

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The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Mackay is to fly which costs $230 - $900 and takes 6h 39m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Mackay is to fly which costs $230 - $900 and takes 6h 39m.

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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 30h 20m.

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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 28h 1m.

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The distance between Sydney and Mackay is 1428 km. The road distance is 1734.6 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Mackay without a car is to train which takes 28h 1m and costs $190 - $380.

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It takes approximately 6h 39m 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, depart from Central Station.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Mackay is to fly which takes 6h 39m and costs $230 - $900. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $190 - $380 and takes 28h 1m, you could also bus, which costs $160 - $440 and takes 30h 20m.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Mackay.
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  • Distance: 1427.6 km
  • Duration: 6h 39m

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

Virgin Australia, Qantas 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 28h 1m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Brisbane, Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Newcastle to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Newcastle to Mackay via Brisbane, Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Sydney to Moranbah via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from Sydney to Moranbah via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Sydney to Moranbah via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,200
Flights from Sydney to Moranbah via Adelaide, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,400
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Newcastle to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Flights from Newcastle to Mackay via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$270 - $800
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Newcastle to Mackay via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Train operators
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
$24 - $45
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$24 - $35
First Class
$30 - $45
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $170
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$90 - $120
First Class
$120 - $170
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 Airlie Beach to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$35 - $45
Premium
$35 - $50
Advantage
$35 - $45
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
13h 40m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$120 - $160
Premium
$150 - $210
Advantage
$160 - $190
Bus from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
15h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$130 - $230
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$130 - $170
Premium
$160 - $230
Advantage
$170 - $210
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Airlie Beach to Mackay
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
17h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $160
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Mackay
Ave. Duration
17h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $180
Website
Premier Motor Service

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There is no direct flight from Sydney Airport to Mackay Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 10m and has one stopover.

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

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Sydney to Mackay train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Mackay station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sydney to Mackay is 1735 km. It takes approximately 21h 41m to drive from Sydney to Mackay.

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Qantas and Virgin Australia offer flights from Sydney Airport to Mackay Airport.

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There are 67+ hotels available in Mackay. 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.

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