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There are 9 ways to get from Sydney to Mackay by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly Sydney to Mackay  •  6h 49m

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

$148 - $308

8 alternative options

Fly Sydney to Proserpine, bus  •  8h 17m

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

$185 - $378

Train to Newcastle, fly to Mackay  •  10h 44m

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

$202 - $327

Fly Sydney to Moranbah, drive  •  7h 51m

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

$298 - $798

Fly Sydney to Hamilton Island, bus  •  9h 7m

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

$255 - $678

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 Queensland

$168 - $305

Bus  •  35h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Pm12
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Mackay Pm16 / ...

$174 - $367

Bus, train  •  47h 53m

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane
  2. Take the train from Central station, platform 3 to Cooroy station, platform 1
  3. Take the bus from Cooroy to Mackay

$271 - $460

Drive  •  21h 1m

  1. Drive from Sydney to Mackay 1733.7 km

$190 - $290

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The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Mackay is to train and fly which costs $200 - $330 and takes 10h 44m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Mackay is to fly which costs $140 - $310 and takes 6h 49m.

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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 35h 55m.

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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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It is 1428 km from Sydney to Mackay. It is approximately 1733.7 km to drive.

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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 $160 - $310.

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It takes approximately 6h 49m to get from Sydney to Mackay, including transfers.

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Sydney to Mackay bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, depart from Sydney station.

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

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The best way to get from Sydney to Mackay is to fly which takes 6h 49m and costs $140 - $310. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $160 - $310 and takes 28h 1m, you could also bus, which costs $170 - $370 and takes 35h 55m.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Mackay.
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  • Distance: 1427.6 km
  • Duration: 6h 49m

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 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Brisbane, Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
5h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Coffs Harbour, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Port Macquarie, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Newcastle to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $850
Flights from Newcastle to Mackay via Brisbane, Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Newcastle to Mackay via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9h 25m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Newcastle to Mackay via Brisbane, Townsville
Ave. Duration
10h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Moranbah via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Moranbah via Port Macquarie, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Moranbah via Coffs Harbour, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Moranbah via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$280 - $850
Flights from Sydney to Moranbah via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $480
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $480
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Flights from Newcastle to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Newcastle to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$430 - $1,200
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
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
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
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
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $100
Website
NSW TrainLink Train
TRANSLink QLD
Phone
13 12 30
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Central station, platform 3 to Cooroy station, platform 1
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
TRANSLink QLD
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
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$35 - $45
Premium
$35 - $50
Advantage
$35 - $45
Bus from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
17h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $250
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$140 - $190
Premium
$180 - $250
Advantage
$190 - $230
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
28h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$130 - $160
Premium
$160 - $220
Advantage
$170 - $200
Bus from Cooroy to Mackay
Ave. Duration
14h 55m
Frequency
Once 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
17h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
17h 20m
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 20m and has one stopover.

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Sydney to Mackay bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, 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 1734 km. It takes approximately 21h 1m to drive from Sydney to Mackay.

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

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There are 105+ hotels available in Mackay. 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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