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

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 Hervey Bay, bus  •  6 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Hervey Bay (HVB) SYD - HVB
  2. Take the bus from Hervey Bay - Torquay to Rainbow Beach

$151 - $351

Cheapest option

Fly to Brisbane, bus  •  8 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Brisbane (BNE) SYD - BNE
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane International Airport to Rainbow Beach

$79 - $372

6 alternative options

Fly to Maroochydore, bus  •  7 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Maroochydore (MCY) SYD - MCY
  2. Take the bus from Noosa Junction to Rainbow Beach

$87 - $334

Train, bus via Cooroy  •  20 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cooroy
  3. Take the bus from Cooroy to Rainbow Beach

$112 - $186

Train, bus  •  20 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach Gx440 / ...

$115 - $283

Bus  •  23 h

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street Gx243 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach Gx440 / ...

$104 - $287

Bus via Gympie Rd at Aspley South, stop 41  •  23 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street Gx243 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Rainbow Beach

$113 - $184

Drive  •  13 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Sydney to Rainbow Beach 722.7 miles

$100 - $150

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Rainbow Beach is to drive which costs $140 - $210 and takes 13 h 14 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Rainbow Beach is to fly and bus which costs $200 - $490 and takes 6 h 11 min.

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The distance between Sydney and Rainbow Beach is 904 km. The road distance is 1156.3 km.

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It takes approximately 6 h 11 min to get from Sydney to Rainbow Beach, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sydney to Rainbow Beach. However, there are services departing from Sydney and arriving at Rainbow Beach via Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23 h.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Rainbow Beach.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 564.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 11 min

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

You can take a bus from Sydney to Rainbow Beach via Brisbane Roma Street and Brisbane in around 23 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Hervey Bay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Maroochydore
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $700
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 Hervey Bay
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Maroochydore
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $380
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $310
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Maroochydore
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Train operators
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
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cooroy
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
TRANSLink QLD
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Roma Street, platform 9 to Cooroy, platform 1
Ave. Duration
2 h 24 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
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 Hervey Bay - Torquay to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $26
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$10 - $16
Flexifare
$18 - $26
Bus from Noosa Junction to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $26
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$11 - $16
Flexifare
$19 - $26
Bus from Brisbane International Airport to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $150
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$22 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $45
Bus from Cooroy to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $24
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$9 - $14
Flexifare
$17 - $24
Bus from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $150
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$22 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $45
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
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Noosa Heads Junction to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $22
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Rainbow Beach
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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