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There are 5 ways to get from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands by plane, train, bus or ferry

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 Hamilton Island  •  3 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Hamilton Island (HTI) SYD - HTI

$122 - $492

4 alternative options

Fly to Proserpine, travel  •  4 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Proserpine (PPP) SYD - PPP
  2. Travel from Proserpine to Whitsunday Islands

Train  •  30 h 5 min

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

$201 - $340

Bus  •  36 h 57 min

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

$176 - $295

Bus, ferry  •  41 h 31 min

  1. Take the bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Airlie Beach
  3. Take the ferry from Port of Airlie to Hamilton Island Marina

$264 - $370

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The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands is to fly which costs $170 - $700 and takes 3 h 54 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands is to fly which costs $170 - $700 and takes 3 h 54 min.

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The distance between Sydney and Whitsunday Islands is 1525 km.

The best way to get from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands without a car is to train which takes 30 h 5 min and costs $280 - $480.

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It takes approximately 3 h 54 min to get from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands is to fly which takes 3 h 54 min and costs $170 - $700. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $280 - $480 and takes 30 h 5 min, you could also bus, which costs $240 - $420 and takes 36 h 57 min.

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Hamilton Island Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 25 min.

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

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There are 225+ hotels available in Whitsunday Islands. Prices start at $92 USD 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 $17.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands.
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  • Distance: 953.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 54 min

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

Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia fly from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands via Brisbane, Brisbane Roma Street, and Proserpine in around 30 h 5 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $850
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 Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $800
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 25 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $600
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 - $130
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
14 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $210
Book at
Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$201
B-Quick
$111
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 Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
16 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$80 - $120
Flexifare
$95 - $140
Bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
18 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$95 - $160
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$95 - $140
Flexifare
$110 - $160
Premier Motor Service
Website
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 Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
19 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $130
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
19 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $170
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Ferry operators
Cruise Whitsundays

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