How to travel from Adelaide to Gold Coast, Australia

The distance between Adelaide and Gold Coast is around 1,633km (1,015 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 3h 20m.

6 routes found

We've found 6 different ways to get from Adelaide to Gold Coast by plane, train, bus and car. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

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Fly

Fly from Adelaide (ADL) to Gold Coast (OOL).

  • Duration3h 20m
  • Flight time2h 20m
  • Typical cost
    A$295($200)
Operated by

Virgin Australia

+ 2 others

1 similiar route

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3 x bus
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Bus

Take the bus to Albury then Sydney and then to Surfers Paradise.

  • Duration1 day 12h
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$400($270)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

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4 x train
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Train

Take the train to Mount Victoria, Strathfield Station then Brisbane and then to Helensvale station platform 1.

  • Duration1 day 15h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    A$545($365)
Operated by

Multiple train operators

1 similiar route

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car
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Drive

Drive to Gold Coast.

  • Duration22h 40m
  • Distance2,060km (1,280 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Adelaide and Gold Coast

There are several options for getting from Adelaide to Gold Coast by plane, train, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the train which costs around A$13 ($9) and will take around 2 days 10h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 3h 20m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$295 ($200).

The distance between Adelaide and Gold Coast is around 1,633km (1,015 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,600km (994 miles)

It takes around 3h 20m to get from Adelaide and Gold Coast by plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 22h 40m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Adelaide to Gold Coast is to fly which takes around 3h 20m and will set you back approx A$295 ($200).

The cheapest way to travel between Adelaide and Gold Coast, if you exclude driving, is to take the train which will typically cost around A$13 ($9) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

Yes there is a train service that runs between Adelaide and Gold Coast. It typically takes around 1 day 15h and departs once a week.

There are no direct train services that runs from Adelaide to Gold Coast. However, you can instead can take several connecting trains with a changeover in Mount Victoria, Strathfield Station, Brisbane and Helensvale station platform 1. These services run once a week and will take a minimum of 1 day 15h.

Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific, Transport NSW, NSW TrainLink, TRANSLink QLD and Great Southern run train services between Adelaide and Gold Coast. Trains depart once a week and will take around 1 day 15h, however, this may vary depending on the particular service and whether it runs express or stops all stations.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Adelaide and Gold Coast. It typically takes around 1 day 12h and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Adelaide to Gold Coast. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Albury and Sydney. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 1 day 12h.

V-Line, Greyhound Australia and Firefly Express run regular bus services between Adelaide and Gold Coast. Buses run once daily and take around 1 day 12h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Adelaide and Gold Coast. Flights depart from Adelaide (ADL) and arrive at Gold Coast (OOL). The flight takes around 2h 20m.

Yes there is a direct flight between Adelaide and Gold Coast with no stop-overs required. Flights typically take around 2h 20m.

Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Qantas fly between Adelaide and Gold Coast. Flights depart from Adelaide (ADL) and and arrive into Gold Coast (OOL). These flights usually take around 2h 20m.

The flight from Adelaide to Gold Coast typically takes around 2h 20m. Flights depart from Adelaide (ADL) and and arrive into Gold Coast (OOL).

The closest major airport to Gold Coast is Gold Coast Airport (OOL) (OOL) which is approximately 21km (13 miles) from Gold Coast. Brisbane Airport (BNE) (BNE) and Ballina Byron Airport (BNK) (BNK) are also nearby and might be a better alternative airport depending on where you are flying from.

Drive yourself

Yes it is possible to drive from Adelaide and Gold Coast. The distance is around 2,060km (1,280 miles) by road and it will take around 22h 40m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Adelaide to Gold Coast is to fly which takes, on average, 3h 20m and will usually cost around A$295 ($200).

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Compare travel optionsbetween Adelaide and Gold Coast

Transport options from Adelaide to Gold Coast
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly + 1 similar
3h 20m
A$295($200)
hourly1,633km (1,015 miles)
Plane and Train4h 50m
A$220($145)
every 20 mins1,723km (1,071 miles)
Bus
1 day 12h
A$400($270)
once daily2,485km (1,544 miles)
Train + 1 similar
1 day 15h
A$545($365)
once a week2,732km (1,698 miles)
Train via Brisbane2 days 10h
A$13($9)
once a week2,701km (1,678 miles)
Drive
22h 40m
A$275($185)
on demand2,060km (1,280 miles)

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Airports near Gold Coast

The following major airports near Gold Coast offer regular flights to various popular destinations within Australia and internationally.

OOL
Gold Coast Airport (OOL)
International Airport
Distance
21km (13 miles) from Gold Coast
BNE
Brisbane Airport (BNE)
International Airport
Distance
73km (45 miles) from Gold Coast
BNK
Ballina Byron Airport (BNK)
Domestic Airport
Distance
94km (58 miles) from Gold Coast