How to travel from Alice Springs to Airlie Beach, Australia

The distance between Alice Springs and Airlie Beach is around 2,289km (1,422 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 6h 45m.

4 routes found

We've found 4 different ways to get from Alice Springs to Airlie Beach by plane, 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 Alice Springs (ASP) to Proserpine (PPP).

  • Duration6h 45m
  • Flight time5h 30m
  • Typical cost
    A$935($630)
Operated by

Qantas

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Bus

Take the bus to Adelaide, Albury, Sydney then Brisbane and then to Airlie Beach.

  • Duration3 days 5h
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$775($520)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

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Drive

Drive to Airlie Beach.

  • Duration24hrs
  • Distance2,289km (1,422 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Alice Springs and Airlie Beach

There are several options for getting from Alice Springs to Airlie Beach by plane, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around A$775 ($520) and will take around 3 days 5h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 6h 45m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$935 ($630).

The distance between Alice Springs and Airlie Beach is around 2,289km (1,422 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,576km (979 miles)

It takes around 6h 45m to get from Alice Springs and Airlie Beach by plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 24hrs to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Alice Springs to Airlie Beach is to fly which takes around 6h 45m and will set you back approx A$935 ($630).

The cheapest way to travel between Alice Springs and Airlie Beach, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around A$775 ($520) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Alice Springs and Airlie Beach. We recommend that you fly from Alice Springs (ASP) to Proserpine (PPP). instead which will take 6h 45m.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Alice Springs and Airlie Beach. It typically takes around 3 days 5h and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Alice Springs to Airlie Beach. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Adelaide, Albury, Sydney, Brisbane and Roma Street busway station. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 3 days 5h.

Greyhound Australia, V/Line, Firefly Express and Premier Motor Service run regular bus services between Alice Springs and Airlie Beach. Buses run once daily and take around 3 days 5h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Alice Springs and Airlie Beach. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and arrive at Proserpine (PPP) - via Melbourne (MEL). The flight takes around 5h 30m.

There is no direct flight from Alice Springs to Airlie Beach. There is however a flight that goes via Melbourne (MEL). This services will take at least 6h 45m (not including layover time).

The flight from Alice Springs to Airlie Beach typically takes around 5h 30m. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and and arrive into Proserpine (PPP).

The closest major airport to Airlie Beach is Hamilton Island Airport (HTI) (HTI) which is approximately 26km (16 miles) from Airlie Beach. Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP) (PPP) and Cairns Airport (CNS) (CNS) 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 Alice Springs and Airlie Beach. The distance is around 2,289km (1,422 miles) by road and it will take around 24hrs in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Alice Springs to Airlie Beach is to fly which takes, on average, 6h 45m and will usually cost around A$935 ($630).

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Compare travel optionsbetween Alice Springs and Airlie Beach

Transport options from Alice Springs to Airlie Beach
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly + 1 similar
6h 45m
A$935($630)
on demand3,860km (2,398 miles)
Fly to Hamilton Island (HTI)7hrs
A$840($565)
every 3 hours3,876km (2,408 miles)
Bus
3 days 5h
A$775($520)
once daily5,422km (3,369 miles)
Drive
24hrs
A$435($290)
on demand2,289km (1,422 miles)

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Airports near Airlie Beach

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

HTI
Hamilton Island Airport (HTI)
Domestic Airport
Distance
26km (16 miles) from Airlie Beach
PPP
Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP)
Domestic Airport
Distance
30km (18 miles) from Airlie Beach
CNS
Cairns Airport (CNS)
International Airport
Distance
490km (305 miles) from Airlie Beach