How to travel from Alice Springs to Caloundra, Australia

The distance between Alice Springs and Caloundra is around 2,082km (1,294 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly and then take the train which takes around 4h 45m.

4 routes found

We've found 4 different ways to get from Alice Springs to Caloundra by plane, train, bus and car. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

👋 Also check out CaloundraAlice Springs if you're planning a return trip.

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Fly

Fly from Alice Springs (ASP) to Maroochydore (MCY).

  • Duration5h 45m
  • Flight time4h 20m
  • Typical cost
    A$940($630)
Operated by

Qantas

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Bus

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

  • Duration2 days 9h
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$565($380)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

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Drive

Drive to Caloundra.

  • Duration1 day 7h
  • Distance3,025km (1,879 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Alice Springs and Caloundra

There are several options for getting from Alice Springs to Caloundra by plane, train, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around A$565 ($380) and will take around 2 days 9h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and then take the train and arrive in approximately 4h 45m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$650 ($440).

The distance between Alice Springs and Caloundra is around 2,082km (1,294 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,965km (1,221 miles)

It takes around 4h 45m to get from Alice Springs and Caloundra by plane and train. If you are travelling by car it will take around 1 day 7h to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Alice Springs to Caloundra is to fly and then take the train which takes around 4h 45m and will set you back approx A$650 ($440).

The cheapest way to travel between Alice Springs and Caloundra, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around A$565 ($380) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Alice Springs and Caloundra. We recommend that you fly from Alice Springs (ASP) to Brisbane (BNE) then take the train to Landsborough station platform 1. instead which will take 4h 45m.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Alice Springs and Caloundra. It typically takes around 2 days 9h and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Alice Springs to Caloundra. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Adelaide, Albury, Sydney, Brisbane and Mooloolaba. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 2 days 9h.

Greyhound Australia, V/Line, Firefly Express, NSW TrainLink and Premier Motor Service run regular bus services between Alice Springs and Caloundra. Buses run once daily and take around 2 days 9h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Alice Springs and Caloundra. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and arrive at Maroochydore (MCY) - via Sydney (SYD). The flight takes around 4h 20m.

There is no direct flight from Alice Springs to Caloundra. There is however a flight that goes via Sydney (SYD). This services will take at least 5h 45m (not including layover time).

The flight from Alice Springs to Caloundra typically takes around 4h 20m. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and and arrive into Maroochydore (MCY).

The closest major airport to Caloundra is Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY) (MCY) which is approximately 22km (14 miles) from Caloundra. Brisbane Airport (BNE) (BNE) and Gold Coast Airport (OOL) (OOL) 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 Caloundra. The distance is around 3,025km (1,879 miles) by road and it will take around 1 day 7h in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Alice Springs to Caloundra is to fly and then take the train which takes, on average, 4h 45m and will usually cost around A$650 ($440).

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Compare travel optionsbetween Alice Springs and Caloundra

Transport options from Alice Springs to Caloundra
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly + 1 similar
5h 45m
A$940($630)
every 2 hours2,902km (1,803 miles)
Plane and Train4h 45m
A$650($440)
hourly2,082km (1,294 miles)
Bus
2 days 9h
A$565($380)
once daily4,161km (2,586 miles)
Drive
1 day 7h
A$570($385)
on demand3,025km (1,879 miles)

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Airports near Caloundra

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

MCY
Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY)
Domestic Airport
Distance
22km (14 miles) from Caloundra
BNE
Brisbane Airport (BNE)
International Airport
Distance
67km (42 miles) from Caloundra
OOL
Gold Coast Airport (OOL)
International Airport
Distance
157km (97 miles) from Caloundra