How to travel from Alice Springs to Gold Coast, Australia

The distance between Alice Springs and Gold Coast is around 2,079km (1,292 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 5h 10m.

7 routes found

We've found 7 different ways to get from Alice Springs 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 Alice Springs (ASP) to Gold Coast (OOL).

  • Duration5h 10m
  • Flight time4h 15m
  • Typical cost
    A$440($295)
Operated by

Qantas

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1 similiar route

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Bus

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

  • Duration2 days 8h
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$670($450)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

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Train

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

  • Duration2 days 14h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    A$1,060($715)
Operated by

Multiple train operators

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Bus and Train

Take the bus to Adelaide then take the train to Brisbane and then to Helensvale station platform 1.

  • Duration3 days 6h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    A$280($190)
Operated by

Multiple operators

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Drive

Drive to Gold Coast.

  • Duration1 day 6h
  • Distance3,047km (1,893 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Alice Springs and Gold Coast

There are several options for getting from Alice Springs to Gold Coast by plane, train, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus and then take the train which costs around A$280 ($190) and will take around 3 days 6h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 5h 10m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$440 ($295).

The distance between Alice Springs and Gold Coast is around 2,079km (1,292 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 2,010km (1,249 miles)

It takes around 5h 15m to get from Alice Springs and Gold Coast by plane and train. If you are travelling by car it will take around 1 day 6h to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Alice Springs to Gold Coast is to fly which takes around 5h 10m and will set you back approx A$440 ($295).

The cheapest way to travel between Alice Springs and Gold Coast, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus and then take the train which will typically cost around A$280 ($190) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

Yes there is a train service that runs between Alice Springs and Gold Coast. It typically takes around 2 days 14h and departs once a week.

There are no direct train services that runs from Alice Springs to Gold Coast. However, you can instead can take several connecting trains with a changeover in Adelaide Parklands, Mount Victoria, Strathfield Station, Brisbane and Helensvale station platform 1. These services run once a week and will take a minimum of 2 days 14h.

Great Southern Rail - The Ghan, Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific, Transport NSW, NSW TrainLink, TRANSLink QLD and Great Southern run train services between Alice Springs and Gold Coast. Trains depart once a week and will take around 2 days 14h, 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 Alice Springs and Gold Coast. It typically takes around 2 days 8h and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Alice Springs to Gold Coast. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Adelaide, Albury and Sydney. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 2 days 8h.

Greyhound Australia, V-Line and Firefly Express run regular bus services between Alice Springs and Gold Coast. Buses run once daily and take around 2 days 8h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Alice Springs and Gold Coast. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and arrive at Gold Coast (OOL) - via Sydney (SYD). The flight takes around 4h 15m.

There is no direct flight from Alice Springs to Gold Coast. There is however a flight that goes via Sydney (SYD). This services will take at least 5h 10m (not including layover time).

The flight from Alice Springs to Gold Coast typically takes around 4h 15m. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) 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 Alice Springs and Gold Coast. The distance is around 3,047km (1,893 miles) by road and it will take around 1 day 6h in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Alice Springs to Gold Coast is to fly and then take the train which takes, on average, 5h 15m and will usually cost around A$720 ($485).

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Compare travel optionsbetween Alice Springs and Gold Coast

Transport options from Alice Springs to Gold Coast
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly + 1 similar
5h 10m
A$440($295)
hourly2,735km (1,700 miles)
Plane and Train5h 15m
A$720($485)
every 20 mins2,079km (1,292 miles)
Bus
2 days 8h
A$670($450)
once daily4,021km (2,499 miles)
Train + 1 similar
2 days 14h
A$1,060($715)
once a week4,289km (2,665 miles)
Train via Adelaide Parklands3 days 10h
A$535($360)
once a week4,262km (2,648 miles)
Bus and Train
3 days 6h
A$280($190)
once a week4,238km (2,634 miles)
Drive
1 day 6h
A$405($270)
on demand3,047km (1,893 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