How to travel from Alice Springs to Mooloolaba, Australia

The distance between Alice Springs and Mooloolaba is around 2,111km (1,311 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly and then take the train which takes around 4h 50m.

5 routes found

We've found 5 different ways to get from Alice Springs to Mooloolaba 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 MooloolabaAlice Springs if you're planning a return trip.

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Fly

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

  • Duration5h 30m
  • Flight time4h 45m
  • Typical cost
    A$1,015($685)
Operated by

Qantas

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Bus

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

  • Duration2 days 9h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    A$540($360)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

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Drive

Drive to Mooloolaba.

  • Duration1 day 7h
  • Distance3,032km (1,884 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Alice Springs and Mooloolaba

There are several options for getting from Alice Springs to Mooloolaba by plane, train, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around A$540 ($360) 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 50m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$700 ($470).

The distance between Alice Springs and Mooloolaba is around 2,111km (1,311 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,961km (1,219 miles)

It takes around 4h 50m to get from Alice Springs and Mooloolaba 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 Mooloolaba is to fly and then take the train which takes around 4h 50m and will set you back approx A$700 ($470).

The cheapest way to travel between Alice Springs and Mooloolaba, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around A$540 ($360) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Alice Springs and Mooloolaba. 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 50m.

Bus travel

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

There are no direct bus services that runs from Alice Springs to Mooloolaba. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Adelaide, Albury, Liverpool, Strathfield Station Albert Rd Stand E and Brisbane. These services run once a week 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 Mooloolaba. Buses run once a week 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 Mooloolaba. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and arrive at Maroochydore (MCY) - via Melbourne (MEL). The flight takes around 4h 45m.

There is no direct flight from Alice Springs to Mooloolaba. There is however a flight that goes via Melbourne (MEL). This services will take at least 5h 30m (not including layover time).

The flight from Alice Springs to Mooloolaba typically takes around 4h 45m. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and and arrive into Maroochydore (MCY).

The closest major airport to Mooloolaba is Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY) (MCY) which is approximately 9km (6 miles) from Mooloolaba. Brisbane Airport (BNE) (BNE) and Hervey Bay Airport (HVB) (HVB) 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 Mooloolaba. The distance is around 3,032km (1,884 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 Mooloolaba is to fly and then take the train which takes, on average, 4h 50m and will usually cost around A$700 ($470).

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Compare travel optionsbetween Alice Springs and Mooloolaba

Transport options from Alice Springs to Mooloolaba
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly + 2 similar
5h 30m
A$1,015($685)
every 2 hours3,341km (2,076 miles)
Plane and Train4h 50m
A$700($470)
hourly2,111km (1,311 miles)
Plane and Bus7h 30m
A$1,070($720)
once daily3,402km (2,114 miles)
Bus
2 days 9h
A$540($360)
once a week4,048km (2,515 miles)
Drive
1 day 7h
A$570($385)
on demand3,032km (1,884 miles)

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Airports near Mooloolaba

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

MCY
Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY)
Domestic Airport
Distance
9km (6 miles) from Mooloolaba
BNE
Brisbane Airport (BNE)
International Airport
Distance
80km (50 miles) from Mooloolaba
HVB
Hervey Bay Airport (HVB)
Domestic Airport
Distance
154km (95 miles) from Mooloolaba