How to travel from Ballina to Airlie Beach, Australia

The distance between Ballina and Airlie Beach is around 1,139km (708 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to take the bus and then fly which takes around 7h 10m.

5 routes found

We've found 5 different ways to get from Ballina to Airlie Beach by bus, plane, train and car. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

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Bus and Plane

Take the bus to Brisbane International Airport then fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Hamilton Island (HTI).

  • Duration7h 10m
  • Flight time1h 50m
  • Typical cost
    A$540($365)
Operated by

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Bus

Take the bus to Brisbane and then to Airlie Beach.

  • Duration22h 35m
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$220($150)
Operated by

Premier Motor Service

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Bus and Train

Take the bus to Brisbane then take the train to Proserpine.

  • Duration18h 20m
  • Departs5 times a week
  • Typical cost
    A$155($105)
Operated by

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Drive

Drive to Airlie Beach.

  • Duration16h 45m
  • Distance1,287km (800 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Ballina and Airlie Beach

There are several options for getting from Ballina to Airlie Beach by bus, plane, train and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus and then take the train which costs around A$155 ($105) and will take around 18h 20m. If you need to get there more quickly, you can take the bus and then fly and arrive in approximately 7h 10m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$540 ($365).

The distance between Ballina and Airlie Beach is around 1,139km (708 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,074km (667 miles)

It takes around 7h 10m to get from Ballina and Airlie Beach by bus and plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 16h 45m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Ballina to Airlie Beach is to take the bus and then fly which takes around 7h 10m and will set you back approx A$540 ($365).

The cheapest way to travel between Ballina and Airlie Beach, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus and then take the train which will typically cost around A$155 ($105) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Ballina and Airlie Beach. We recommend that you take the bus to Brisbane International Airport then fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Hamilton Island (HTI). instead which will take 7h 10m.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Ballina and Airlie Beach. It typically takes around 22h 35m and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Ballina to Airlie Beach. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Byron Bay Interchange Stand B and Brisbane. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 22h 35m.

NSW TrainLink, Brisbane 2 Byron Express Bus, Premier Motor Service and Greyhound Australia run regular bus services between Ballina and Airlie Beach. Buses run once daily and take around 22h 35m on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

It doesn't look like you can fly directly from Ballina to Airlie Beach. We recommend that you take the bus to Brisbane International Airport then fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Hamilton Island (HTI). instead which will take 7h 10m.

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 Ballina and Airlie Beach. The distance is around 1,287km (800 miles) by road and it will take around 16h 45m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Ballina to Airlie Beach is to take the bus and then fly which takes, on average, 7h 10m and will usually cost around A$540 ($365).

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Compare travel optionsbetween Ballina and Airlie Beach

Transport options from Ballina to Airlie Beach
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Bus and Plane
7h 10m
A$540($365)
every 20 mins1,139km (708 miles)
Bus + 1 similar
22h 35m
A$220($150)
once daily1,542km (958 miles)
Bus via Brisbane1 day 1h
A$230($155)
once daily1,541km (957 miles)
Bus and Train
18h 20m
A$155($105)
5 times a week1,310km (814 miles)
Drive
16h 45m
A$245($165)
on demand1,287km (800 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