How to travel from Ballina to Gladstone, Australia

The distance between Ballina and Gladstone is around 638km (397 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to take the bus and then fly which takes around 4h 30m.

4 routes found

We've found 4 different ways to get from Ballina to Gladstone by bus, plane 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 Gold Coast Airport then fly from Gold Coast Airport to Gladstone Airport.

  • Duration4h 30m
  • Flight time2h 30m
  • Typical cost
    A$59($40)
Operated by

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Bus

Take the bus to Brisbane and then to Gladstone.

  • Duration14h 15m
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$140($95)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

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Drive

Drive to Gladstone.

  • Duration8h 40m
  • Distance701km (436 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Ballina and Gladstone

There are several options for getting from Ballina to Gladstone by bus, plane and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus and then fly which costs around A$59 ($40) and will take around 4h 30m.

The distance between Ballina and Gladstone is around 638km (397 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 604km (375 miles)

It takes around 4h 30m to get from Ballina and Gladstone by bus and plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 8h 40m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Ballina to Gladstone is to take the bus and then fly which takes around 4h 30m and will set you back approx A$59 ($40).

The cheapest way to travel between Ballina and Gladstone, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus and then fly which will typically cost around A$59 ($40) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Ballina and Gladstone. We recommend that you take the bus to Gold Coast Airport then fly from Gold Coast Airport to Gladstone Airport. instead which will take 4h 30m.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Ballina and Gladstone. It typically takes around 14h 15m and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Ballina to Gladstone. 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 14h 15m.

NSW TrainLink, Brisbane 2 Byron Express Bus, Premier Motor Service and Greyhound Australia run regular bus services between Ballina and Gladstone. Buses run once daily and take around 14h 15m 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 Gladstone. We recommend that you take the bus to Gold Coast Airport then fly from Gold Coast Airport to Gladstone Airport. instead which will take 4h 30m.

The closest major airport to Gladstone is Gladstone Airport (GLT) (GLT) which is approximately 5km (3 miles) from Gladstone. Rockhampton Airport (ROK) (ROK) and Brisbane Airport (BNE) (BNE) 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 Gladstone. The distance is around 701km (436 miles) by road and it will take around 8h 40m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Ballina to Gladstone is to take the bus and then fly which takes, on average, 4h 30m and will usually cost around A$59 ($40).

How do I get from Ballina to Gladstone

Compare travel optionsbetween Ballina and Gladstone

Transport options from Ballina to Gladstone
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Bus and Plane + 1 similar
4h 30m
A$59($40)
4 times a day638km (397 miles)
Bus to Brisbane International Airport, Fly5h 35m
A$340($230)
every 20 mins661km (411 miles)
Bus
14h 15m
A$140($95)
once daily929km (577 miles)
Drive
8h 40m
A$130($89)
on demand701km (436 miles)

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Airports near Gladstone

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

GLT
Gladstone Airport (GLT)
Domestic Airport
Distance
5km (3 miles) from Gladstone
ROK
Rockhampton Airport (ROK)
Domestic Airport
Distance
95km (59 miles) from Gladstone
BNE
Brisbane Airport (BNE)
International Airport
Distance
437km (272 miles) from Gladstone