How to travel from Ballina to Hervey Bay, Australia

The distance between Ballina and Hervey Bay is around 464km (288 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 3h 35m.

5 routes found

We've found 5 different ways to get from Ballina to Hervey Bay by bus, car and plane. 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 Ballina (BNK) to Hervey Bay (HVB).

  • Duration3h 35m
  • Flight time3h 10m
  • Typical cost
    A$520($350)
Operated byJetstar+ 1 others

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Bus

Take the bus to Brisbane and then to Maryborough.

  • Duration9h 30m
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$89($60)
Operated by

Premier Motor Service

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Drive

Drive to Hervey Bay.

  • Duration5h 30m
  • Distance471km (293 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Ballina and Hervey Bay

There are several options for getting from Ballina to Hervey Bay by bus, car and plane. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around A$89 ($60) and will take around 9h 30m. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 3h 35m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$520 ($350).

The distance between Ballina and Hervey Bay is around 464km (288 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 403km (250 miles)

It takes around 9h 30m to get from Ballina and Hervey Bay by bus. If you are travelling by car it will take around 5h 30m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Ballina to Hervey Bay is to fly which takes around 3h 35m and will set you back approx A$520 ($350).

The cheapest way to travel between Ballina and Hervey Bay, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around A$89 ($60) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Ballina and Hervey Bay. We recommend that you fly from Ballina (BNK) to Hervey Bay (HVB). instead which will take 3h 35m.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Ballina and Hervey Bay. It typically takes around 9h 30m and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Ballina to Hervey Bay. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Byron Bay Interchange Stand B, Brisbane and Maryborough. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 9h 30m.

NSW TrainLink, Brisbane 2 Byron Express Bus, Premier Motor Service and Greyhound Australia run regular bus services between Ballina and Hervey Bay. Buses run once daily and take around 9h 30m on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Ballina and Hervey Bay. Flights depart from Ballina (BNK) and arrive at Hervey Bay (HVB) - via Sydney (SYD). The flight takes around 3h 10m.

There is no direct flight from Ballina to Hervey Bay. There is however a flight that goes via Sydney (SYD). This services will take at least 3h 35m (not including layover time).

The flight from Ballina to Hervey Bay typically takes around 3h 10m. Flights depart from Ballina (BNK) and and arrive into Hervey Bay (HVB).

The closest major airport to Hervey Bay is Hervey Bay Airport (HVB) (HVB) which is approximately 4km (2 miles) from Hervey Bay. Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY) (MCY) 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 Hervey Bay. The distance is around 471km (293 miles) by road and it will take around 5h 30m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Ballina to Hervey Bay is to take the bus which takes, on average, 9h 30m and will usually cost around A$89 ($60).

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Compare travel optionsbetween Ballina and Hervey Bay

Transport options from Ballina to Hervey Bay
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly + 2 similar
3h 35m
A$520($350)
hourly1,603km (996 miles)
Bus and Plane5h 10m
A$445($300)
every 20 mins464km (288 miles)
Bus to Coffs Harbour, Fly6h 20m
A$720($485)
once daily822km (511 miles)
Bus
9h 30m
A$89($60)
once daily619km (385 miles)
Drive
5h 30m
A$89($60)
on demand471km (293 miles)

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Airports near Hervey Bay

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

HVB
Hervey Bay Airport (HVB)
Domestic Airport
Distance
4km (2 miles) from Hervey Bay
MCY
Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY)
Domestic Airport
Distance
147km (91 miles) from Hervey Bay
BNE
Brisbane Airport (BNE)
International Airport
Distance
235km (146 miles) from Hervey Bay