How to travel from Ballina to Noosa Heads, Australia

The distance between Ballina and Noosa Heads is around 324km (201 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to drive which takes around 3h 35m.

5 routes found

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

👋 Also check out Noosa HeadsBallina if you're planning a return trip.

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Take the bus to Brisbane and then to Noosa Junction.

  • Duration5h 15m
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$52($35)
Operated by

Premier Motor Service

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Plane, Train and Bus

Fly from Ballina (BNK) to Brisbane (BNE) then take the train to Nambour station platform 1 then take the bus to Sunshine Beach Rd at Noosa Plaza.

  • Duration5h 60m
  • Flight time2h 50m
  • Typical cost
    A$490($330)
Operated by

Multiple operators

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Bus and Train

Take the bus to Brisbane then take the train to Nambour station platform 1 then take the bus to Sunshine Beach Rd at Noosa Plaza.

  • Duration8h 15m
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$51($34)
Operated by

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Drive

Drive to Noosa Heads.

  • Duration3h 35m
  • Distance324km (201 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Ballina and Noosa Heads

There are several options for getting from Ballina to Noosa Heads by bus, train, car and plane. The cheapest option is to take the bus and then take the train which costs around A$51 ($34) and will take around 8h 15m. If you need to get there more quickly, you can drive and arrive in approximately 3h 35m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$62 ($42).

The distance between Ballina and Noosa Heads is around 324km (201 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 278km (173 miles)

It takes around 5h 15m to get from Ballina and Noosa Heads by bus. If you are travelling by car it will take around 3h 35m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Ballina to Noosa Heads is to drive which takes around 3h 35m and will set you back approx A$62 ($42).

The cheapest way to travel between Ballina and Noosa Heads, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus and then take the train which will typically cost around A$51 ($34) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Ballina and Noosa Heads. We recommend that you drive to Noosa Heads. instead which will take 3h 35m.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Ballina and Noosa Heads. It typically takes around 5h 15m and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Ballina to Noosa Heads. 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 5h 15m.

NSW TrainLink, Brisbane 2 Byron Express Bus, Premier Motor Service and Greyhound Australia run regular bus services between Ballina and Noosa Heads. Buses run once daily and take around 5h 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 Noosa Heads. We recommend that you fly from Ballina (BNK) to Brisbane (BNE) then take the train to Nambour station platform 1 then take the bus to Sunshine Beach Rd at Noosa Plaza. instead which will take 5h 60m.

The closest major airport to Noosa Heads is Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY) (MCY) which is approximately 23km (14 miles) from Noosa Heads. 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 Ballina and Noosa Heads. The distance is around 324km (201 miles) by road and it will take around 3h 35m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Ballina to Noosa Heads is to take the bus which takes, on average, 5h 15m and will usually cost around A$52 ($35).

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Compare travel optionsbetween Ballina and Noosa Heads

Transport options from Ballina to Noosa Heads
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Bus + 1 similar
5h 15m
A$52($35)
once daily357km (222 miles)
Bus via Brisbane8h 20m
A$68($46)
once daily377km (234 miles)
Plane, Train and Bus
5h 60m
A$490($330)
hourly1,525km (947 miles)
Bus and Train
8h 15m
A$51($34)
once daily367km (228 miles)
Drive
3h 35m
A$62($42)
on demand324km (201 miles)

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Airports near Noosa Heads

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

MCY
Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY)
Domestic Airport
Distance
23km (14 miles) from Noosa Heads
BNE
Brisbane Airport (BNE)
International Airport
Distance
112km (69 miles) from Noosa Heads
HVB
Hervey Bay Airport (HVB)
Domestic Airport
Distance
122km (76 miles) from Noosa Heads