Mackay to Airlie Beach Bus

Mackay to Airlie Beach

Mackay to Airlie Beach Bus

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Cheapest Price $40
Daily Buses 3
Trip Duration 2h
Earliest Bus 3:55 AM
Latest Bus 7:50 AM


Air Conditioning Air Conditioning Reclining Seats Reclining Seats On Board Restroom On-board Restroom
Reading Lights Free WiFi Free WiFi USB Chargers Panoramic Windows Panoramic Windows

Travel between Mackay and Airlie Beach in a convenient and comfortable Greyhound coach from just $40.

Our coaches stop in the heart of Mackay and Airlie Beach, eliminating the need for a transfer. Prefer aisle or window seats? There’s no need to queue – simply reserve your favourite spot with our seat selection feature.

You can unlock even more benefits, as well as exclusive offers and deals, by joining our Greyhound Rewards program. When you join, every ticket purchased on our network will earn you G-Dollars, which you can redeem on your very next trip or save up for a special occasion. The choice is yours!

Book your trip now to experience modern coach travel at its best!


Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, and serving as the gateway to the famed Whitsunday Islands, Airlie Beach is a small town where you can go on a big adventure. Boats, planes, jet skis, kayaks and more – there are activities here to suit every pace. Of course, you can also just lie back and relax in the soft white sands and pristine waters of the beaches, bays and islands that surround this tropical paradise.

Often referred to as the sugar capital of Australia, Mackay is becoming as well known for its attractions as it is for its agriculture.

The Harbour Beach is a favourite with locals and visitors alike, while the Bluewater Trail Project – a 20 kilometre stretch of pedestrian paths and bikeways – links several popular attractions around the city, including the Bluewater Lagoon, Bluewater Quay and Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

Mackay is also a great base to explore the nearby Eungella and Cape Hillsborough National Parks, popular fishing spot St Bees Island, and luxe resort destination Brampton Island.

A two-hour trip from Mackay on a Greyhound bus (with a stop at prosperous Proserpine along the way) will take you to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the tropical Whitsunday Islands!

The perfect mainland base for a Great Barrier Reef holiday, Airlie Beach is surrounded by rich green forests and dazzling turquoise waters. With over 70 beaches, bays and islands on offer, you can choose your own adventure – you only need to decide whether you want to sail, jet ski, dive or sunbathe.

Aboard the bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach, you can kick back and relax in your reclining leather seat with free WiFi, in-seat USB charger and panoramic windows while our skilled Coach Captain does the driving.

Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, there’s no more comfortable and convenient way to travel from Mackay to Airlie Beach than a Greyhound bus.


Where do buses depart from in Mackay and Airlie Beach?

In Mackay, buses depart from Bus Stop, 30 Victoria St, Mackay QLD. In Airlie Beach, buses arrive at Transit Terminal, 26 The Cove Rd, Airlie Beach QLD.

What amenities can I expect on the bus?

All our buses come with free WiFi, USB chargers, air-conditioning, reclining leather seats, and a restroom.

How long does it take to get from Mackay to Airlie Beach?

The bus trip from Mackay to Airlie Beach takes approximately 2h. For the most up-to-date timetable please use the 'Timetables' tab in the form at the top of the page.

How much is a bus ticket from Mackay to Airlie Beach?

Tickets from Mackay to Airlie Beach start at $40. All our bus fares come in three tiers – Early Bird, Advantage and Flexible – with prices varying based on how far in advance you are making a booking. You can find the most up-to-date price for your trip by using the booking form above or by calling our customer service team during business hours on 1300 473 946. For more information on different types of available fares visit our Compare Fares page.

Where can I buy a ticket?

The easiest and cheapest way to buy a bus ticket for your Mackay to Airlie Beach trip is to book directly on our website. Your ticket is then saved in your My Greyhound account where you can manage your booking, and simply show an electronic copy of your ticket on your phone to the bus driver when you board. You can also book your trips on the phone by contacting our friendly customer service on 1300 473 946, at our ticket outlets/travel agencies, or directly with the bus driver*.

*Please note that all bookings made through our call centre, travel centres and tickets purchased directly from drivers will incur a booking fee of $5.​

**For more information see our FAQ page.


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