Mackay to Airlie Beach Bus

Mackay to Airlie Beach

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Mackay to Airlie Beach Bus

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Travel into the heart of the Great Barrier Reef from Mackay to Airlie Beach on a luxurious Greyhound bus!

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.

You can reserve your preferred window or aisle seat when you book your travel from Mackay to Airlie Beach with our seat selection feature, and you can stay updated with service delays and arrival times with our real-time coach tracker.

For even more benefits, discounts and special offers, you can hop aboard our Greyhound Rewards program. Every express ticket you buy will earn you G-Dollars, which you can choose to redeem on your very next trip, or save for a special adventure!

This is modern coach travel at its best. Book your ticket from Mackay to Airlie Beach today!


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Where do buses depart from in Mackay and Airlie Beach?

In Mackay, buses to Airlie Beach depart from the Caltex on the corner of Victoria Street and Tennyson Street. In Airlie Beach, buses to Mackay depart from the ‘Heart of the Reef’ Transit Terminal on The Cove Road.

What amenities can I expect on the bus?

All our buses between Airlie Beach & Mackay come with free WiFi, USB chargers, air-conditioning, reclining 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 two hours. For the most up-to-date timetables please visit the Timetables page.

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

All our bus fares come in three tiers – Early Bird, Advantage and Premium – 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 searching available trips online or by calling our customer service team 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.

What if my trip is disrupted by COVID?

In the event of COVID-related restrictions, cancellations, rescheduling, or border closures, you can rest easy knowing that Greyhound's COVID refund policy will allow you to choose between a refund, credit, or reschedule of your booked travel.

All passengers must adhere to local state and territory government requirements due to COVID-19. See Service Updates for latest information, and find out how to Travel Safe with Greyhound.

**For more information see our FAQ page.