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How to get from Gold Coast Airport to Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a famous coastal town located in northeastern New South Wales and is only a short 66.6 km away from Gold Coast airport. It is praised for its turquoise seas, thick rainforest, vibrant food scene, lovely locals, and breathtaking marine life, bringing in millions of visitors a year.

So when travelling from Gold Coast airport to Byron Bay, you have two transportation options; you can either take a taxi or a private transfer, or you can take a bus. Choosing to take a Gold Coast taxi is the fastest and most comfortable travel option, taking only 45 minutes to get from point A to point B. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Gold Coast airport to Byron Bay. Buses are direct, however, they take just over 2 hours to reach the city centre.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €64 45min 24/7
Bus €48 120min 08:15–16:00

How to get from Gold Coast Airport to Byron Bay by taxi

Taking a taxi from Gold Coast airport to Byron Bay is the fastest and most convenient way to travel. Taxis provide 24/7 door-to-door transportation in the comfort of a private vehicle, taking only 45 minutes to reach your Byron Bay hotel.

Taxi fare from Gold Coast Airport to Byron Bay

Gold Coast taxis calculate their fares using a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled. Various factors can alter your end fare, such as the time of day you are travelling on, travelling from or to the airport, and encountering any tolls on the way.

Your Gold Coast to Byron Bay transfer will cost around €64 (AUD 95) during the day and €84 (AUD 125) at night, excluding the airport surcharge of €2 (AUD 3.10).

Cost

€64 (AUD 95)

Trip Duration

45 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Gold Coast International Airport (OOL)

Where do I get it from?

You can find the official airport taxi rank located at the southern end of the Gold Coast airport terminal, outside the domestic arrivals area.

Convenience

Whilst being a more expensive travel option, taxis offer the convenience and safety public transportation cannot. Knowing that you can jump into a Gold Coast cab and enjoy the 45-minute ride to Byron Bay city centre is priceless.

However, as Gold Coast taxi prices vary depending on several factors, it is highly recommended to pre-book a private transfer at a fixed rate.

Editor’s Note

Gold Coast taxis accept bank card and cash payments, however, you might be subjected to a credit card transaction fee of 5%.

Useful Tips

It is important to know that an airport toll fee of €2 (AUD 3.10) will need to be paid by the passenger when leaving Gold Coast International Airport.
Tipping is not common but it is always appreciated. Most travellers round up to their end fare or leave a 10% tip.
Make sure that the taximeter has been turned on, reset and that the correct tariff has been applied, before starting your trip.

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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Gold coast. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

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Prices

DAYTIME
€86.0
NIGHTTIME
€102.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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How to get from Gold Coast Airport to Byron Bay by bus

A cost-savvy alternative to taking a taxi is taking a bus from Gold Coast airport to Byron Bay. Two bus companies run this route, the Byron Bay Express and the Byron Bay Shuttle. Both take around 2 hours to reach the Interchange Station.

How much is a bus ticket from Gold Coast Airport to Byron Bay?

A one-way ticket from Gold Coast airport to Byron Bay costs €24 (AUD 35) and €44 (AUD 65) return for both shuttle companies.

It is good to know that the bus companies offer discounted rates for children (4-13) for the price of €16.70 (AUD 25) and €30 (AUD45) for a return.

Cost

€24 (AUD 35)

Trip Duration

2 hours

Both Gold Coast airport shuttle buses run four times a day.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Byron Bay Express operates daily from 08:30 to 14:35 and the Byron Bay Shuttle operates from 08:15 to 16:00.

Where do I get it from?

All shuttle bus drivers meet the travellers outside the airport’s arrival exit doors. They will be holding a sign with the company name on it. Your driver will then drop you off at your designated or agreed pick-up point in Byron Bay.

Convenience

Taking the Gold Coast airport to Byron Bay shuttle is a great travel option as they are a cost-savvy and direct way to get to your hotel. However, there are only four shuttles a day, and the last shuttle leaves OOL airport at 16:00.

Moreover, if you are travelling in a group of 3 people or more, taking a taxi would be more cost-effective than a shuttle.

Editor’s Note

Please note that infants travel for free and Seniors (66+) are offered discounted rates of €20 (AUD 30) and €36.70 (AUD 55) for a return ticket.

Useful Tips

It is important to know that the airport shuttle needs to be booked in advance.
The shuttle vehicles are comfortable, fully air-conditioned and offer great luggage storage space.
Additional bus trips are added during peak times of the year.

Frequently asked questions

What is the distance from Gold Coast airport to Byron Bay?

Byron Bay is located  66.6 km away from Gold Coast International Airport; it takes 45 minutes to reach by car or by taxi.

How can you get to Gold Coast airport from Byron Bay?

There are two different travel options to get from Gold Coast airport to Byron Bay; you can take a taxi or private transport, which takes 45 minutes, or a private airport shuttle bus that takes around 2 hours.

Can you take a bus from Gold Coast airport to Byron Bay?

Two private shuttles run daily from OOL airport to Byron Bay. They take around 2 hours to reach the city centre for the price of €24 (AUD 35).

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