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How to get from Sunshine Coast Airport to Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba is a picturesque coastal suburb in Maroochydore. This small town is the perfect beach vacation spot, with its many souvenir shops, boutique cafes, campgrounds, stunning beaches and quaint bookshops. 

There are two different ways to get from Sunshine Coast airport to Mooloolaba; taking a taxi or bus. The Sunshine Coast airport taxis take just 12 minutes to reach Mooloolaba and cost around €30 (AUD 40). Whereas the public buses cost just €3.80 (AUD 5.70) one-way, although keep in mind, they aren’t direct, so they can take up to 1 hour, excluding waiting times.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €30 12min 24/7
Bus €7.60 60min 05:55–18:53

How to get from Sunshine Coast Airport to Mooloolaba by taxi

The most reliable and comfortable way to travel from Maroochydore airport to Mooloolaba is by taxi. The cost will be around €30 (AUD 40) and the travel time in a Sunshine Coast airport taxi is just 12 minutes, making it the fastest transfer option.

Cost of a taxi from Maroochydore Airport to Mooloolaba

The local taxi drivers don’t offer a flat-rate fare from Sunshine Coast airport to Mooloolaba. Instead, your fare will be priced based on things like the number of passengers travelling and the total travel time. Having said this, the average cost for this journey is around €30 (AUD 40).

If you’d prefer a set-rate fare so you can budget your trip before you arrive, we suggest booking your Sunshine Coast airport transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

€30 (AUD 40)

Trip Duration

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Sunshine Coast Airport.

Where do I find a taxi at Sunshine Coast airport?

The designated taxi rank is located just outside of the arrivals hall exit doors at Sunshine Coast airport. You won’t be able to miss the long line of taxis waiting to pick up passengers.

Convenience

If you’re looking for a fast and comfortable ride from Maroochydore airport to Mooloolaba, then taking a taxi is the option for you. You won’t need to wait around for your ride and you can make your way directly to the door of your hotel in Mooloolaba in just 12 minutes.

Editor’s Note

If you're travelling in a group, I recommend taking a taxi and splitting the fare. This will give you the convenience of a taxi transfer, but with a great cost per person, even compared to the public transfer options.

Useful Tips

A Sunshine Coast airport taxi can take up to 4 people as standard.
There's space in the trunk for a couple of large suitcases, these can be transported for free.
Ensure your driver resets the taximeter before getting into the taxi or beginning your journey.

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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 Sunshine 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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Prices

DAYTIME
€65.0
NIGHTTIME
€78.0
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 Sunshine Coast Airport to Mooloolaba by bus

There’s no direct bus that runs from Sunshine Coast airport to Mooloolaba. However, TransLink does provide a connecting bus that will get you there via Maroochydore Station. First, you will need to take the 622 bus to Maroochydore station and then take the 600 bus from there to Mooloolaba. Because of this transfer, the total journey time is around 1 hour, not including potential waiting times.

How much is the bus from Maroochydore Airport to Mooloolaba?

The cost of a one-way ticket on the 622 bus from the airport to Maroochydore Station is €1.80 (AUD 2.70). Then, the cost of a ticket on the 600 bus from there into Mooloolaba is €2 (AUD 3). Giving a total journey cost of €3.80 (AUD 5.70).

Cost

€3.80 (AUD 5.70)

Trip Duration

*There's a waiting time of up to an hour for the 622 bus and 30 minutes for the 600 bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The 622 bus runs from 05:55 to 18:53 and the 600 bus is available from 06:10 to 03:10.

Where do I find the bus from Sunshine Coast airport to Mooloolaba?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a direct bus from Sunshine Coast airport to Mooloolaba. You will first need to take the 622 bus from the airport to Maroochydore, which can be found to the right of the terminal exit doors, and then take the 600 bus from there to Mooloolaba, which can be found at Platform 1 in Maroochydore Station.

Convenience

As there’s no direct bus that runs from Maroochydore Airport to Mooloolaba, this isn’t a very convenient transfer option. You will need to wait for up to an hour for the bus and carry your luggage through multiple bus stations. Plus, once you reach Mooloolaba, you may need to find yet another mode of transport to get to your hotel.

Editor’s Note

Although a cheap transfer option, taking the bus is slow and can be stressful. If you have the means, I highly recommend taking a taxi or private vehicle for your transfer to Mooloolaba.

Useful Tips

Be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the bus departs to get a seat.
Ensure you are getting on the 600 bus travelling South, not North.
There's very limited storage space on the bus, so travel light.

Frequently asked questions

What is the distance from Sunshine Coast airport to Mooloolaba?

The distance from Sunshine Coast Airport to Mooloolaba is 15 km. Taking a Sunshine Coast airport taxi shouldn’t take longer than 12 minutes to get there, but taking the public 622 and 600 buses will take around 60 minutes to reach Mooloolaba, as they aren’t direct. 

What’s the cost of a taxi from Sunshine Coast airport to Mooloolaba?

The local taxis at Maroochydore airport don’t offer flat-rate fares. There are a few factors that will be taken into account when calculating your fare, including the time taken, but the average cost is around €30 (AUD 40). If you’d prefer a set-rate fare you can rely on, we highly recommend booking your Sunshine Coast Airport transfer with a trusted company like Welcome Pickups. 

How do I get from Sunshine Coast airport to Mooloolaba?

There are two ways to get from Sunshine Coast Airport to Mooloolaba, taxi or bus. Taking a Sunshine Coast airport taxi is the quickest option as it takes just 13 minutes, but it does cost around €30 (AUD 40). Taking the public bus is much slower, as there isn’t a direct bus line, at 60 minutes total travel time. However, the cost for the two buses needed from the airport to Mooloolaba is just €3.80 (AUD 5.70). 

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