Coolangatta Airport to Byron Bay Express Bus Service

Regular EXPRESS shuttle bus service between Gold Coast (Coolangatta) Airport and Byron Bay.

Fast. Efficient. Affordable. Get on board!

Byron Bay Express Timetable

 If you are planning to travel between October - April (summer), please note that we operate across two different states and two different time zones. During DAYLIGHT SAVINGS, there is a one hour time difference between QLD & NSW.

- DAYLIGHT SAVINGS runs from October 06, 2024 to April 05, 2025
- Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast / Coolangatta Airport (OOL) are in Queensland (QLD)
- Byron Bay is in New South Wales (NSW). All times are displayed in local state times.  

daily Timetable







(7 April 2024 - 5 Oct 2024)

(6 Oct 2024 - 5 April 2025)


9:00am (QLD)

9:50am (NSW)

10:50am (NSW)

9:30am (QLD)

10:10am (QLD)

11:00am (NSW)

12:00pm (NSW)

12:00pm (QLD)

12:45pm (QLD)

1:35pm (NSW)

2:35pm (NSW)

2:00pm (QLD)

2:40pm (QLD)

3:30pm (NSW)

4:30pm (NSW)


Byron Bay (NSW Time)


Gold Coast Airport (QLD Time)


Surfers Paradise (QLD Time)

(7 April 2024 - 5 Oct 2024)

(6 Oct 2024 -
5 Apr 2025)

10:00am (NSW)

11:00am (NSW)

10:50am (QLD)

11:30am (QLD)

11:30am (NSW)

12:30pm (NSW)

12:20pm (QLD)

1:00pm (QLD)

2:00pm (NSW)

3:00pm (NSW)

2:50pm (QLD)


4:00pm (NSW)

5:00pm (NSW)

4:50pm (QLD)

5:30pm (QLD)

Winter *EST: Eastern Standard Time (7 April 2024 - 5 October 2024)
Summer *DST: Daylight Standard Time (NSW only: 6 Oct 2024 - 5 April 2025) 

All bookings can be made directly through our website. For last minute bookings (within 15 minutes before departure time), please call our office on 0418 364 364 to book over the phone. 

Are you flying into Coolangatta Airport, Gold Coast?

Looking for the quickest and most hassle-free way to get to Byron Bay, all for the best price?

There are a number of ways to travel quickly from the airport and into the heart of Byron Bay, but none offer the same regular, fast service as Byron Bay Express. Our buses and routes are designed so you can travel in comfort while we get you where you need to be, fast.

Coolangatta to Byron Bay

Bus from Coolangatta Airport to Byron Bay

The Gold Coast’s airport is an international Australian airport situated at the southern end of the Gold Coast, approximately 90 km south of Brisbane’s CBD. The entrance to the airport is located in the suburb of Bilinga, near Coolangatta.

The drive from the airport to the heart of Byron Bay usually takes somewhere in the region of 50 minutes.

Coolangatta Airport Info

Gold Coast Airport

Bus from Coolangatta to Byron Bay

Coolangatta Airport Bus Pickup & Drop-off Location

At the airport we’ll meet you at the easy-to-find Coach Transit Centre, at the Northern end of the small terminal building.

View Airport Map

In Byron Bay we’ll drop you off at the Byron Bay Bus Interchange on Butler Street, a convenient location right in the heart of the town.  We can also drop off and pick up at the Shirley Street Bus Shelter located on the corner of Milton and Shirley streets.

View Byron Bay Pickup Location

How do I book?

Online booking is easy and instant. Simply find a time that suits on the Coolangatta Airport to Byron Bay timetable (always keeping in mind the estimated 50 minutes it takes to travel between the two), and follow the prompts online to check availability and book your seat.

While it is possible to turn up without a booking, we’ll always do our best to find you a seat on the next available service. However, we highly recommend booking your journey in advance to avoid disappointment and a lengthier than necessary wait.

What happens next?

On arrival, make your way to the designated pick-up point at either Coolangatta Airport or Byron Bay, where one of our friendly drivers – each with a wealth of local knowledge – will be there to greet you, assist you on-board, and answer any questions you may have.

Fast. Efficient. Affordable. Get on Board!

Catching a bus from Byron Bay to Coolangatta Airport?

If price, comfort, speed and reliability are important to you, consider Byron Bay Express your ideal choice. While other ways exist to get you quickly from the bustling centre of Byron Bay to Coolangatta Airport, you won’t find another provider that offers the same regular, fast and dependable service.

Byron Bay to Coolangatta

Travelling from Coolangatta Airport to Byron Bay or visa versa? Why a shuttle bus service is your best option!

From the various options for getting you to your destination quickly, safely, on-time and affordably, there really is only one clear choice.

Other express bus services make more frequent stops, adding to the length of the journey.

An alternative is to book an Uber or Taxi, which would work out to be much more expensive, and probably just as long of a trip.

Our Service

As an Australian-owned and operated family business, for the past fifteen years we have been transporting happy travelers between beautiful Byron Bay and its closest airport at Coolangatta.

Safety has always been our number one priority, alongside a prompt and timely service. We know travelling to and from your destination can be stressful, but we’re here to make it as easy as possible.

Each of our experienced and highly-competent drivers also adopt a friendly and approachable demeanor.

They’re happy to tell you anything you want to know about the local area, from the best beach spots, to the best places to enjoy dinner or drinks. We’re here to make sure your trip gets off to the very best start, or ends in the most hassle-free way.

Byron Bay Pick Up

Byron Bay to Coolangatta Airport Pick up and Drop off locations

In Byron Bay we’ll pick you up from the Byron Bay Bus Interchange on Butler Street.  We can also pick up and drop off at the Shirley Street Bus Shelter located on the corner of Milton and Shirley streets.

View Byron Bay Pickup Location

At the airport we’ll drop you off at the easy-to-find Coach Transit Centre, at the Northern end of the small terminal building.

View Airport Map

About Our Buses

We use Toyota Coaster and Toyota HiAce buses as they are, in our opinion, designed for ultimate safety and comfort.

Their high roofs and generous legroom ensure a comfortable drive, even when the vehicle is at capacity and loaded with luggage.

At any one time we have three modern, fully-air-conditioned buses in operation along this route. Pick up times are planned to coincide with arriving and departing flights, and the number of trips varies depending on the time of year.

Additional services run during peak periods including school holidays, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Schoolies, and more.

We operate 364 days of the year (apart from Christmas Day). Charters are available on request.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How safe is it to travel right now?

All drivers are required tot have completed an industry COVID-19 hygiene course, while the vehicles themselves are meticulously and thoroughly cleaned and sanitised in accordance with all official government guidelines. Hand sanitizer is also made available to all passengers.

Medical advice recommends face masks should remain in use in indoor settings where physical distancing is hard to maintain, which would include our buses and all other methods of public transport.

Do your buses have seat belts?

Yes. The safety and comfort of passengers is our number one concern. For that reason, all of our shuttle buses are fitted with seat belts.

What can you bring on the bus?

There are no specific restrictions on what you can bring onto the bus with you, with the exception of pets. Our spacious vehicles have enough room for large amounts of luggage per guest, even bigger items such as bikes and surf boards. And while other transport services tend to charge for what they consider ‘excess baggage’ our philosophy is if it fits, load it on!

Having said that, prior arrangements do need to be made if a passenger has more than two items of luggage larger than the size of a standard suitcase or backpack, more than one surfboard, or if the surfboard is longer than eight feet in length.

What is the capacity of your buses?

Our larger buses can seat up to 20 passengers, while our smaller vehicles are built for groups no larger than 13.

Where do I meet the bus at the airport?

We’ll meet you at the easy-to-find Coach Transit Centre, at the Northern end of the small terminal building. For those who prefer to visualise in advance, a map of the area can be found by clicking here

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What happens if I miss my flight or my flight is delayed?

In the first instance, our advice when booking your flights and transfer is that you leave yourself a decent enough window of time to disembark, retrieve your luggage and find the designated pick-up point. Don’t just give yourself a 20-minute window! However, if all else fails and you do miss your pick-up time, we will do all we can to ensure you are found a spot on the next available service.

Equally, when travelling from Byron Bay to the airport, make sure you build in enough time to clear check-in and security, keeping in mind there may be queues.

I’m coming to Byron Bay to surf. Will you charge me extra for transporting my surf board?

We are one of the few service providers that does not charge additional fees for larger items of ‘excess baggage’. Rest assured, your surf board can travel for free!

How long does the shuttle bus take from Byron Bay to the airport?

The shuttle bus from Byron Bay to Coolangatta Airport takes approximately 50 minutes, depending on traffic.

Fast. Efficient. Affordable. Get on Board!