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Public Transport Guide: Getting Around The Sunshine Coast Today

Last Updated: August 17, 2023
Sunshine Coast Public Transport

Public transport on the Sunshine Coast is an affordable and sustainable way to commute. Whether you are a resident heading to work and school or just visiting on vacation, we have a mix of public transport services that can take you where you need to go.

Sunbus

Sunshine Coast Bus

The Sunshine Coast has over 30 bus routes connecting communities along the coast with inland centres such as Landsborough, Nambour and Cooroy. Both Sunbus and Glasshouse Country Coaches, who also run regular services throughout Queensland, operate scheduled bus services.

Sunbus

Sunbus operates the vast majority of the bus services along the Sunshine Coast. Sunbus is Translink’s trusted transportation partner, proudly serving over 30 urban bus routes across the Sunshine Coast region. Since 1995, this high-frequency service has been available in Queensland.

A Sunbus can take you anywhere on the designated route system as long as it is deemed safe. There is no requirement to find a “bus station” as with most conventional public transport systems. The Sunbus personnel will strive to offer a high-quality service at an affordable rate that is a competitive alternative to private cars. Sunbus will do its best to provide a pleasurable, hassle-free trip.

Glasshouse Country Coaches

Glasshouse Country Coasters operated regional links throughout the Sunshine Coast hinterland, including Maleny, Landsborough, and Beerwah services, as well as the Hinterland Connect.

  • Route 890 (Maleny to Nambour): Maleny to Nambour via Montville, Flaxtons and Mapleton (Monday to Friday)
  • Route 891 from Maleny to Landsborough takes 7 days.

Glasshouse Country Coaches

TransLink’s go card is not currently supported on these qconnect services. You must purchase a ticket from the driver.

Glasshouse Country Coaches qconnect tickets are available in the following options:

  • Single: one-way transfers on all qconnect services within 2 hours are included.
  • Daily: unlimited travel until the last scheduled day’s service, valid on all qconnect services.
  • Weekly: unlimited travel between the zones purchased for seven consecutive days from ‌ issuance, valid on all qconnect services.

For timetable information, phone 07 5496 9249 or visit www.glasshousecoaches.com.au.

Sunshine Coast Public Transport Hubs

Noosa 

Noosa junction is the main bus interchange for the Noosaville area, with connections to Nambour and Maroochydore.

Maroochydore

Maroochy station is next to Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre in the centre of Maroochy’s main commercial area. It is a central bus hub servicing the city and surrounding areas.

Nambour

If you’re taking the train from Brisbane, Nambour is the Sunshine Coast’s main bus/train interchange. Transfer here to reach Noosa, Maroochydore, and the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast Airport

Every hour, Route 622 departs from the Sunshine Coast Airport. This service runs north to Noosa Junction and south to Maroochydore along the coast.

Caloundra

Caloundra bus station as the main interchange serves the southern Sunshine Coast, with connections to Maroochydore, the University of the Sunshine Coast, and Landsborough train station.

Sunshine Coast Bus Routes

Bus Routes

  • 600 Caloundra to Maroochydore via Mooloolaba & Kawana
  • 602 Caloundra to Maroochydore via Mountain Creek
  • 603 Little Mountain to Caloundra
  • extension to/from Corbould Park (weekends only)
  • 604 Caloundra West to Caloundra
  • 605 Caloundra to Landsborough
  • 606 Baringa to Caloundra
  • 607 Caloundra to University via SCUH and Kawana
  • 609 Pelican Waters to Caloundra
  • 610 Nambour to Maroochydore via Kunda Park
  •  occasional extension to Rotary Garden Village
  • 611 Maroochydore to SCUH via Mooloolaba and Kawana
  • 612 Nambour to Maroochydore via Bli Bli
  • 614 Kawana to Maroochydore via Mountain Creek
  • 615 Maroochydore to Landsborough via University and 
  •  Aussie World
  •  occasional extension to Australia Zoo 
  • 616 Maroochydore to University via Alexandra Headland
  • 617 Maroochydore to Sippy Downs via University
  • 618 Sippy Downs to Kawana via University
  • 619 Kawana to Maroochydore via Alexandra Headland
  • 620 Noosa Heads to Maroochydore via Peregian Beach
  • 622 Maroochydore to Noosa Junction via Airport & Coolum
  • 626 Tewantin to Sunrise Beach via Noosa Heads
  • 627 Tewantin to Sunshine Beach via Noosa Heads
  • 628 Noosa Parklands to Noosa Junction via Noosa Civic
  • 629 Tewantin to Noosa Junction via Noosa Civic
  • 630 Noosa to Nambour via Eumundi
  • 631 Noosa to Nambour via Cooroy & Eumundi
  • 632 Noosa to Cooran via Cooroy & Pomona
  • 636 Nambour to University via Buderim
  • 637 Nambour local loop
  • 638 Nambour to Palmwoods loop
  • 649 Caboolture station to Nambour station (railbus)

You can download the Sunshine Coast Public Transport Guide for more information.

Sunshine Coast Train

Sunshine Coast Train

Sunshine Coast’s population is expected to double over the next 50 years, making it one of Australia’s fastest-growing regions. Because alternative modes of transportation are required to manage growth while protecting the environment, they have chosen the light rail system to provide an alternate solution to private cars and provide seamless transportation in urban areas.

Sunshine Coast Railway Line

The Sunshine Coast line runs north from Brisbane through the western suburbs of the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast line’s main hub is Nambour, with limited services running to Gympie North daily.

Queensland Rail operates an extensive network of trains throughout the state, including the Sunshine Coast line, the North Coast line, the South East Line, and the Western Line. The Sunshine Coast’s major railway stations are Maroochydore, Nambour, and Caloundra.

Nambour is located midway between the sea and the Blackall Ranges and halfway between Caloundra and Noosa Heads – it’s halfway to everywhere! The rail service is designed for residents and business travellers. Still, it can also be helpful for tourists looking for transportation options in the area.

Sunshine Coast Line Stations

  • Nambour station
  • Woombye station
  • Palmwoods station
  • Eudlo station
  • Mooloolah station
  • Landsborough station
  • Beerwah station
  • Glass House Mountains station
  • Beerburrum station
  • Elimbah station
  • Caboolture station
  • Ipswich station

You can check more information at Sunshine Coast Line Timetables.

Sunshine Coast Uber

Sunshine Coast Uber 

The Uber app is available throughout the Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas, from Noosa to Caloundra and inland to Maleny.

You are welcome to connect to the internet from any location within the service area; however, certain areas are usually busier than others. To increase your chances of getting regular trip requests, we advise you to go online during peak hours.

The best places to visit in and around Maroochy, Mooloolaba and Noosaville. We recommend visiting areas where locals and visitors congregate, such as the esplanade, Hastings street, shopping centres, hotels, pubs, clubs, restaurants, the university campus, and the airport, as these locations offer a variety of activities.

Drivers from the Sunshine Coast can also drive in any other Queensland city where Uber operates, such as Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and Toowoomba. You can browse the web as you commonly would.

Sunshine Coast Taxis

Sunshine Coast Taxis

Taxis on the Sunshine Coast are well-kept and efficient, and they adhere to State transportation regulations. There are secure taxis at:

  • Caloundra 
  • Mooloolaba 
  • Noosa

Sunshine Coast Taxi Providers

Suncoast Cabs

Phone: 07 5441 8888

131 008 (Local call)

www.suncoastcabs.com.au

Range Taxi Service

26 Palm Street, Maleny

Phone: 07 5494 3354

Mobile Phone: 0418 711 989

ExecuCab

Maroochydore, Maroochydore

Phone: 07 5451 0066

Glasshouse Taxi Service

PO Box 124

Cotton Tree QLD 4558

Phone: 0413948076

Gympie Golden City Cabs

Gympie, Gympie

Phone: 13 1008

Kilcoy Taxis

9 Woodrow Street, Kilcoy

Phone: 13 1008

Rainbow Taxi Service

PO Box 201, Rainbow Beach

Phone: 07 5486 3164

Tin Can Bay Cabs

28 Turrum Street, Tin Can Bay

Phone: 07 5486 4286

Yellow Cabs Caboolture

Caboolture, Caboolture

Phone: 13 192

www.yellowcab.com.au

How often do you take public transport? If you live on the Sunshine Coast, then you probably don’t even realize that you’re missing out on some great benefits from using public transport.

Public transport is often overlooked as a viable option for commuting. However, it offers convenience, reliability and affordability. In addition, it can also save time and fuel costs. If you want to travel from point A to B without breaking the bank, then look no further than public transport!