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How do you get from Proserpine Airport to Airlie Beach? 

Updated Fri 12 Jul 2024

Airlie Beach Airport Transfers Whitsundays

Whether you’re catching a shuttle bus, driving a car or booking an airport transfer, check out our go-to guide for travelling between Whitsunday Coat Airport to Airlie Beach.

The cheapest way to get from Proserpine Airport to Airlie Beach is via a shuttle bus. Taking roughly 40 minutes and costing around $20, simply hop off the plane and onto a shuttle (see below for our preferred services).

If you're looking for time efficiency over savings, the fastest way to get from Properspine Airport to Airlie Beach is via a taxi or rental car.

As the closest airport to Airlie Beach, Proserpine is one of the most popular routes to Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands. Also known as the Proserpine Airport, Whitsunday Coast Airport is located only 26 km out outside of Airlie Beach. 

A perfect option for those from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, as Qantas, Bonza, Jetstar and Virgin airlines all offer direct flights into Proserpine airport. 

For more flight destinations, prices and times, head to the Whitsunday Coast Airport website or visit your preferred airline's website directly.

How to get from Whitsunday Coast Airport to Airlie Beach

Shuttle Services to Airlie Beach

Shuttle services are a cheap, stress-free way of getting from Whitsunday Coast Airport to Airlie Beach! Starting at around $20, the shuttles will take roughly 40 minutes and stop at various locations in Airlie. With a variety of shuttle bus options, we have narrowed it down to three professional services for you busy travellers!

Shuttle Bus Whitsunday Coast Airport to Airlie Beach Heart of the Reef Shuttles

Drive to Airlie Beach

If you prefer to be in the driver’s seat, there are plenty of hire options available for you to make the drive into Airlie Beach yourself! Taking roughly 30 minutes from Whitsunday Coast Airport to the heart of Airlie Beach, you can hire either a car or a campervan. Not to mention, the scenery in the Whitsundays is pretty magical! 

If you’re looking for budget accommodation, campervans are a great choice to act as transport and sleeping arrangement. And, with a variety of spots to park overnight in Airlie Beach, you don’t have to give up the little luxuries.

Campervan Whitsunday Islands overnight accommodation caravan airport transport

A rental car is also a wonderful choice if you’re looking to explore the Whitsunday mainland, with destinations such as Bowen, Horseshoe BayCeder Creek Falls and Proserpine all only short trips out of the Airlie CBD. 

For all of your campervan and car rental options, check out our go-to provider here.

Rental Car Airlie Beach airport transport

Uber from Proserpine Airport to Airlie Beach

Uber has recently arrived in the Whitsundays, making it easier and more convenient than ever to get a taxi from directly outside the airport! 

A journey in an Uber from Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP) to Airlie Beach starts at around $90 for a 4 person vehicle, or for larger groups, they offer 6 seater vehicles that start at roughly $150 for the short 35 minute journey! 

A landscape shot of Whitsunday Coast Airport

Tours that depart from Proserpine Airport

If you’re looking to jump into the adventure, what better way to do it than to arrive at the airport and depart straightaway on a tour?! With a couple of local activities that fly you up through the clouds, it could be the perfect way to surprise a loved one! 

We offer an array of stunning scenic flights that are known to showcase the incredible Whitsunday panoramas popular amongst everybody’s Instagram feeds! Soar over Heart Reef or enjoy a Whitehaven Beach experience upon silica white sands. Or, if you’re more of an adrenaline fiend, check out our out-of-this-world skydiving packages that will really get your heart racing as you descend to blissful turquoise waters and bright white sandy beaches.

For more information on activity flight times, check out our website here.

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