There are 5 ways to get from Adelaide to Cairns by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  5 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Adelaide (ADL) to Cairns (CNS) ADL - CNS

$108 - $420

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Bus  •  2 days 7 h

  1. Take the bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
  2. Take the bus from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek
  3. Take the bus from Tennant Creek to Townsville
  4. Take the bus from Townsville to Cairns

$314 - $650

Train  •  2 days 17 h

  1. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Sydney
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station

$514 - $1,053

Train, bus  •  3 days 2 h

  1. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Sydney
  2. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station

$564 - $1,043

Drive  •  35 h 30 min

  1. Drive from Adelaide to Cairns 1918.9 miles

$270 - $400

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No, there is no direct bus from Adelaide to Cairns. However, there are services departing from Adelaide and arriving at Cairns via Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Townsville. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 7 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Adelaide to Cairns station. However, there are services departing from Adelaide Parklands and arriving at Cairns Central Station via Central Station and Brisbane Roma Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 17 h.

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The distance between Adelaide and Cairns is 2125 km. The road distance is 3070.2 km.

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The best way to get from Adelaide to Cairns without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 7 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 39 min to get from Adelaide to Cairns, including transfers.

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Adelaide to Cairns bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Adelaide station.

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Adelaide to Cairns train services, operated by Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific, depart from Adelaide Parklands station.

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The best way to get from Adelaide to Cairns is to fly which takes 5 h 39 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 2 days 7 h, you could also train, which costs and takes 2 days 17 h.

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The quickest flight from Adelaide Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h.

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Adelaide to Cairns bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Cairns station.

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Map of how to get from Adelaide to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 1328 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 39 min

What companies run services between Adelaide, SA, Australia and Cairns, QLD, Australia?

Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia fly from Adelaide to Cairns hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Adelaide to Cairns via Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, and Townsville in around 2 days 7 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Train operators
Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Adelaide Parklands to Sydney
Ave. Duration
25 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$280 - $700
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Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$285
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$480 - $650
Low Gold Single Cabin
$500 - $700
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$600 - $800
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
24 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$263
B-Quick
$145
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210
Bus from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$40 - $60
Flexifare
$50 - $75
Bus from Tennant Creek to Townsville
Ave. Duration
19 h 40 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$120 - $220
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210
Bus from Townsville to Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $150
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$28 - $40
Flexifare
$35 - $55
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$180 - $250
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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Cairns is 30 min ahead of Adelaide. It is currently 6:12 PM in Adelaide and 5:42 PM in Cairns.

Adelaide to Cairns train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Cairns Central Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Adelaide to Cairns is 3070 km. It takes approximately 35 h 30 min to drive from Adelaide to Cairns.

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Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Adelaide Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are 458+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $70 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Adelaide to Adelaide Airport is to bus which takes 18 min and costs .

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