There are 4 ways to get from Adelaide to Cairns by plane, bus, train or car

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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 and Townsville in around 2 days 5 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns
Avg. Duration
3 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Melbourne
Avg. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Sydney
Avg. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Brisbane
Avg. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Brisbane
Avg. Duration
6 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Melbourne
Avg. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Sydney
Avg. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns
Avg. Duration
3 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns via Sydney
Avg. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
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
Avg. Duration
27 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$310 - $750
Schedules at
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$316
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$500 - $700
Low Gold Single Cabin
$550 - $750
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$650 - $900
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Avg. Duration
14 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$100 - $150
1st Class
$140 - $200
Queensland Rail
Website
queenslandrail.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
Avg. Duration
24 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$160 - $300
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Book at
bookings.queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$292
B-Quick
$161
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
Avg. Duration
19 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $230
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$140 - $200
Flexifare
$160 - $230
Bus from Alice Springs to Townsville
Avg. Duration
26 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$180 - $310
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$180 - $270
Flexifare
$220 - $310
Bus from Townsville to Cairns
Avg. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $170
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$30 - $45
Flexifare
$40 - $60

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Adelaide to Cairns?

The distance between Adelaide and Cairns is 2125 km. The road distance is 3070 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Adelaide to Cairns?

The cheapest way to get from Adelaide to Cairns is to fly which costs $280 and takes 4 h 25 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Adelaide to Cairns?

The quickest way to get from Adelaide to Cairns is to fly which takes 4 h 25 min and costs $280.

Is there a direct train between Adelaide and Cairns?

No, there is no direct train from Adelaide to Cairns. 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 20 h.

Is there a direct bus between Adelaide and Cairns?

No, there is no direct bus from Adelaide to Cairns. However, there are services departing from Adelaide and arriving at Cairns via Alice Springs and Townsville. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 5 h.

How long does it take to get from Adelaide to Cairns?

It takes approximately 4 h 25 min to get from Adelaide to Cairns, including transfers.