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

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Fly

  1. Fly from Proserpine (PPP) to Cairns (CNS)

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Airlie Beach to Cairns

2 alternative options

Train

  1. Take the train from Proserpine to Cairns Central Station

Drive

  1. Drive from Airlie Beach to Cairns

Airlie Beach to Cairns by bus

The bus journey time between Airlie Beach and Cairns is around 9h 55m and covers a distance of around 663 km. The fastest bus normally takes 9h 55m. Services are operated by Greyhound Australia and Premier Motor Service. Typically eight buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Bus route information

Average bus time:
9h 55m
Fastest bus time:
9h 55m
Bus distance:
663 km
Buses per week:
8
Cheapest price:
$90
Carbon emissions:
82 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
09:30
Last bus departs at:
09:30

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Airlie Beach to Cairns bus schedules

Airlie Beach → Cairns
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Cairns is 1800 020 080.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Cairns is subject to regional advice.

The social distance requirement in Cairns is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1800 020 080.

Last updated: 8 Oct 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Airlie Beach to Cairns is to drive which costs $75 - $110 and takes 8h.

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The quickest way to get from Airlie Beach to Cairns is to fly which costs $190 - $390 and takes 4h 40m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Airlie Beach and arriving at Cairns. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9h 55m.

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It is 485 km from Airlie Beach to Cairns. It is approximately 622.6 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Airlie Beach to Cairns without a car is to bus which takes 9h 55m and costs $60 - $180.

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It takes approximately 4h 40m to get from Airlie Beach to Cairns, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Airlie Beach to Cairns is to fly which takes 4h 40m and costs $190 - $390. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $60 - $180 and takes 9h 55m, you could also train, which costs $65 - $140 and takes 11h 45m.

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The quickest flight from Proserpine Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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

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Map of how to get from Airlie Beach to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 484.9 km
  • Duration: 4h 40m

What companies run services between Airlie Beach, QLD, Australia and Cairns, QLD, Australia?

Skytrans and FlexFlight ApS fly from Airlie Beach to Cairns once daily. Alternatively, Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Airlie Beach to Cairns once daily. Tickets cost $90 - $180 and the journey takes 9h 55m. Premier Motor Service also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Skytrans
Website
skytrans.com.au
Flights from Proserpine to Cairns
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$280 - $600
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Proserpine to Cairns
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $500
Train operators
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, although service is limited in Western Australia with just a single route to Broome. Buses are equipped for long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers, reclining seats and an onboard bathroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Airlie Beach to Cairns
Ave. Duration
9h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $180
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Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$90 - $140
Advantage
$110 - $170
Premium
$120 - $180
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61244235233 (call 13 34 10 within Australia)
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Airlie Beach to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Website
Premier Motor Service

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Yes, the driving distance between Airlie Beach to Cairns is 623 km. It takes approximately 8h to drive from Airlie Beach to Cairns.

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Skytrans and FlexFlight ApS offer flights from Proserpine Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are 257+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $125 AUD per night.

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The best way to get from Airlie Beach to Proserpine Airport is to bus which takes 1h and costs .

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