There are 6 ways to get from Airlie Beach to Cairns by plane, train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly from Hamilton Island  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Hamilton Island (HTI) to Cairns (CNS) HTI - CNS

$229 - $684

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Bus  •  8 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Airlie Beach to Cairns Gx415 / ...

$50 - $150

4 alternative options

Fly from Proserpine  •  9 h 21 min

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

$214 - $602

Train to Mackay, fly  •  8 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Proserpine to Mackay
  2. Fly from Mackay (MKY) to Cairns (CNS) MKY - CNS

$215 - $608

Train  •  11 h 45 min

  1. Take the train from Proserpine to Cairns Central Station Spirit of Queensland

$72 - $102

Drive  •  7 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Airlie Beach to Cairns 389.3 miles

$55 - $80

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Airlie Beach and arriving at Cairns. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 8 h 55 min.

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The distance between Airlie Beach and Cairns is 485 km. The road distance is 622.9 km.

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The best way to get from Airlie Beach to Cairns without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 55 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 35 min 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 4 h 35 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 8 h 55 min, you could also train, which costs and takes 11 h 45 min.

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The quickest flight from Hamilton Island Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Airlie Beach to Cairns is 623 km. It takes approximately 7 h 59 min to drive from Airlie Beach to Cairns.

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Qantas offers flights from Hamilton Island Airport to Cairns Airport.

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Map of how to get from Airlie Beach to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 303.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 35 min

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

Qantas flies from Airlie Beach to Cairns once daily. Alternatively, Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Airlie Beach to Cairns twice daily. Tickets cost $50 - $150 and the journey takes 8 h 55 min. Premier Motor Service also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Hamilton Island to Cairns
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Proserpine to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Proserpine to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Proserpine to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
12 h 15 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Mackay to Cairns via Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Mackay to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Proserpine to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Proserpine to Cairns via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Mackay to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Proserpine to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Proserpine to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Proserpine to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
12 h 15 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Proserpine to Cairns via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 5 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $340
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Proserpine to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $27
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Queensland Rail Travel
Train from Proserpine to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
9 h 58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $100
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Queensland Rail Travel
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 Airlie Beach to Cairns
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $150
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$50 - $75
Flexifare
$65 - $90
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Airlie Beach to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
10 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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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 Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island Airport is to ferry which takes 55 min and costs .

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