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

Recommended option

Fly from Hamilton Island  •  3 h 29 min

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

$233 - $690

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 55 min

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

$55 - $160

4 alternative options

Bus to Mackay, fly  •  6 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Airlie Beach to Mackay
  2. Fly from Mackay (MKY) to Cairns (CNS) MKY - CNS

$213 - $617

Fly from Proserpine  •  7 h 28 min

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

$216 - $606

Train  •  11 h 50 min

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

$77 - $112

Drive  •  7 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Airlie Beach to Cairns 389.3 miles

$55 - $80

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 $55 - $160 and the journey takes 8 h 55 min.

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 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 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
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 Sydney, Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Mackay to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Proserpine to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Proserpine to Cairns via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
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
8 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Proserpine to Cairns via Sydney, Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Proserpine to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
10 h 3 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Airlie Beach to Mackay
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $30
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$13 - $19
Flexifare
$21 - $30
Bus from Airlie Beach to Cairns
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $160
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$55 - $80
Flexifare
$70 - $100

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Airlie Beach to Cairns?

The distance between Airlie Beach and Cairns is 485 km. The road distance is 623 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Airlie Beach to Cairns?

The cheapest way to get from Airlie Beach to Cairns is to drive which costs $70 - $110 and takes 7 h 59 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Airlie Beach to Cairns?

The quickest way to get from Airlie Beach to Cairns is to fly which takes 3 h 29 min and costs $300 - $900.

Is there a direct bus between Airlie Beach and Cairns?

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.

How long does it take to get from Airlie Beach to Cairns?

It takes approximately 3 h 29 min to get from Airlie Beach to Cairns, including transfers.