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

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Fly  •  3 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Alice Springs (ASP) to Cairns (CNS) ASP - CNS

$349 - $1,345

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Bus  •  33 h 30 min

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

$190 - $443

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Train  •  3 days 18 h

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

$858 - $1,811

Drive  •  24 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Alice Springs to Cairns 1460.4 miles

$200 - $310

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No, there is no direct bus from Alice Springs to Cairns. However, there are services departing from Alice Springs and arriving at Cairns via Tennant Creek and Townsville. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Alice Springs to Cairns station. However, there are services departing from Alice Springs and arriving at Cairns Central Station via Adelaide Parklands, Central Station and Brisbane Roma Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 18 h.

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The distance between Alice Springs and Cairns is 1449 km. The road distance is 2336.7 km.

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The best way to get from Alice Springs to Cairns without a car is to bus which takes 33 h 30 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 34 min to get from Alice Springs to Cairns, including transfers.

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

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Alice Springs to Cairns train services, operated by Great Southern Rail - The Ghan, depart from Alice Springs station.

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The best way to get from Alice Springs to Cairns is to fly which takes 3 h 34 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 33 h 30 min, you could also train, which costs and takes 3 days 18 h.

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The quickest flight from Alice Springs Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 5 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Alice Springs to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 905.6 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 34 min

What companies run services between Alice Springs, NT, Australia and Cairns, QLD, Australia?

Qantas flies from Alice Springs to Cairns twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Alice Springs to Cairns via Tennant Creek and Townsville in around 33 h 30 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Alice Springs to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,300
Flights from Alice Springs to Cairns via Ayers Rock
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,300
Train operators
Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Alice Springs to Adelaide Parklands
Ave. Duration
23 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$340 - $700
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Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$348
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$640
Low Gold Single Cabin
$701
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$830
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
Book at
Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$286
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 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $140
1st Class
$120 - $190
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
$264
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 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 Townsville to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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Cairns is 30 min ahead of Alice Springs. It is currently 10:09 PM in Alice Springs and 10:39 PM in Cairns.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Alice Springs to Cairns is 2337 km. It takes approximately 24 h 13 min to drive from Alice Springs to Cairns.

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Qantas offers flights from Alice Springs 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 Alice Springs to Alice Springs Airport is to taxi which takes 14 min and costs .

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