Travel from Alice-Springs to Cairns

Bus or fly from Alice Springs to Cairns?

Qantas flies from Alice Springs to Cairns twice daily. Alternatively, Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Alice Springs to Cairns twice a week. Tickets cost $180 - $310 and the journey takes 26 h 20 min. Greyhound Australia also services this route 5 times a day.

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How to get from Alice Springs to Cairns

From Alice Springs taxi to Alice Springs airport, fly to Cairns airport, then taxi to Cairns. 2 h 32 min $600. From Alice Springs bus to Townsville then bus to Cairns. 33 h 15 min $288. From Alice Springs bus to Julia Creek, walk to Juila Creek station, train to Townsville, then train to Cairns Central Station. 40 h 34 min $354. From Alice Springs drive to Cairns. 24 h 13 min $254.

Is there a direct bus between Alice Springs and Cairns?

No, there is no direct bus from Alice Springs to Cairns. However, there are services departing from Alice Springs and arriving at Cairns via Townsville. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33 h 15 min.

Operators from Alice Springs to Cairns

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      1 Fly
      • One-Way approx: USD $351 - $1,350
      • Duration: 2 h 32 min
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      • One-Way approx: USD $219 - $369
      • Duration: 33 h 15 min
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      • Duration: 40 h 34 min
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