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

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Bus  •  6h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Ayr to Cairns Gx443

$40 - $120

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Train  •  7h 58m

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

$50 - $75

Drive  •  5h 20m

  1. Drive from Ayr to Cairns 271.6 miles

$35 - $60

Train, fly  •  5h 28m

  1. Take the train from Ayr to Townsville
  2. Fly from Townsville (TSV) to Cairns (CNS) TSV - CNS

$121 - $398

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The cheapest way to get from Ayr to Cairns is to drive which costs $50 - $80 and takes 5h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Ayr to Cairns is to drive which costs $50 - $80 and takes 5h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Ayr and arriving at Cairns. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 55m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Ayr and arriving at Cairns Central Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 7h 58m.

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The distance between Ayr and Cairns is 342 km. The road distance is 434.6 km.

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The best way to get from Ayr to Cairns without a car is to bus which takes 6h 55m and costs $60 - $160.

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The bus from Ayr to Cairns takes 6h 55m including transfers and departs twice daily.

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

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Ayr to Cairns train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, depart from Ayr station.

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The best way to get from Ayr to Cairns is to bus which takes 6h 55m and costs $60 - $160. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $70 - $110 and takes 7h 58m.

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  • Distance: 213.7 miles
  • Duration: 6h 55m

What companies run services between Ayr, QLD, Australia and Cairns, QLD, Australia?

Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Ayr to Cairns once daily. Tickets cost $40 - $120 and the journey takes 6h 55m. Premier Motor Service also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Ayr to Cairns once daily. Tickets cost $50 - $75 and the journey takes 7h 58m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Townsville to Cairns
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $390
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Townsville to Cairns
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $390
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Ayr to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
7h 58m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
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Queensland Rail Travel
Train from Ayr to Townsville
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $21
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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 Ayr to Cairns
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $120
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Early bird
$40 - $55
Advantage
$55 - $80
Premium
$60 - $120
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Ayr to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
Premier Motor Service

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The quickest flight from Townsville Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 55m.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Ayr to Cairns is 435 km. It takes approximately 5h 20m to drive from Ayr to Cairns.

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Regional Express and Qantas offer flights from Townsville Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are 520+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $70 USD per night.

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