There are 5 ways to get from Brisbane to Cairns by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly from Brisbane  •  5 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Cairns (CNS) BNE - CNS

$81 - $232

4 alternative options

Bus to Gold Coast, fly  •  6 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop to Gold Coast Airport
  2. Fly from Gold Coast (OOL) to Cairns (CNS) OOL - CNS

$102 - $390

Train  •  24 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station Spirit of Queensland

$140 - $270

Bus  •  29 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Gx443

$140 - $250

Drive  •  21 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Brisbane to Cairns 1148.4 miles

$160 - $240

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Brisbane and arriving at Cairns. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 29 h 5 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Brisbane Roma Street and arriving at Cairns Central Station station. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 24 h 20 min.

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The distance between Brisbane and Cairns is 1390 km. The road distance is 1837.4 km.

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The best way to get from Brisbane to Cairns without a car is to train which takes 24 h 20 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 5 min to get from Brisbane to Cairns, including transfers.

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

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Brisbane to Cairns train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, depart from Brisbane Roma Street station.

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The best way to get from Brisbane to Cairns is to fly which takes 5 h 5 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 24 h 20 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 29 h 5 min.

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The quickest flight from Brisbane Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 25 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Brisbane to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 868.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 5 min

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

Qantas, Jetstar and three other airlines fly from Brisbane to Cairns hourly. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Brisbane to Cairns once daily. Tickets cost $140 - $270 and the journey takes 24 h 20 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns via Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $340
Cathay Pacific
Website
cathaypacific.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Train operators
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
Byron Easybus
Website
byronbayshuttle.com.au
Bus from Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop to Gold Coast Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $35
Schedules at
byronbayshuttle.com.au
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.

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Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $250
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$150 - $210
Flexifare
$170 - $250
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$170 - $230
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Brisbane to Cairns is 1837 km. It takes approximately 21 h 43 min to drive from Brisbane to Cairns.

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Cathay Pacific, Tigerair Australia, Jetstar and two other airlines offer flights from Brisbane 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 Brisbane to Brisbane Airport is to train which takes 20 min and costs .

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