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

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Fly from Brisbane  •  5h

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

$81 - $232

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Train to Gold Coast, fly  •  7h

  1. Take the train from Central, platform 1 to Varsity Lakes, platform 2
  2. Fly from Gold Coast (OOL) to Cairns (CNS) OOL - CNS

$87 - $374

Train  •  24h 20m

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

$140 - $270

Bus  •  29h

  1. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Gx443

$140 - $250

Drive  •  21h 43m

  1. Drive from Brisbane to Cairns 1148.4 miles

$160 - $240

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The cheapest way to get from Brisbane to Cairns is to fly which costs $110 - $330 and takes 5h.

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The quickest way to get from Brisbane to Cairns is to fly which costs $110 - $330 and takes 5h.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Brisbane and arriving at Cairns. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 29h.

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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, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 24h 20m.

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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 24h 20m and costs $200 - $380.

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It takes approximately 5h 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 5h and costs $110 - $330. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $200 - $380 and takes 24h 20m, you could also bus, which costs $200 - $340 and takes 29h.

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

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

Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia 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 24h 20m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $410
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $460
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $340
Cathay Pacific
Website
cathaypacific.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Train operators
TRANSLink QLD
Phone
13 12 30
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Central, platform 1 to Varsity Lakes, platform 2
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
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
24h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$262
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 Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $250
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$140 - $210
Flexifare
$170 - $250
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $230
Website
Premier Motor Service

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The quickest flight from Brisbane Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 20m.

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

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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 21h 43m to drive from Brisbane to Cairns.

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Cathay Pacific, Tigerair Australia, Qantas and two other airlines offer flights from Brisbane Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are 492+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Brisbane to Brisbane Airport is to train which takes 20m and costs $14 - $20.

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