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There are 7 ways to get from Brisbane to Cooktown by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly Brisbane to Cooktown  •  5 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Cooktown (CTN) BNE - CTN

$234 - $344

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Fly Brisbane to Cairns, bus  •  11 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Cairns (CNS) BNE - CNS
  2. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Cooktown

Train to Gold Coast, fly to Cairns, bus  •  13 h 25 min

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

Train, bus  •  30 h 35 min

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

Bus Greyhound Australia  •  35 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Gx443
  2. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Cooktown

Bus Premier Motor Service  •  35 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
  2. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Cooktown

Drive  •  26 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Brisbane to Cooktown 1357.8 miles

$190 - $280

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The cheapest way to get from Brisbane to Cooktown is to drive which costs $270 - $400 and takes 26 h 13 min.

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The quickest way to get from Brisbane to Cooktown is to fly which costs $320 - $490 and takes 5 h 47 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Brisbane to Cooktown. However, there are services departing from Brisbane and arriving at Cooktown via Cairns Central Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 35 h 29 min.

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The distance between Brisbane and Cooktown is 1557 km. The road distance is 2172.5 km.

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The best way to get from Brisbane to Cooktown without a car is to train and bus which takes 30 h 35 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 47 min to get from Brisbane to Cooktown, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Brisbane to Cooktown is to fly which takes 5 h 47 min and costs $320 - $490. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 35 h 29 min.

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There is no direct flight from Brisbane Airport to Cooktown Airport. The quickest flight takes 10 h 5 min and has one stopover.

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Brisbane to Cooktown bus services, operated by QConnect - Trans North, arrive at Cooktown station.

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Map of how to get from Brisbane to Cooktown.
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  • Distance: 972.8 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 47 min

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

Qantas, Okapi Airlines and four other airlines fly from Brisbane to Cooktown every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Brisbane to Cooktown via Cairns and Cairns Central Station in around 35 h 29 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
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 28 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $480
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Okapi Airlines
Flights from Brisbane to Cooktown via Cairns
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from Brisbane to Cooktown via Townsville, Cairns
Ave. Duration
7 h 22 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from Brisbane to Cooktown via Sydney, Cairns
Ave. Duration
8 h 17 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $500
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 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
TRANSLink QLD
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Central, platform 1 to Varsity Lakes, platform 2
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
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
24 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$262
B-Quick
$145
Bus operators
QConnect - Trans North
Phone
(07) 4095 8644
Website
transnorthbus.com
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Cooktown
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Schedules at
transnorthbus.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
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$140 - $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
$180 - $250
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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Yes, the driving distance between Brisbane to Cooktown is 2173 km. It takes approximately 26 h 13 min to drive from Brisbane to Cooktown.

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Virgin Australia, Cathay Pacific, Jetstar and two other airlines offer flights from Brisbane Airport to Cooktown Airport.

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There are five+ hotels available in Cooktown. Prices start at $100 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 $14 - $20.

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