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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  •  5h 42m

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

$144 - $344

Cheapest option

Fly Brisbane to Cairns, bus  •  11h 25m

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

$121 - $292

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

  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

$127 - $434

Train, bus  •  30h 35m

  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

$184 - $323

Bus Greyhound Australia  •  35h 24m

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

$185 - $301

Bus Premier Motor Service  •  35h 45m

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

$190 - $303

Drive  •  26h 13m

  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 fly and bus which costs $170 - $420 and takes 11h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Brisbane to Cooktown is to fly which costs $200 - $490 and takes 5h 42m.

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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 35h 24m.

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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 30h 35m and costs $250 - $460.

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It takes approximately 5h 42m 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 5h 42m and costs $200 - $490. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $260 - $430 and takes 35h 24m.

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

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Brisbane to Cooktown bus services, operated by Trans North Bus & Coach, 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: 5h 42m

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

Jetstar, Okapi Airlines and three 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 35h 24m.

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
Okapi Airlines
Flights from Brisbane to Cooktown via Cairns
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Brisbane to Cooktown via Sydney, Cairns
Ave. Duration
8h 2m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $500
Flights from Brisbane to Cooktown via Townsville, Cairns
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $650
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
Trans North Bus & Coach
Website
transnorthbus.com
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Cooktown
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
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.

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 - $250
Website
Premier Motor Service

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More Questions & Answers

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

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Cathay Pacific, Jetstar, Qantas and Okapi Airlines offer flights from Brisbane Airport to Cooktown Airport.

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There are seven+ 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 20m and costs $14 - $20.

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