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There are 5 ways to get from Brisbane to Great Barrier Reef by plane, ferry, train or bus

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Fly from Brisbane, ferry  •  7 h 16 min

  1. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Cairns (CNS) BNE - CNS
  2. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$147 - $298

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Train to Gold Coast, fly, ferry  •  9 h 16 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 ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$153 - $440

Train, ferry  •  26 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$213 - $333

Bus Greyhound Australia, ferry  •  31 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Gx443
  2. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$211 - $307

Bus Premier Motor Service, ferry  •  31 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
  2. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$256 - $313

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Brisbane to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $200 - $420 and takes 7 h 16 min.

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The quickest way to get from Brisbane to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $200 - $420 and takes 7 h 16 min.

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The distance between Brisbane and Great Barrier Reef is 1394 km.

The best way to get from Brisbane to Great Barrier Reef without a car is to train and ferry which takes 26 h 44 min and costs $300 - $470.

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It takes approximately 7 h 16 min to get from Brisbane to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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

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

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There are two+ hotels available in Great Barrier Reef. 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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Map of how to get from Brisbane to Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Distance: 871.4 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 16 min

What companies run services between Brisbane, QLD, Australia and Great Barrier Reef?

There is no direct connection from Brisbane to Great Barrier Reef. However, you can take the train to International Airport, platform 2, take the walk to Brisbane airport, fly to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns Airport, take the shuttle to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns, take the ferry to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, then take the walk to Great Barrier Reef. Alternatively, you can take the train to Varsity Lakes, platform 2, take the walk to Varsity Lakes station, take the line 760 bus to Gold Coast Airport, take the walk to Gold Coast airport, fly to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns Airport, take the shuttle to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns, take the ferry to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, then take the walk to Great Barrier Reef.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $480
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 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
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $340
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$250 - $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
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
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
Ferry operators
Green Island Adventures
Phone
(61) 7 4044 9944
Email
central_ga@quicksilvergroup.com.au
Website
green-island.com.au
Ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$66
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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