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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly from Brisbane, ferry  •  6 h 3 min

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

$150 - $304

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Bus to Gold Coast, fly, ferry  •  7 h 7 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
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$172 - $462

Train, ferry  •  26 h 47 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

$219 - $343

Bus Greyhound Australia, ferry  •  31 h 24 min

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

$217 - $316

Bus Premier Motor Service, ferry  •  31 h 57 min

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

$263 - $322

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Brisbane to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $200 - $420 and takes 6 h 3 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 6 h 3 min.

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

It takes approximately 6 h 3 min to get from Brisbane to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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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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Map of how to get from Brisbane to Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Distance: 871.4 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 3 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 taxi to Cairns, take the ferry to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, then take the walk to Great Barrier Reef. Alternatively, you can take the bus to Gold Coast Airport, take the walk to Gold Coast airport, fly to Cairns, take the taxi 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 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns via Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $480
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 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
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 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $800
Hong Kong
Website
hongkongairlines.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $800
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
5 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $280
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$270
B-Quick
$149
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
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
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$150 - $220
Flexifare
$180 - $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
$190 - $250
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Ferry operators
Green Island Adventures
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
$68
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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