There are 4 ways to get from Broome to Cairns by plane, bus, train or car

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

Recommended option

Fly  •  9 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Broome (BME) to Cairns (CNS) BME - CNS

$389 - $483

Cheapest option

Bus  •  2 days 12 h

  1. Take the bus from Broome to Katherine
  2. Take the bus from Katherine to Tennant Creek
  3. Take the bus from Tennant Creek to Townsville
  4. Take the bus from Townsville to Cairns

$350 - $692

2 alternative options

Bus, train  •  2 days 19 h

  1. Take the bus from Broome to Katherine
  2. Take the bus from Katherine to Tennant Creek
  3. Take the bus from Tennant Creek to Julia Creek
  4. Take the train from Juila Creek station to Townsville station
  5. Take the train from Townsville to Cairns Central Station

$391 - $637

Drive  •  43 h 7 min

  1. Drive from Broome to Cairns 2505.1 miles

$350 - $550

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Broome to Cairns is to fly which costs $500 - $700 and takes 9 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Broome to Cairns is to fly which costs $500 - $700 and takes 9 h 57 min.

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The distance between Broome and Cairns is 2498 km. The road distance is 4008.1 km.

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It takes approximately 9 h 57 min to get from Broome to Cairns, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Broome to Cairns. However, there are services departing from Broome Aquatic Centre and arriving at Cairns via Broome, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Townsville. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 12 h.

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Airnorth, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Broome Airport to Cairns Airport.

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Map of how to get from Broome to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 1561.5 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 57 min

What companies run services between Broome, WA, Australia and Cairns, QLD, Australia?

Qantas, Jetstar and two other airlines fly from Broome to Cairns hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Broome to Cairns via Short Steet, Broome, Katherine, Tennant Creek, and Townsville in around 2 days 12 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$450 - $1,000
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Perth
Ave. Duration
9 h 7 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $470
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$490 - $1,100
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Perth, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
12 h 20 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,200
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Perth, Sydney
Ave. Duration
12 h 40 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,200
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Darwin, Gove
Ave. Duration
14 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,300
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Perth, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
14 h 55 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,200
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Darwin, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
12 h
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$370 - $490
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Perth, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
12 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,000
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Perth, Sydney
Ave. Duration
15 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,100
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Perth, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
15 h 45 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,000
Airnorth
Website
flyairnorth.com
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Darwin, Gove
Ave. Duration
14 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,300
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Perth
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $470
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Juila Creek station to Townsville station
Ave. Duration
13 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Townsville to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Broome to Katherine
Ave. Duration
22 h 56 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $230
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $200
Flexifare
$160 - $230
Bus from Katherine to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$55 - $80
Flexifare
$70 - $100
Bus from Tennant Creek to Townsville
Ave. Duration
19 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$150 - $220
Bus from Townsville to Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $150
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$29 - $45
Flexifare
$35 - $55
Bus from Tennant Creek to Julia Creek
Ave. Duration
11 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$75 - $110
Flexifare
$90 - $130
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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