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There are 5 ways to get from Broome to Cairns by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Cairns  •  11 h 10 min

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

$390 - $483

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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

$336 - $682

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Fly to Townsville, train  •  21 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Broome (BME) to Townsville (TSV) BME - TSV
  2. Take the train from Townsville to Cairns Central Station

$448 - $972

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

$373 - $617

Drive  •  43 h 7 min

  1. Drive from Broome to Cairns 2505.1 miles

$350 - $550

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The cheapest way to get from Broome to Cairns is to fly which costs $550 - $700 and takes 11 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Broome to Cairns is to fly which costs $550 - $700 and takes 11 h 10 min.

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

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The best way to get from Broome to Cairns without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 12 h and costs $470 - $1,000.

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It takes approximately 11 h 10 min to get from Broome to Cairns, including transfers.

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Broome to Cairns bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Broome station.

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The best way to get from Broome to Cairns is to fly which takes 11 h 10 min and costs $550 - $700. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $470 - $1,000 and takes 2 days 12 h.

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There is no direct flight from Broome Airport to Cairns Airport. The quickest flight takes 8 h 35 min and has one stopover.

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Broome to Cairns bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Cairns station.

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Map of how to get from Broome to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 1561.5 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 10 min

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

Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia fly from Broome to Cairns every 2 hours. 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 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$450 - $1,000
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Perth
Ave. Duration
11 h 50 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $470
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Perth, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
11 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,200
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Perth, Sydney
Ave. Duration
13 h 22 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,200
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,100
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Perth, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
15 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,200
Flights from Broome to Townsville via Perth, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
11 h 45 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,100
Flights from Broome to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $950
Flights from Broome to Townsville via Brisbane, Mackay
Ave. Duration
17 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $950
Flights from Broome to Townsville via Kununurra, Darwin
Ave. Duration
18 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,200
Flights from Broome to Townsville via Perth, Sydney
Ave. Duration
15 h 50 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,100
Flights from Broome to Townsville via Brisbane, Cairns
Ave. Duration
16 h 5 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$440 - $950
Flights from Broome to Townsville via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
19 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$470 - $1,000
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Perth, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
12 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,000
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Perth, Sydney
Ave. Duration
14 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,100
Flights from Broome to Cairns via Perth, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
14 h 45 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,000
Flights from Broome to Townsville via Perth, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
11 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$450 - $950
Flights from Broome to Townsville via Perth, Sydney
Ave. Duration
15 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Airnorth
Website
flyairnorth.com
Flights from Broome to Townsville via Kununurra, Darwin
Ave. Duration
18 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,200
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Townsville to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
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Queensland Rail Travel
Train from Juila Creek station to Townsville station
Ave. Duration
13 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$75 - $110
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Queensland Rail Travel
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 Broome to Katherine
Ave. Duration
22 h 56 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$150 - $220
Bus from Katherine to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $95
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$55 - $80
Flexifare
$65 - $95
Bus from Tennant Creek to Townsville
Ave. Duration
19 h 40 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$120 - $220
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210
Bus from Townsville to Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $150
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$28 - $40
Flexifare
$35 - $55
Bus from Tennant Creek to Julia Creek
Ave. Duration
11 h 35 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$70 - $110
Flexifare
$90 - $130

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More Questions & Answers

Cairns is 2 h ahead of Broome. It is currently 10:36 AM in Broome and 12:36 PM in Cairns.

Yes, the driving distance between Broome to Cairns is 4008 km. It takes approximately 43 h 7 min to drive from Broome to Cairns.

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

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There are 462+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $70 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Broome to Broome Airport is to bus which takes 2 min and costs .

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