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

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Fly  •  7h 14m

  1. Fly from Bundaberg (BDB) to Cairns (CNS) BDB - CNS

$188 - $570

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Bus Greyhound Australia  •  22h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Bundaberg Base Hospital to Gin Gin
  2. Take the bus from Gin Gin to Cairns Gx443

$110 - $190

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Train  •  19h 46m

  1. Take the train from Bundaberg to Cairns Central Station Spirit of Queensland

$130 - $250

Bus Premier Motor Service  •  20h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Bundaberg to Cairns Central Station

$130 - $180

Drive  •  18h 37m

  1. Drive from Bundaberg to Cairns 847.7 miles

$120 - $180

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The cheapest way to get from Bundaberg to Cairns is to bus which costs $150 - $260 and takes 22h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Bundaberg to Cairns is to fly which costs $260 - $850 and takes 7h 14m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bundaberg and arriving at Cairns Central Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 20h 25m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Bundaberg and arriving at Cairns Central Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 19h 46m.

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The distance between Bundaberg and Cairns is 1116 km. The road distance is 1356.4 km.

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The best way to get from Bundaberg to Cairns without a car is to train which takes 19h 46m and costs $190 - $350.

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It takes approximately 7h 14m to get from Bundaberg to Cairns, including transfers.

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Bundaberg to Cairns bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, depart from Bundaberg station.

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Bundaberg to Cairns train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, depart from Bundaberg station.

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The best way to get from Bundaberg to Cairns is to fly which takes 7h 14m and costs $260 - $850. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $190 - $350 and takes 19h 46m, you could also bus, which costs $190 - $260 and takes 20h 25m.

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Map of how to get from Bundaberg to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 697.8 miles
  • Duration: 7h 14m

What companies run services between Bundaberg, QLD, Australia and Cairns, QLD, Australia?

Qantas and Jetstar fly from Bundaberg to Cairns hourly. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Bundaberg to Cairns once daily. Tickets cost $130 - $250 and the journey takes 19h 46m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Bundaberg to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Bundaberg to Cairns via Brisbane, Townsville
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Bundaberg to Cairns via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Bundaberg to Cairns via Brisbane, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Bundaberg to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
19h 46m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $250
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$248
B-Quick
$137
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Bundaberg to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
20h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $180
Website
Premier Motor Service
North Burnett Regional Council
Phone
1300 696 272
Email
admin@northburnett.qld.gov.au
Website
northburnett.qld.gov.au
Bus from Bundaberg Base Hospital to Gin Gin
Ave. Duration
40m
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
northburnett.qld.gov.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 Gin Gin to Cairns
Ave. Duration
21h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $190
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$110 - $160
Flexifare
$130 - $190

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There is no direct flight from Bundaberg Airport to Cairns Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 30m and has one stopover.

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Bundaberg to Cairns bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, arrive at Cairns Central Station.

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Bundaberg to Cairns train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Cairns Central Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bundaberg to Cairns is 1356 km. It takes approximately 18h 37m to drive from Bundaberg to Cairns.

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Qantas offers flights from Bundaberg Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are 492+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Bundaberg to Bundaberg Airport is to line 4 bus which takes 5m and costs $2 - $3.

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