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There are 6 ways to get from Byron Bay to Cairns by bus, plane, 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.

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Bus to Gold Coast, fly  •  5h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast Airport
  2. Fly from Gold Coast (OOL) to Cairns (CNS) OOL - CNS

$89 - $386

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Bus to Brisbane, fly  •  7h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Byron Bay Visitor Centre to Brisbane International Airport
  2. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Cairns (CNS) BNE - CNS

$86 - $262

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Bus, train  •  27h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Byron Bay Coach Stop, Jonson St to Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop Gx248 / ...
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station Spirit of Queensland

$153 - $311

Bus Greyhound Australia  •  32h

  1. Take the bus from Byron Bay Coach Stop, Jonson St to Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop Gx248 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Gx443

$153 - $291

Bus Premier Motor Service  •  33h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast Airport
  2. Take the bus from Gold Coast Airport to Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station

$189 - $313

Drive  •  23h 12m

  1. Drive from Byron Bay to Cairns 1237.5 miles

$170 - $260

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The cheapest way to get from Byron Bay to Cairns is to bus and fly which costs $120 - $370 and takes 7h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Byron Bay to Cairns is to bus and fly which costs $120 - $550 and takes 5h 35m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Byron Bay to Cairns. However, there are services departing from Byron Bay Coach Stop, Jonson St and arriving at Cairns via Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 32h.

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The distance between Byron Bay and Cairns is 1531 km. The road distance is 1979.9 km.

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The best way to get from Byron Bay to Cairns without a car is to bus and train which takes 27h 20m and costs $210 - $440.

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It takes approximately 5h 35m to get from Byron Bay to Cairns, including transfers.

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Byron Bay to Cairns bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Byron Bay Coach Stop, Jonson St station.

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The quickest flight from Gold Coast Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 25m.

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

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Cairns is 1h behind Byron Bay. It is currently 4:30 PM in Byron Bay and 3:30 PM in Cairns.

Map of how to get from Byron Bay to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 956.9 miles
  • Duration: 5h 35m

What companies run services between Byron Bay, NSW, Australia and Cairns, QLD, Australia?

You can take a bus from Byron Bay to Cairns via Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop and Brisbane in around 32h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $460
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $410
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $340
Cathay Pacific
Website
cathaypacific.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
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
24h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$262
B-Quick
$145
Bus operators
Skybus
Byron Bay Express
Phone
+61 418 364 364
Email
bookings@byronbayexpress.com.au
Website
byronbayexpress.com.au
Bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast Airport
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
byronbayexpress.com.au
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byronbayexpress.com.au
Byron Easybus
Phone
+612 6685 7447
Email
info@byronbus.com
Website
byronbayshuttle.com.au
Bus from Byron Bay Visitor Centre to Gold Coast Airport
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
Byron Easybus
Bus from Byron Bay Visitor Centre to Brisbane International Airport
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
Byron Easybus
Bus from Byron Bay Visitor Centre to Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
Byron Easybus
Bus from Gold Coast Airport to Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $35
Website
Byron Easybus
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 Byron Bay Coach Stop, Jonson St to Brisbane International Airport
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$15 - $22
Flexifare
$23 - $35
Bus from Byron Bay Coach Stop, Jonson St to Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $30
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$13 - $19
Flexifare
$21 - $30
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $250
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$140 - $210
Flexifare
$170 - $250
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Byron Bay Coach Stop, Jonson St to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $250
Website
Premier Motor Service
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Byron Bay Coach Stop, Jonson St to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
Transport NSW

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Yes, the driving distance between Byron Bay to Cairns is 1980 km. It takes approximately 23h 12m to drive from Byron Bay to Cairns.

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Qantas and Jetstar offer flights from Gold Coast Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are 495+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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