There are 6 ways to get from Cairns to Airlie Beach 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 to Hamilton Island  •  3 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Hamilton Island (HTI) CNS - HTI

$230 - $688

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Airlie Beach Gx411

$55 - $100

4 alternative options

Fly to Mackay, bus  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Mackay (MKY) CNS - MKY
  2. Take the bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach

$213 - $616

Fly to Proserpine  •  7 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Proserpine (PPP) CNS - PPP

$216 - $606

Train  •  11 h 13 min

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

$78 - $108

Drive  •  8 h

  1. Drive from Cairns to Airlie Beach 389.4 miles

$55 - $80

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Airlie Beach, QLD, Australia?

Qantas flies from Cairns to Airlie Beach once daily. Alternatively, Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Cairns to Airlie Beach once daily. Tickets cost $55 - $100 and the journey takes 10 h 45 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane, Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
11 h
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
9 h 31 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $30
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$13 - $19
Flexifare
$21 - $30
Bus from Cairns to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$55 - $80
Flexifare
$70 - $100

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Cairns and Airlie Beach is 485 km. The road distance is 623 km.

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Airlie Beach is to drive which costs $70 - $110 and takes 8 h.

The quickest way to get from Cairns to Airlie Beach is to fly which takes 3 h 24 min and costs $300 - $950.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns and arriving at Airlie Beach. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 10 h 45 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 24 min to get from Cairns to Airlie Beach, including transfers.