There are 6 ways to get from Cairns to Airlie Beach by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Hamilton Island  •  3 h 24 min

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

$230 - $688

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Bus  •  10 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Airlie Beach Gx411

$55 - $95

4 alternative options

Fly to Proserpine  •  6 h 55 min

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

$215 - $606

Fly to Mackay, train  •  7 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Mackay (MKY) CNS - MKY
  2. Take the train from Mackay to Proserpine

$214 - $609

Train  •  11 h 7 min

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

$77 - $105

Drive  •  8 h

  1. Drive from Cairns to Airlie Beach 389.4 miles

$55 - $80

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Airlie Beach is to drive which costs $75 - $110 and takes 8 h.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Airlie Beach is to fly which costs $310 - $950 and takes 3 h 24 min.

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

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The distance between Cairns and Airlie Beach is 485 km. The road distance is 623.1 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Airlie Beach without a car is to bus which takes 10 h 10 min and costs $75 - $130.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cairns to Airlie Beach is to fly which takes 3 h 24 min and costs $310 - $950. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $75 - $130 and takes 10 h 10 min, you could also train, which costs $100 - $150 and takes 11 h 7 min.

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The quickest flight from Cairns Airport to Hamilton Island Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Cairns to Airlie Beach bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, arrive at Airlie Beach station.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Airlie Beach.
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  • Distance: 303.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 24 min

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

Qantas flies from Cairns to Airlie Beach once daily. Alternatively, Premier Motor Service operates a bus from Cairns to Airlie Beach once daily. Tickets cost $65 - $90 and the journey takes 10 h 10 min. Greyhound Australia also services this route once daily.

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 Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$500 - $2,000
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
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 Mackay via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
11 h
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
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 Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Mackay to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
9 h 31 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
10 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $90
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Cairns to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $95
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$55 - $80
Flexifare
$70 - $95

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Airlie Beach is 623 km. It takes approximately 8 h to drive from Cairns to Airlie Beach.

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Qantas offers flights from Cairns Airport to Hamilton Island Airport.

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The nearest airport to Airlie Beach is Hamilton Island (HTI) Airport which is 25.7 km away. Other nearby airports include Proserpine (PPP) (30 km) and Mackay (MKY) (111.7 km).

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There are 160+ hotels available in Airlie Beach. Prices start at $81 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Cairns Airport is to taxi which takes 7 min and costs $20 - $25.

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