• Our partners include:

  • Booking.com
  • Skyscanner
  • Airbnb
  • Expedia
  • Uber
  • Rentalcars.com

There are 5 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  •  4h 35m

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

$227 - $657

Cheapest option

Bus  •  9h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Airlie Beach Gx410

$50 - $90

3 alternative options

Fly to Mackay, bus  •  7h 23m

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

$213 - $612

Train  •  11h 8m

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

$73 - $102

Drive  •  8h

  1. Drive from Cairns to Airlie Beach 389.4 miles

$55 - $80

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Airlie Beach is to drive which costs $75 - $120 and takes 8h.

More details

The quickest way to get from Cairns to Airlie Beach is to fly which costs $310 - $950 and takes 4h 35m.

More details

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns and arriving at Airlie Beach. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9h 40m.

More details

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

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Cairns to Airlie Beach without a car is to bus which takes 9h 40m and costs $70 - $130.

More details

It takes approximately 4h 35m to get from Cairns to Airlie Beach, including transfers.

More details

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

More details

The best way to get from Cairns to Airlie Beach is to fly which takes 4h 35m and costs $310 - $950. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $70 - $130 and takes 9h 40m, you could also train, which costs $100 - $150 and takes 11h 8m.

Mode details

The quickest flight from Cairns Airport to Hamilton Island Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

Search flights

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

More details

Map of how to get from Cairns to Airlie Beach.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 303.1 miles
  • Duration: 4h 35m

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 $50 - $90 and the journey takes 9h 40m. Premier Motor Service also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 42m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
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
9h 26m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $100
Book at
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 Mackay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$12 - $18
Flexifare
$20 - $28
Bus from Cairns to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$50 - $75
Flexifare
$65 - $90
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $23
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
10h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Website
Premier Motor Service

Want to know more about travelling around Australia

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

More Questions & Answers

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

Get driving directions

Qantas offers flights from Cairns Airport to Hamilton Island Airport.

Search flights

There are 204+ hotels available in Airlie Beach. Prices start at $81 USD per night.

More details

The best way to get from Cairns to Cairns Airport is to shuttle which takes 15m and costs $23 - $25.

More details