Travel from Cairns to Airlie-Beach

Train, bus or fly from Cairns to Airlie Beach?

Virgin Australia, Jetstar and two other airlines fly from Cairns to Airlie Beach every 2 hours. Alternatively, Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Cairns to Airlie Beach once daily. Tickets cost $55 - $110 and the journey takes 10 hours 45 minutes.

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How to get from Cairns to Airlie Beach

ModeDurationPrice
From Cairns taxi to Cairns airport, fly to Hamilton Island airport, then ferry to Airlie Beach.3 h 17 min$329
From Cairns taxi to Cairns airport, fly to Mackay airport, taxi to Mackay, then bus to Airlie Beach.5 h 55 min$241
From Cairns taxi to Cairns airport, fly to Proserpine airport, taxi to Mill St at Proserpine, then line 1 bus to Airlie Beach.6 h 32 min$266
From Cairns bus to Airlie Beach.10 h 45 min$83
From Cairns Central Station train to Proserpine, walk to Mill St at Proserpine, then line 1 bus to Shute Harbour Rd at Airlie Beach Central.12 h 2 min$97
From Cairns drive to Airlie Beach.8 h$67

How long does it take to get from Cairns to Airlie Beach?

It takes approximately 3 hours 17 minutes to get from Cairns to Airlie Beach, including transfers.

Is there a direct bus between Cairns and Airlie Beach?

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns and arriving at Airlie Beach. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10 hours 45 minutes.

Operators from Cairns to Airlie Beach

OperatorPhoneWebsite
QantasQantas
Cruise Whitsundays+61 07 4846 7000Cruise Whitsundays
Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia
JetstarJetstar
Regional ExpressRegional Express
Cathay PacificCathay Pacific
Greyhound Australia1300 473946Greyhound Australia
Whitsunday TransitWhitsunday Transit
Queensland RailQueensland Rail
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    Cairns to Airlie Beach:

    1. Trip:
      1 Fly to Hamilton Island, ferry
      • One-Way approx: USD $231 - $694
      • Duration: 3 h 17 min
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      2 Fly to Mackay, bus
      • One-Way approx: USD $214 - $623
      • Duration: 5 h 55 min
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        2 Fly to Mackay, bus
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        • Duration: 5 h 55 min
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      3 Fly to Proserpine
      • One-Way approx: USD $218 - $612
      • Duration: 6 h 32 min
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        3 Fly to Proserpine
        • One-Way approx: USD $218 - $612
        • Duration: 6 h 32 min
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      4 Bus
      • One-Way approx: USD $55 - $110
      • Duration: 10 h 45 min
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      5 Train
      • One-Way approx: USD $82 - $113
      • Duration: 12 h 2 min
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      6 Drive
      • One-Way approx: USD $55 - $80
      • Duration: 8 h
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        • Duration: 8 h
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