There are 4 ways to get from Cairns to Alice Springs by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  3 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Alice Springs (ASP) CNS - ASP

$349 - $1,344

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Bus  •  32 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Townsville
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Tennant Creek
  3. Take the bus from Tennant Creek to Alice Springs

$188 - $348

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Train  •  3 days 19 h

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane Roma Street
  2. Take the train from Brisbane to Central Station 32
  3. Take the train from Sydney to Adelaide Parklands
  4. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Alice Springs

$855 - $1,795

Drive  •  24 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Alice Springs 1460.5 miles

$200 - $310

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairns to Alice Springs. However, there are services departing from Cairns and arriving at Alice Springs via Townsville and Tennant Creek. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 32 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cairns station to Alice Springs. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Alice Springs via Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide Parklands. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 19 h.

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The distance between Cairns and Alice Springs is 1449 km. The road distance is 2336.8 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Alice Springs without a car is to bus which takes 32 h 15 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 55 min to get from Cairns to Alice Springs, including transfers.

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Cairns to Alice Springs bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Cairns station.

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Cairns to Alice Springs train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Cairns Central Station.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Alice Springs is to fly which takes 3 h 55 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 32 h 15 min, you could also train, which costs and takes 3 days 19 h.

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The quickest flight from Cairns Airport to Alice Springs Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 25 min.

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Cairns to Alice Springs bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Alice Springs station.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Alice Springs.
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  • Distance: 905.6 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 55 min

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Alice Springs, NT, Australia?

Qantas flies from Cairns to Alice Springs twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cairns to Alice Springs via Townsville and Tennant Creek in around 32 h 15 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,300
Flights from Cairns to Alice Springs via Ayers Rock
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,300
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
24 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$140 - $270
Book at
Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$264
B-Quick
$145
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Brisbane to Central Station
Ave. Duration
14 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $190
Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Sydney to Adelaide Parklands
Ave. Duration
24 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$280 - $700
Book at
Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$285
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$480 - $650
Low Gold Single Cabin
$500 - $700
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$600 - $800
Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Adelaide Parklands to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
25 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$340 - $700
Book at
Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$348
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$639
Low Gold Single Cabin
$701
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$830
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 Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $55
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$28 - $40
Flexifare
$35 - $55
Bus from Townsville to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
19 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$120 - $220
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210
Bus from Tennant Creek to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$40 - $60
Flexifare
$50 - $75
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Townsville
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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Alice Springs is 30 min behind Cairns. It is currently 5:39 PM in Cairns and 5:09 PM in Alice Springs.

Cairns to Alice Springs train services, operated by Great Southern Rail - The Ghan, arrive at Alice Springs station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Alice Springs is 2337 km. It takes approximately 24 h 13 min to drive from Cairns to Alice Springs.

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Qantas offers flights from Cairns Airport to Alice Springs Airport.

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There are 25+ hotels available in Alice Springs. Prices start at $49 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Cairns Airport is to shuttle which takes 15 min and costs .

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