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

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Bus  •  6 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Ayr Gx410

$35 - $65

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Train  •  7 h 22 min

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

$50 - $75

Drive  •  5 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Ayr 271.8 miles

$35 - $60

Fly, train  •  5 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Townsville (TSV) CNS - TSV
  2. Take the train from Townsville to Ayr

$121 - $398

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Ayr is to drive which costs $50 - $80 and takes 5 h 21 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Ayr is to drive which costs $50 - $80 and takes 5 h 21 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns and arriving at Ayr. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 20 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Cairns Central Station station and arriving at Ayr. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h 22 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Ayr is 342 km. The road distance is 434.9 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Ayr without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 20 min and costs $50 - $90.

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The bus from Cairns to Ayr takes 6 h 20 min including transfers and departs twice daily.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cairns to Ayr is to bus which takes 6 h 20 min and costs $50 - $90. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $70 - $110 and takes 7 h 22 min.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Ayr.
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  • Distance: 213.7 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 20 min

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Ayr, QLD, Australia?

Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Cairns to Ayr once daily. Tickets cost $35 - $65 and the journey takes 6 h 20 min. Premier Motor Service also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns to Ayr once daily. Tickets cost $50 - $75 and the journey takes 7 h 22 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $390
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $390
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Ayr
Ave. Duration
7 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
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Queensland Rail Travel
Train from Townsville to Ayr
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $21
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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 Cairns to Ayr
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $65
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Saver
$35 - $50
Flexifare
$45 - $65
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Ayr
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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The quickest flight from Cairns Airport to Townsville Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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

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Cairns to Ayr train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Ayr station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Ayr is 435 km. It takes approximately 5 h 21 min to drive from Cairns to Ayr.

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Regional Express and Qantas offer flights from Cairns Airport to Townsville Airport.

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There are nine+ hotels available in Ayr. Prices start at $100 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 $23 - $25.

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