There are 5 ways to get from Cairns to Blue Mountains by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly, train  •  6 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Sydney (SYD) CNS - SYD
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Wentworth Falls Station

$221 - $514

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Train  •  42 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane Roma Street
  2. Take the train from Brisbane to Strathfield Station 32
  3. Take the train from Strathfield Station to Wentworth Falls Station

$345 - $552

Bus, train  •  2 days 0 h

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Brisbane
  2. Take the train from Brisbane to Strathfield Station 32
  3. Take the train from Strathfield Station to Blackheath Station

$328 - $499

Bus  •  2 days 4 h

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Chatswood

$399 - $536

Drive  •  27 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Blue Mountains 1483.2 miles

$210 - $310

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Blue Mountains is to drive which costs $290 - $430 and takes 27 h 59 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Blue Mountains is to fly and train which costs $300 - $750 and takes 6 h 20 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Blue Mountains is 1910 km. The road distance is 2373 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Blue Mountains without a car is to train which takes 42 h 8 min and costs $470 - $800.

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It takes approximately 6 h 20 min to get from Cairns to Blue Mountains, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Blue Mountains is to train which takes 42 h 8 min and costs $470 - $800. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $550 - $750 and takes 2 days 4 h.

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The quickest flight from Cairns Airport to Sydney Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 55 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Blue Mountains is 2373 km. It takes approximately 27 h 59 min to drive from Cairns to Blue Mountains.

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Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Cairns Airport to Sydney Airport.

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There are 248+ hotels available in Blue Mountains. Prices start at $72 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Blue Mountains.
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  • Distance: 1193.5 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 20 min

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia?

You can take a train from Cairns to Blue Mountains via Brisbane Roma Street, Brisbane, Strathfield Station, and Wentworth Falls Station in around 42 h 8 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cairns to Blue Mountains via Brisbane, Chatswood, Chatswood Station, Victoria Av, Stand G, Lane Cove Rd Before Waterloo Rd, Waterloo Rd Before Lane Cove Rd, Blacktown Station, Stand D, Blacktown Station, Penrith Station, Penrith Station, Stand D, and Station St Opp Wentworth Falls Station in around 2 days 4 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Sydney
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Sydney via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Sydney via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Sydney
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Cairns to Sydney via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Sydney
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Flights from Cairns to Sydney via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Sydney
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Flights from Cairns to Sydney via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Train operators
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Wentworth Falls Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$9 - $14
1st Class
$13 - $19
Train from Brisbane to Strathfield Station
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $140
1st Class
$120 - $190
Train from Strathfield Station to Wentworth Falls Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$8 - $13
1st Class
$11 - $17
Train from Strathfield Station to Blackheath Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$10 - $15
1st Class
$14 - $21
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
5 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $270
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$268
B-Quick
$147
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 Brisbane
Ave. Duration
30 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160 - $270
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$160 - $230
Flexifare
$190 - $270
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
29 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$190 - $250
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Chatswood
Ave. Duration
17 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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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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