There are 5 ways to get from Cairns to Brisbane 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 Brisbane  •  2 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Brisbane (BNE) CNS - BNE

$80 - $234

4 alternative options

Fly to Gold Coast, bus  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Gold Coast (OOL) CNS - OOL
  2. Take the bus from Gold Coast Airport to Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop

$102 - $393

Train  •  24 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane Roma Street Spirit of Queensland

$150 - $280

Bus  •  30 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Brisbane Gx411

$170 - $280

Drive  •  21 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Brisbane 1148.3 miles

$160 - $240

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

Qantas, Cathay Pacific and three other airlines fly from Cairns to Brisbane hourly. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns to Brisbane 5 times a week. Tickets cost $150 - $280 and the journey takes 24 h 20 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane via Townsville
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $440
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $340
Cathay Pacific
Website
cathaypacific.com
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
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
5 times a week
Estimated price
$150 - $280
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$279
B-Quick
$153
Bus operators
Byron Easybus
Website
byronbayshuttle.com.au
Bus from Gold Coast Airport to Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $35
Schedules at
byronbayshuttle.com.au
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
30 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$170 - $280
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$170 - $240
Flexifare
$200 - $280

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Cairns and Brisbane is 1390 km. The road distance is 1837 km.

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Brisbane is to fly which costs $100 - $320 and takes 2 h 54 min.

The quickest way to get from Cairns to Brisbane is to fly which takes 2 h 54 min and costs $100 - $320.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Brisbane Roma Street. Services depart five times a week. The journey takes approximately 24 h 20 min.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns and arriving at Brisbane. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 30 h 55 min.

It takes approximately 2 h 54 min to get from Cairns to Brisbane, including transfers.