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

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Fly to Brisbane  •  4h 1m

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

$81 - $232

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Fly to Gold Coast, bus  •  6h

  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

$103 - $392

Train  •  24h 20m

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

$140 - $270

Bus  •  28h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Brisbane Gx410

$140 - $250

Drive  •  21h 44m

  1. Drive from Cairns to Brisbane 1148.3 miles

$160 - $240

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Brisbane is to fly which costs $110 - $330 and takes 4h 1m.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Brisbane is to fly which costs $110 - $330 and takes 4h 1m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns and arriving at Brisbane. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 28h 25m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Cairns Central Station station and arriving at Brisbane Roma Street. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 24h 20m.

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The distance between Cairns and Brisbane is 1390 km. The road distance is 1837.3 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Brisbane without a car is to train which takes 24h 20m and costs $200 - $380.

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It takes approximately 4h 1m to get from Cairns to Brisbane, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cairns to Brisbane is to fly which takes 4h 1m and costs $110 - $330. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $200 - $380 and takes 24h 20m, you could also bus, which costs $200 - $350 and takes 28h 25m.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Brisbane.
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  • Distance: 868.6 miles
  • Duration: 4h 1m

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

Cathay Pacific, Qantas and three other airlines fly from Cairns to Brisbane hourly. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns to Brisbane once daily. Tickets cost $140 - $270 and the journey takes 24h 20m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $410
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast via Townsville
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $340
Cathay Pacific
Website
cathaypacific.com
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
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
24h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$262
B-Quick
$145
Bus operators
Byron Easybus
Phone
+612 6685 7447
Email
info@byronbus.com
Website
byronbayshuttle.com.au
Bus from Gold Coast Airport to Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $35
Website
Byron Easybus
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
28h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $250
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$150 - $220
Flexifare
$180 - $250
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
29h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $240
Website
Premier Motor Service

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The quickest flight from Cairns Airport to Brisbane Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 5m.

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

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Cairns to Brisbane train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Brisbane Roma Street station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Brisbane is 1837 km. It takes approximately 21h 44m to drive from Cairns to Brisbane.

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Cathay Pacific, Tigerair Australia, Qantas and two other airlines offer flights from Cairns Airport to Brisbane Airport.

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There are 613+ hotels available in Brisbane. Prices start at $70 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Cairns Airport is to shuttle which takes 15m and costs $23 - $25.

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