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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  •  4 h 1 min

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

$81 - $232

4 alternative options

Fly to Gold Coast, bus  •  5 h 50 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

$103 - $392

Train  •  24 h 20 min

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

$140 - $270

Bus  •  29 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane Gx411

$150 - $260

Drive  •  21 h 44 min

  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 4 h 1 min.

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

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns Central Station station and arriving at Brisbane. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 29 h 5 min.

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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. The journey takes approximately 24 h 20 min.

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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 24 h 20 min and costs $200 - $380.

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

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Cairns to Brisbane bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, arrive at Cairns Central 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 4 h 1 min and costs $110 - $330. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $200 - $380 and takes 24 h 20 min, you could also bus, which costs $220 - $370 and takes 29 h 5 min.

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

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 once daily. Tickets cost $140 - $270 and the journey takes 24 h 20 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane via Townsville
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
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 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $650
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 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
When
Every day
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
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$262
B-Quick
$145
Bus operators
Byron Easybus
Website
byronbayshuttle.com.au
Bus from Gold Coast Airport to Brisbane Roma St Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $35
Schedules at
byronbayshuttle.com.au
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
$180 - $250
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
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
$150 - $260
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$150 - $230
Flexifare
$180 - $260

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

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Cairns to Brisbane bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, 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 21 h 44 min to drive from Cairns to Brisbane.

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

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There are 617+ hotels available in Brisbane. Prices start at $74 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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