There are 6 ways to get from Cairns to Caloundra by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Brisbane, train  •  5 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Brisbane (BNE) CNS - BNE
  2. Take the train from Eagle Junction, platform 4 to Landsborough, platform 1

$89 - $247

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Fly to Maroochydore  •  7 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Maroochydore (MCY) CNS - MCY

$302 - $449

Fly to Gold Coast, bus, train  •  7 h 36 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
  3. Take the train from Roma Street, platform 9 to Landsborough, platform 1

$112 - $420

Train  •  23 h 53 min

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

$156 - $280

Bus  •  28 h 18 min

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

$158 - $258

Drive  •  21 h 41 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Caloundra 1008.2 miles

$140 - $210

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Caloundra is to fly and train which costs $120 - $340 and takes 5 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Caloundra is to fly and train which costs $120 - $340 and takes 5 h 57 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairns station to Caloundra station. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Caloundra station via Brisbane Rd at Mooloolaba Bowls Club. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 28 h 18 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Caloundra is 1335 km. The road distance is 1613.1 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Caloundra without a car is to train which takes 23 h 53 min and costs $210 - $390.

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It takes approximately 5 h 57 min to get from Cairns to Caloundra, including transfers.

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Cairns to Caloundra bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, arrive at Cairns Central Station.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Caloundra is to fly which takes 7 h 52 min and costs $410 - $650. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $210 - $390 and takes 23 h 53 min, you could also bus, which costs $210 - $360 and takes 28 h 18 min.

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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 Caloundra bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, arrive at Mooloolaba station.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Caloundra.
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  • Distance: 834.1 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 57 min

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

Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia fly from Cairns to Caloundra hourly. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns to Caloundra 5 times a week. Tickets cost $140 - $270 and the journey takes 22 h 5 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
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 Maroochydore via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
9 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $420
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,000
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 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $490
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 Maroochydore via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $420
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
9 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $420
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Brisbane, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $430
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 22 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 Maroochydore via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$380 - $900
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Sydney
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
7 h 47 min
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Sydney, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $900
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $340
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $310
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
TRANSLink QLD
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Eagle Junction, platform 4 to Landsborough, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
translink.com.au
Train from Roma Street, platform 9 to Landsborough, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
translink.com.au
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Landsborough
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Nambour
Ave. Duration
22 h 5 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $270
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$269
B-Quick
$148
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
$26 - $35
Schedules at
byronbayshuttle.com.au
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Mooloolaba
Ave. Duration
27 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$180 - $240
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 Mooloolaba
Ave. Duration
29 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $260
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$150 - $220
Flexifare
$180 - $250

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Caloundra is 1613 km. It takes approximately 21 h 41 min to drive from Cairns to Caloundra.

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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 406+ hotels available in Caloundra. Prices start at $98 USD per night.

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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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