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There are 7 ways to get from Cairns to Caloundra by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Brisbane, train  •  7h 2m

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

$90 - $246

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Fly to Gold Coast, bus  •  7h 12m

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Gold Coast (OOL) CNS - OOL
  2. Take the bus from Gold Coast Airport to Caloundra

$122 - $406

Fly to Maroochydore  •  9h 2m

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

$304 - $448

Train  •  23h 51m

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

$152 - $274

Bus Premier Motor Service  •  28h 18m

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Mooloolaba

$153 - $237

Bus Greyhound Australia  •  30h 8m

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Mooloolaba Gx411

$155 - $251

Drive  •  21h 41m

  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 - $350 and takes 7h 2m.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Caloundra is to fly and train which costs $120 - $350 and takes 7h 2m.

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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 28h 18m.

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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 23h 51m and costs $210 - $390.

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It takes approximately 7h 2m 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 9h 2m and costs $420 - $650. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $210 - $390 and takes 23h 51m, you could also bus, which costs $210 - $340 and takes 28h 18m.

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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 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: 7h 2m

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

Jetstar, Qantas and two other airlines fly from Cairns to Caloundra hourly. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns to Caloundra once daily. Tickets cost $140 - $270 and the journey takes 22h 5m.

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
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $420
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Gold Coast, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $420
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,000
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Hamilton Island, Sydney
Ave. Duration
9h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,000
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Alice Springs, Sydney
Ave. Duration
10h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$470 - $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
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $420
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $420
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Gold Coast, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $420
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Melbourne, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $420
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, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Sydney
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Melbourne, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $900
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Brisbane, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
9h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$410 - $900
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Sydney, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
10h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $900
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
TRANSLink QLD
Phone
13 12 30
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Eagle Junction, platform 4 to Landsborough, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
translink.com.au
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Nambour
Ave. Duration
22h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$262
B-Quick
$145
Bus operators
Coast 2 Coast Bus Service
Phone
+61 (0) 435 031 564
Email
info@coast2coastbuses.com
Website
coast2coastbuses.com
Bus from Gold Coast Airport to Caloundra
Ave. Duration
2h 42m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $49
Schedules at
coast2coastbuses.com
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Mooloolaba
Ave. Duration
27h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $240
Website
Premier Motor Service
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
29h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $250
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 21h 41m to drive from Cairns to Caloundra.

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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 436+ hotels available in Caloundra. Prices start at $95 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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