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

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Fly to Brisbane, bus  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Brisbane (BNE) CNS - BNE
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane International Airport to Mooloolaba

$85 - $251

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Fly to Maroochydore  •  6 h 20 min

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

$298 - $443

Fly to Gold Coast, bus  •  7 h 33 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 bus from Brisbane to Coolum Beach

$111 - $418

Train  •  22 h 25 min

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

$192 - $323

Bus  •  27 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Noosa Heads Junction Gx411

$152 - $263

Drive  •  21 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Coolum Beach 996.5 miles

$140 - $210

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Coolum Beach is to fly and bus which costs $110 - $350 and takes 5 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Coolum Beach is to fly and bus which costs $110 - $350 and takes 5 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairns station to Coolum Beach. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at David Low Way at Coolum Beach via Noosa Junction station stop B. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 27 h 30 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Coolum Beach is 1308 km. The road distance is 1594.4 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Coolum Beach without a car is to train which takes 22 h 25 min and costs $260 - $450.

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It takes approximately 5 h 30 min to get from Cairns to Coolum Beach, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Cairns to Coolum Beach is to fly which takes 6 h 20 min and costs $410 - $650. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $260 - $450 and takes 22 h 25 min, you could also bus, which costs $200 - $370 and takes 27 h 30 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 Coolum Beach bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, arrive at Noosa Heads Junction station.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Coolum Beach.
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  • Distance: 817.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 30 min

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Coolum Beach, QLD, Australia?

Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia fly from Cairns to Coolum Beach hourly. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns to Coolum Beach 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 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $420
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,000
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
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 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $420
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Gold Coast, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$300 - $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 11 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 Sydney
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Maroochydore via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
7 h 42 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
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 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, 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 Nambour
Ave. Duration
22 h 5 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $270
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$268
B-Quick
$148
Bus operators
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 Brisbane International Airport to Mooloolaba
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $22
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$8 - $12
Flexifare
$15 - $22
Bus from Brisbane to Coolum Beach
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$10 - $15
Flexifare
$18 - $25
Bus from Cairns to Noosa Junction
Ave. Duration
28 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $260
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$150 - $220
Flexifare
$170 - $250
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 Noosa Heads Junction
Ave. Duration
26 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$170 - $240
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Coolum Beach is 1594 km. It takes approximately 21 h 31 min to drive from Cairns to Coolum Beach.

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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 915+ hotels available in Coolum Beach. Prices start at $108 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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