There are 3 ways to get from Cairns to Daydream Island by plane, bus, ferry or train

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Fly  •  3 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Hamilton Island (HTI) CNS - HTI

$215 - $663

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry  •  11 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Airlie Beach Gx411
  2. Take the ferry from Airlie Beach to Daydream Island

$85 - $124

1 alternative option

Train, ferry  •  12 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Proserpine Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the ferry from Airlie Beach to Daydream Island

$105 - $134

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Daydream Island is to bus and ferry which costs $110 - $180 and takes 11 h 37 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Daydream Island is to fly which costs $290 - $950 and takes 3 h 10 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Daydream Island is 490 km.

The best way to get from Cairns to Daydream Island without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 11 h 37 min and costs $110 - $180.

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It takes approximately 3 h 10 min to get from Cairns to Daydream Island, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Cairns Airport to Hamilton Island Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Qantas offers flights from Cairns Airport to Hamilton Island Airport.

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There are 217+ hotels available in Daydream Island. Prices start at $80 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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Map of how to get from Cairns to Daydream Island.
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  • Distance: 306.4 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 10 min

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Daydream Island, QLD, Australia?

Qantas flies from Cairns to Daydream Island once daily.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
9 h 31 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
10 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $90
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 Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$50 - $80
Flexifare
$65 - $95
Ferry operators

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