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There are 4 ways to get from Cairns to Emerald by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Emerald (EMD) CNS - EMD

$183 - $346

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Bus  •  21 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Rockhampton George Street
  2. Take the bus from Rockhampton to Emerald station Gx475 / ...

$133 - $224

2 alternative options

Train  •  21 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Rockhampton Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the train from Rockhampton to Emerald Spirit of the Outback

$157 - $217

Drive  •  11 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Emerald 599.5 miles

$85 - $130

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Emerald is to drive which costs $120 - $180 and takes 11 h 27 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Emerald is to fly which costs $250 - $490 and takes 6 h 5 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairns station to Emerald station. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Emerald station via Rockhampton. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 21 h 40 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cairns station to Emerald. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Emerald via Rockhampton. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 21 h 44 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Emerald is 776 km. The road distance is 959.2 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Emerald without a car is to bus which takes 21 h 40 min and costs $180 - $320.

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It takes approximately 6 h 5 min to get from Cairns to Emerald, including transfers.

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

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Cairns to Emerald train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Cairns Central Station.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Emerald is to fly which takes 6 h 5 min and costs $250 - $490. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $180 - $320 and takes 21 h 40 min, you could also train, which costs $220 - $310 and takes 21 h 44 min.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Emerald.
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  • Distance: 484.7 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 5 min

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

Virgin Australia, Qantas and two other airlines fly from Cairns to Emerald hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cairns to Emerald via Rockhampton in around 21 h 40 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Emerald via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Flights from Cairns to Emerald via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Emerald via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Cairns to Emerald via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
15 h 54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $170
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Queensland Rail Travel
Train from Rockhampton to Emerald
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$35 - $50
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Queensland Rail Travel
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Rockhampton George Street
Ave. Duration
16 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $150
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 Rockhampton to Emerald station
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $80
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$22 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $45

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There is no direct flight from Cairns Airport to Emerald Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 50 min and has one stopover.

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Cairns to Emerald bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Emerald station.

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Cairns to Emerald train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Emerald station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Emerald is 959 km. It takes approximately 11 h 27 min to drive from Cairns to Emerald.

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Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Cairns Airport to Emerald Airport.

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There are 22+ hotels available in Emerald. Prices start at $67 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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