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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to Gold Coast  •  4h 6m

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Gold Coast (OOL) CNS - OOL

$80 - $363

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Fly to Brisbane, train  •  5h 51m

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Brisbane (BNE) CNS - BNE
  2. Take the train from International Airport, platform 1 to Helensvale, platform 1

$88 - $243

Train  •  26h 19m

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane Roma Street Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the train from Roma Street, platform 4 to Helensvale, platform 1 Bdvl / ...

$152 - $276

Bus  •  30h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Brisbane Gx410
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane Coach Terminal to Surfers Paradise Gx426 / ...

$151 - $264

Bus, train  •  31h 7m

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane
  2. Take the train from Roma Street, platform 4 to Helensvale, platform 1 Bdvl / ...

$158 - $256

Drive  •  22h 16m

  1. Drive from Cairns to Gold Coast 1182.4 miles

$160 - $250

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Gold Coast is to fly and train which costs $120 - $350 and takes 5h 51m.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Gold Coast is to fly which costs $110 - $550 and takes 4h 6m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairns to Gold Coast. However, there are services departing from Cairns and arriving at Surfers Paradise via Brisbane Coach Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 30h 40m.

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The distance between Cairns and Gold Coast is 1461 km. The road distance is 1891.8 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Gold Coast without a car is to train which takes 26h 19m and costs $210 - $390.

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It takes approximately 4h 6m to get from Cairns to Gold Coast, including transfers.

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Cairns to Gold Coast bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Cairns station.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Gold Coast is to fly which takes 4h 6m and costs $110 - $550. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $210 - $390 and takes 26h 19m, you could also bus, which costs $210 - $380 and takes 30h 40m.

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The quickest flight from Cairns Airport to Gold Coast Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 15m.

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Cairns to Gold Coast bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Surfers Paradise station.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Gold Coast.
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  • Distance: 913.1 miles
  • Duration: 4h 6m

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Gold Coast, QLD, Australia?

Jetstar, Virgin Australia and two other airlines fly from Cairns to Gold Coast 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cairns to Gold Coast via Brisbane Roma Street, Roma Street, platform 4, Helensvale, platform 1, and Helensvale, platform 5 in around 26h 19m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
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 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast via Townsville
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $410
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
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 Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
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 Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
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 International Airport, platform 1 to Helensvale, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $22
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$14 - $19
Standard
$16 - $22
Train from Roma Street, platform 4 to Helensvale, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
jp.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 Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
24h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$262
B-Quick
$145
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 Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
28h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $250
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$150 - $220
Flexifare
$180 - $250
Bus from Brisbane Coach Terminal to Surfers Paradise
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $19
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$6 - $9
Flexifare
$13 - $19
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
29h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $250
Website
Premier Motor Service

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Gold Coast is 1892 km. It takes approximately 22h 16m to drive from Cairns to Gold Coast.

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Qantas, Airnorth, Virgin Australia and Jetstar offer flights from Cairns Airport to Gold Coast Airport.

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There are 1073+ hotels available in Gold Coast. Prices start at $92 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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