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

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Fly to Gold Coast  •  3 h 56 min

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

$80 - $364

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Fly to Brisbane, train  •  5 h 48 min

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

$90 - $246

Train  •  26 h 16 min

  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 Nerang, platform 1 Bdvl / ...

$154 - $279

Bus  •  31 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Surfers Paradise

$199 - $260

Bus, train  •  32 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Brisbane Gx411
  2. Take the train from Roma Street, platform 4 to Helensvale, platform 1 Bdvl / ...

$169 - $273

Drive  •  22 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Gold Coast 1182.4 miles

$160 - $250

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Cairns station to Gold Coast. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Surfers Paradise via Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 31 h 20 min.

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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 26 h 16 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 56 min to get from Cairns to Gold Coast, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Cairns to Gold Coast is to fly which takes 3 h 56 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 26 h 16 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 31 h 20 min.

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The quickest flight from Cairns Airport to Gold Coast Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 5 min.

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Cairns to Gold Coast bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, arrive at Surfers Paradise station.

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

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Qantas and Jetstar offer flights from Cairns Airport to Gold Coast Airport.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Gold Coast.
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  • Distance: 913.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 56 min

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

Jetstar and Qantas fly from Cairns to Gold Coast twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cairns to Gold Coast via Brisbane Roma Street, Roma Street, platform 4, Nerang, platform 1, and Nerang station, stop A in around 26 h 16 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $650
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
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $350
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, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Train operators
TRANSLink QLD
Website
translink.com.au
Train from International Airport, platform 1 to Nerang, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$15 - $19
Standard
$17 - $23
Train from Roma Street, platform 4 to Nerang, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Train from Roma Street, platform 4 to Helensvale, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
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
24 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$264
B-Quick
$145
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
29 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$180 - $250
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Surfers Paradise
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $15
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.

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Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
30 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160 - $260
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$160 - $230
Flexifare
$190 - $260

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There are 1006+ 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 15 min and costs .

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