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There are 4 ways to get from Cairns to Hamilton Island by plane, bus, ferry or train

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Fly  •  2 h 30 min

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

$187 - $617

Cheapest option

Bus Greyhound Australia, ferry  •  11 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Airlie Beach Gx410
  2. Take the ferry from Shute Harbour to Hamilton Island Marina

$91 - $135

2 alternative options

Bus Premier Motor Service, ferry  •  12 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Airlie Beach
  2. Take the ferry from Port of Airlie to Hamilton Island Marina

$105 - $155

Train, ferry  •  12 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Proserpine Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the ferry from Port of Airlie to Hamilton Island Marina

$114 - $172

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Hamilton Island is to bus and ferry which costs $120 - $190 and takes 11 h 39 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Hamilton Island is to fly which costs $260 - $900 and takes 2 h 30 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Hamilton Island is 508 km.

The best way to get from Cairns to Hamilton Island without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 11 h 39 min and costs $120 - $190.

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It takes approximately 2 h 30 min to get from Cairns to Hamilton 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 15 min.

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Qantas offers flights from Cairns Airport to Hamilton Island Airport.

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There are 96+ hotels available in Hamilton Island. Prices start at $100 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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Map of how to get from Cairns to Hamilton Island.
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  • Distance: 317.7 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 30 min

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

Qantas flies from Cairns to Hamilton Island once daily.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 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 26 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $100
Book at
Queensland Rail Travel
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 Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$50 - $75
Flexifare
$65 - $90
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
10 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $85
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Ferry operators
Cruise Whitsundays
Phone
+61 07 4846 7000
Email
reservations@cruisewhitsundays.com
Website
cruisewhitsundays.com
Ferry from Shute Harbour to Hamilton Island Marina
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$39 - $44
Schedules at
cruisewhitsundays.com
Ferry from Port of Airlie to Hamilton Island Marina
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $70
Schedules at
cruisewhitsundays.com

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