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

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Fly  •  4 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Hervey Bay (HVB) CNS - HVB

$222 - $588

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Bus  •  22 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Hervey Bay Gx411

$120 - $250

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Train  •  21 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Maryborough West Spirit of Queensland

$156 - $281

Drive  •  19 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Hervey Bay 913.5 miles

$130 - $190

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Hervey Bay is to drive which costs $180 - $270 and takes 19 h 49 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Hervey Bay is to fly which costs $300 - $850 and takes 4 h 6 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns Central Station station and arriving at Hervey Bay. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 22 h 25 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Hervey Bay is 1186 km. The road distance is 1461.6 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Hervey Bay without a car is to train which takes 21 h 52 min and costs $210 - $390.

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It takes approximately 4 h 6 min to get from Cairns to Hervey Bay, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Cairns to Hervey Bay is to fly which takes 4 h 6 min and costs $300 - $850. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $210 - $390 and takes 21 h 52 min, you could also bus, which costs $170 - $350 and takes 22 h 25 min.

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There is no direct flight from Cairns Airport to Hervey Bay Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 50 min and has one stopover.

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Cairns to Hervey Bay bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, arrive at Hervey Bay station.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Hervey Bay.
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  • Distance: 741.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 6 min

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Hervey Bay, QLD, Australia?

Qantas, Virgin Australia and two other airlines fly from Cairns to Hervey Bay every 3 hours. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns to Hervey Bay 5 times a week. Tickets cost $140 - $270 and the journey takes 19 h 57 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Maryborough West
Ave. Duration
19 h 57 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $270
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$266
B-Quick
$147
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Hervey Bay
Ave. Duration
22 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $200
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 Hervey Bay - Pialba
Ave. Duration
23 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $250
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Hervey Bay is 1462 km. It takes approximately 19 h 49 min to drive from Cairns to Hervey Bay.

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Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Cairns Airport to Hervey Bay Airport.

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There are 82+ hotels available in Hervey Bay. Prices start at $61 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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