There are 4 ways to get from Cairns to Hervey Bay 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.

Recommended option

Fly  •  4 h 6 min

  1. CNS - HVB

$223 - $590

Cheapest option

Bus  •  23 h 45 min

  1. Gx411

$130 - $270

2 alternative options

Train  •  21 h 52 min

  1. Spirit of Queensland

$164 - $294

Drive  •  19 h 49 min

  1. 913.5 miles

$130 - $190

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 $150 - $280 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 21 min
When
Monday, Friday, 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, 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
$150 - $280
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$278
B-Quick
$153
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
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
$130 - $270
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$160 - $220

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Cairns and Hervey Bay is 1186 km. The road distance is 1462 km.

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Hervey Bay is to drive which costs $170 - $250 and takes 19 h 49 min.

The quickest way to get from Cairns to Hervey Bay is to fly which takes 4 h 6 min and costs $290 - $800.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns and arriving at Hervey Bay - Pialba. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 23 h 45 min.

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