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

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Fly  •  5h 14m

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

$322 - $898

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Train  •  22h 5m

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

$141 - $394

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Bus  •  22h 25m

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

$210 - $280

Drive  •  19h 28m

  1. Drive from Cairns to Hervey Bay 1460.6 km

$190 - $280

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Hervey Bay is to bus which costs $210 - $280 and takes 22h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Hervey Bay is to fly which costs $320 - $900 and takes 5h 14m.

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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, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 22h 25m.

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The distance between Cairns and Hervey Bay is 1186 km. The road distance is 1460.6 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Hervey Bay without a car is to train which takes 22h 5m and costs $140 - $400.

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It takes approximately 5h 14m to get from Cairns to Hervey Bay, including transfers.

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Cairns to Hervey Bay bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, depart from Cairns Central Station.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Hervey Bay is to fly which takes 5h 14m and costs $320 - $900. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $140 - $400 and takes 22h 5m, you could also bus, which costs $210 - $280 and takes 22h 25m.

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There is no direct flight from Cairns Airport to Hervey Bay Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 50m 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: 1185.9 km
  • Duration: 5h 14m

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

Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia fly from Cairns to Hervey Bay every 2 hours. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns to Hervey Bay 5 times a week. Tickets cost $130 - $370 and the journey takes 20h 15m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,300
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,300
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,300
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,600
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
20h 15m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $370
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Queensland Rail Travel
Economy- B-Quick fare
$130 - $190
Economy- A-choice fare
$220 - $320
A-Choice
$369
B-Quick
$203
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Hervey Bay
Ave. Duration
22h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$210 - $280
Website
Premier Motor Service

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Hervey Bay is 1461 km. It takes approximately 19h 28m 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 123+ hotels available in Hervey Bay. Prices start at $150 AUD 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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