There are 3 ways to get from Cairns to Kangaroo Island by plane, train, bus, car ferry, taxi or car

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Fly  •  7 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Kingscote (KGC) CNS - KGC

$404 - $753

Cheapest option

Drive, car ferry  •  38 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Cape Jervis
  2. Take the car ferry from Cape Jervis to Kangaroo Island
  3. Drive from Kangaroo Island to Wisanger

$325 - $455

1 alternative option

Train, bus, car ferry, taxi  •  2 days 22 h

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane Roma Street
  2. Take the train from Brisbane to Central Station 32
  3. Take the train from Sydney to Adelaide Parklands
  4. Take the bus from Adelaide Central Bus Station to Cape Jervis
  5. Take the car ferry from Cape Jervis to Kangaroo Island
  6. Take a taxi from Kangaroo Island to Wisanger

$682 - $1,487

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Kangaroo Island is to drive and car ferry which costs $440 - $650 and takes 38 h 37 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Kangaroo Island is to fly which costs $550 - $1,100 and takes 7 h 14 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Kangaroo Island is 2265 km.

The best way to get from Cairns to Kangaroo Island without a car is to train and bus and car ferry and taxi which takes 2 days 22 h and costs $900 - $2,100.

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It takes approximately 7 h 14 min to get from Cairns to Kangaroo Island, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Cairns Airport to Kingscote Airport. The quickest flight takes 6 h 45 min and has one stopover.

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Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Regional Express and Qantas offer flights from Cairns Airport to Kingscote Airport.

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There are 16+ hotels available in Kangaroo Island. Prices start at $100 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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Map of how to get from Cairns to Kangaroo Island.
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  • Distance: 1415.5 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 14 min

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

Jetstar, Qantas and two other airlines fly from Cairns to Bay of Shoals 5 times a day.

Airlines
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Kingscote via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Kingscote via Brisbane, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$550 - $1,200
Flights from Cairns to Kingscote via Sydney, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$650 - $1,700
Flights from Cairns to Kingscote via Melbourne, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
9 h
When
Friday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,300
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Kingscote via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6 h 52 min
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,000
Train operators
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
5 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $280
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$270
B-Quick
$149
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Brisbane to Central Station
Ave. Duration
14 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $140
1st Class
$120 - $190
Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Sydney to Adelaide Parklands
Ave. Duration
24 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$290 - $700
Schedules at
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$292
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$490 - $650
Low Gold Single Cabin
$500 - $700
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$600 - $800
Bus operators
Sealink
Phone
+61 13 13 01
Email
bookings@sealink.com.au
Website
sealink.com.au
Bus from Adelaide Central Bus Station to Cape Jervis
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $210
Schedules at
sealink.com.au
Ferry operators
Sealink
Phone
+61 13 13 01
Email
bookings@sealink.com.au
Website
sealink.com.au
Car ferry from Cape Jervis to Kangaroo Island
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $36
Schedules at
sealink.com.au
Other operators
Taxi from Kangaroo Island to Wisanger
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Estimated price
$100 - $130

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