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

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  •  7 h 14 min

  1. CNS - KGC

$406 - $758

Cheapest option

Drive, car ferry  •  38 h 37 min

$327 - $457

2 alternative options

Bus, drive, car ferry  •  2 days 10 h

$394 - $640

Train, bus, drive, car ferry  •  2 days 23 h

  1. 32

$612 - $1,194

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

Jetstar, Qantas and Regional Express fly from Cairns to Bay of Shoals 4 times a day.

Airlines
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Kingscote via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
9 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Kingscote via Brisbane, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,300
Flights from Cairns to Kingscote via Sydney, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$650 - $1,700
Flights from Cairns to Kingscote via Alice Springs, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$600 - $1,600
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Kingscote via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$490 - $700
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
$150 - $280
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$279
B-Quick
$154
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
$95 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$95 - $140
1st Class
$130 - $200
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
$300 - $700
Schedules at
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$302
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$500 - $700
Low Gold Single Cabin
$500 - $700
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$600 - $850
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$30 - $45
Flexifare
$40 - $60
Bus from Townsville to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
26 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$170 - $290
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$170 - $260
Flexifare
$210 - $290
Bus from Alice Springs to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
19 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$150 - $220
LinkSA
Phone
+61 (0)8 8339 7544
Email
info@linksa.com.au
Website
linksa.com.au
Bus from Adelaide Central Bus Station to Encounter Bay Maude St Stop 4
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $19
Schedules at
linksa.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
3 times a day
Estimated price
$37 - $38
Schedules at
sealink.com.au

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Cairns and Kangaroo Island is 2265 km.

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Kangaroo Island is to drive and car ferry which costs $430 - $650 and takes 38 h 37 min.

The quickest way to get from Cairns to Kangaroo Island is to fly which takes 7 h 14 min and costs $500 - $1,000.

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