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

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Fly to Kingscote  •  8h 26m

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

$405 - $752

Cheapest option

Fly to Adelaide, bus, car ferry  •  10h 51m

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Adelaide (ADL) CNS - ADL
  2. Take the bus from Adelaide Central Bus Station to Cape Jervis
  3. Take the car ferry from Cape Jervis to Kangaroo Island

$259 - $594

2 alternative options

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

  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

$668 - $1,217

Drive, car ferry  •  38h 36m

  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 - $454

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Kangaroo Island is to drive and car ferry which costs $450 - $650 and takes 38h 36m.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Kangaroo Island is to fly which costs $550 - $1,100 and takes 8h 26m.

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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 23h and costs $900 - $1,800.

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It takes approximately 8h 26m 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 12h 50m and has one stopover.

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Qantas, Regional Express and Jetstar 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 shuttle which takes 15m and costs $23 - $25.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Kangaroo Island.
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  • Distance: 1415.5 miles
  • Duration: 8h 26m

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

Jetstar, Regional Express and two other airlines fly from Cairns to Bay of Shoals every 4 hours.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Kingscote via Brisbane, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
13h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,600
Flights from Cairns to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Flights from Cairns to Adelaide via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Adelaide via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Adelaide via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Adelaide via Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Kingscote via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Kingscote via Brisbane, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$500 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Kingscote via Melbourne, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
11h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$500 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Kingscote via Alice Springs, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
9h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$600 - $1,600
Flights from Cairns to Kingscote via Sydney, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
10h 30m
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $700
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Flights from Cairns to Adelaide via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Flights from Cairns to Adelaide via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Flights from Cairns to Adelaide via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Adelaide via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 32m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Adelaide via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Adelaide via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $280
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
24h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
Book at
Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$262
B-Quick
$145
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Brisbane to Central Station
Ave. Duration
14h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
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
24h 45m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$280 - $650
Book at
Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$284
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$480 - $650
Low Gold Single Cabin
$500 - $650
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
2h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19
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
45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35
Schedules at
sealink.com.au
Other operators
Taxi from Kangaroo Island to Wisanger
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Estimated price
$100 - $120

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