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There are 4 ways to get from Cairns to Kuranda by bus, train, taxi or car

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Line 850 bus  •  40 min

  1. Take the line 850 bus from Cairns Central Terminus to Therwine St near Coondoo St 850 / ...

$10 - $15

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Train  •  1h 55m

  1. Take the train from Cairns station to Kuranda station Kuranda Scenic Railway

$8 - $75

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Taxi  •  29 min

  1. Take a taxi from Cairns to Kuranda 29.4 km

$120 - $150

Drive  •  29 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Kuranda 29.4 km

$3 - $5

Cairns to Kuranda by bus

The bus journey time between Cairns and Kuranda is around 42 min and covers a distance of around 30 km. The fastest bus normally takes 40 min. Operated by Trans North Bus & Coach, the Cairns to Kuranda bus service departs from Cairns Central Terminus and arrives in Therwine St near Coondoo St. Typically 24 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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The most affordable way to get from Cairns to Kuranda is to drive, which costs $3 - $5 and takes 29 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Kuranda is to taxi which costs $120 - $150 and takes 29 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns Central Terminus and arriving at Therwine St near Coondoo St. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Cairns station station and arriving at Kuranda station station. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 55m.

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The distance between Cairns and Kuranda is 18 km. The road distance is 29.4 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Kuranda without a car is to line 850 bus which takes 40 min and costs $10 - $15.

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The line 850 bus from Cairns Central Terminus to Therwine St near Coondoo St takes 40 min including transfers and departs three times a day.

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Cairns to Kuranda bus services, operated by Trans North Bus & Coach, depart from Cairns Central Terminus station.

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Cairns to Kuranda train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, depart from Cairns station.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Kuranda is to line 850 bus which takes 40 min and costs $10 - $15. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $8 - $75 and takes 1h 55m.

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  • Distance: 18.2 km
  • Duration: 40 min

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Kuranda, QLD, Australia?

Trans North Bus & Coach operates a bus from Cairns Central Terminus to Therwine St near Coondoo St 3 times a day. Tickets cost $10 - $15 and the journey takes 40 min. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns station to Kuranda station twice daily. Tickets cost $8 - $75 and the journey takes 1h 55m.

Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Bus operators
Trans North Bus & Coach
Phone
+61(07)30362070
Website
transnorthbus.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Terminus to Therwine St near Coondoo St
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
transnorthbus.com.au
Other operators
Taxi from Cairns to Kuranda
Ave. Duration
29 min
Estimated price
$120 - $150
Cairns Taxis
Phone
+61 7 4048 8333
Website
cairnstaxis.com.au

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Cairns to Kuranda bus services, operated by Trans North Bus & Coach, arrive at Therwine St near Coondoo St station.

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Cairns to Kuranda train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Kuranda station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Kuranda is 29 km. It takes approximately 29 min to drive from Cairns to Kuranda.

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There are 265+ hotels available in Kuranda. Prices start at $125 AUD per night.

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