There are 4 ways to get from Cairns to Kuranda by bus, train, taxi or car
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Take the bus from Cairns Central Terminus to Therwine St near Coondoo St hail 'n' ride
Take the train from Cairns station to Kuranda station
Take a taxi from Cairns to Kuranda
Drive from Cairns to Kuranda
Cairns to Kuranda by bus
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Questions & Answers
The most affordable way to get from Cairns to Kuranda is to drive, which costs $3 - $6 and takes 29 min.
The quickest way to get from Cairns to Kuranda is to taxi which costs $120 - $150 and takes 29 min.
Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns Central Terminus and arriving at Therwine St near Coondoo St hail 'n' ride. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 40 min.
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.
The distance between Cairns and Kuranda is 18 km. The road distance is 29.4 km.
The best way to get from Cairns to Kuranda without a car is to bus which takes 40 min and costs $7 - $20.
The bus from Cairns Central Terminus to Therwine St near Coondoo St hail 'n' ride takes 40 min including transfers and departs once daily.
Cairns to Kuranda bus services, operated by Trans North Innisfail, depart from Cairns Central Terminus station.
Cairns to Kuranda train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, depart from Cairns station.
The best way to get from Cairns to Kuranda is to bus which takes 40 min and costs $7 - $20. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $8 - $75 and takes 1h 55m.
What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Kuranda, QLD, Australia?
Trans North Innisfail operates a bus from Cairns Central Terminus to Therwine St near Coondoo St hail 'n' ride 5 times a day. Tickets cost $7 - $11 and the journey takes 40 min. Trans North Bus & Coach also services this route 6 times a week. 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.
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Train from Cairns station to Kuranda station
- Ave. Duration
- 1h 55m
- Twice daily
- Estimated price
- $8 - $75
- Book at
- Queensland Rail Travel
- Economy-B-Quick fare
- $13 - $19
- Economy-A-Choice Fare
- $8 - $12
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More Questions & Answers
Cairns to Kuranda bus services, operated by Trans North Innisfail, arrive at Therwine St near Coondoo St hail 'n' ride station.
Cairns to Kuranda train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Kuranda station.
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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