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

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  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Terminus to Therwine St near Coondoo St hail 'n' ride

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  1. Take the train from Cairns station to Kuranda station

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  1. Take a taxi from Cairns to Kuranda

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  1. Drive from Cairns to Kuranda

Cairns to Kuranda by bus

7 Weekly Buses
40 min Average Duration
$7 Cheapest Price
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Cairns → Kuranda
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The most affordable way to get from Cairns to Kuranda is to drive, which costs $3 - $6 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 hail 'n' ride. Services depart once daily, 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 bus which takes 40 min and costs $7 - $20.

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The bus from Cairns Central Terminus to Therwine St near Coondoo St hail 'n' ride takes 40 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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Cairns to Kuranda bus services, operated by Trans North Innisfail, 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 bus which takes 40 min and costs $7 - $20. 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 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.

Train operators
Bus operators
Trans North Innisfail
Website
transnorthbus.com
Bus from Cairns Central Terminus to Therwine St near Coondoo St hail 'n' ride
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
transnorthbus.com
Adult Single Fare
$7 - $11
Trans North Bus & Coach
Phone
+61(07)30362070
Website
transnorthbus.com.au
Bus from Cairns to Kuranda
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Schedules at
transnorthbus.com.au
Book at
tnbc.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 Innisfail, arrive at Therwine St near Coondoo St hail 'n' ride 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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