• Our partners include:

  • Booking.com
  • Skyscanner
  • Airbnb
  • Expedia
  • Uber
  • Rentalcars.com

There are 6 ways to get from Cairns to Longreach by plane, bus, night bus, train or car

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 to Longreach  •  7h 10m

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Longreach (LRE) CNS - LRE

$347 - $387

Cheapest option

Bus, night bus  •  26h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Townsville
  2. Take the night bus from Townsville to Cloncurry
  3. Take the bus from Cloncurry to Longreach

$138 - $200

4 alternative options

Fly to Barcaldine, bus  •  15h 21m

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Barcaldine (BCI) CNS - BCI
  2. Take the bus from Barcaldine to Longreach

$185 - $329

Bus  •  27h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Rockhampton George Street
  2. Take the bus from Rockhampton to Longreach Gx471

$166 - $244

Train  •  31h 34m

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Rockhampton Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the train from Rockhampton to Longreach Spirit of the Outback

$202 - $287

Drive  •  12h 59m

  1. Drive from Cairns to Longreach 700.7 miles

$100 - $150

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Longreach is to drive which costs $140 - $210 and takes 12h 59m.

More details

The quickest way to get from Cairns to Longreach is to fly which costs $480 - $550 and takes 7h 10m.

More details

No, there is no direct bus from Cairns station to Longreach. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Longreach via Townsville and Cloncurry. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 26h 10m.

More details

No, there is no direct train from Cairns station to Longreach. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Longreach via Rockhampton. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 31h 34m.

More details

The distance between Cairns and Longreach is 741 km. The road distance is 1121.1 km.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Cairns to Longreach without a car is to bus and night bus which takes 26h 10m and costs $190 - $290.

More details

It takes approximately 7h 10m to get from Cairns to Longreach, including transfers.

More details

Cairns to Longreach bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, arrive at Cairns Central Station.

More details

Cairns to Longreach train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Cairns Central Station.

More details

The best way to get from Cairns to Longreach is to fly which takes 7h 10m and costs $480 - $550. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $230 - $350 and takes 27h 10m, you could also train, which costs $280 - $410 and takes 31h 34m.

Mode details

Map of how to get from Cairns to Longreach.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 463.3 miles
  • Duration: 7h 10m

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

Qantas, Jetstar and two other airlines fly from Cairns to Longreach twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cairns to Longreach via Rockhampton in around 27h 10m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Longreach via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $750
Flights from Cairns to Longreach via Brisbane, Blackall
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$300 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Longreach via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $370
Flights from Cairns to Barcaldine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
12h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $400
Flights from Cairns to Barcaldine via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
16h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $650
Flights from Cairns to Barcaldine via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $750
Flights from Cairns to Barcaldine via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
20h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Barcaldine via Darwin, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 35m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$280 - $390
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
15h 54m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $170
Book at
Queensland Rail Travel
Train from Rockhampton to Longreach
Ave. Duration
14h 40m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Book at
Queensland Rail Travel
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Barcaldine to Longreach
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$8 - $22
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$8 - $13
Flexifare
$16 - $22
Bus from Rockhampton to Longreach
Ave. Duration
9h 20m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$55 - $80
Flexifare
$70 - $100
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Townsville
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Rockhampton George Street
Ave. Duration
16h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $150
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus Queensland
Phone
1300 287 537
Website
busqld.com.au
Night bus from Townsville to Cloncurry
Ave. Duration
10h 35m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au
Bus from Cloncurry to Longreach
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au

Want to know more about travelling around Australia

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

More Questions & Answers

There is no direct flight from Cairns Airport to Longreach Airport. The quickest flight takes 5h 55m and has one stopover.

Search flights

Cairns to Longreach bus services, operated by Bus Queensland, arrive at Longreach station.

More details

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

More details

Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Longreach is 1121 km. It takes approximately 12h 59m to drive from Cairns to Longreach.

Get driving directions

Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Cairns Airport to Longreach Airport.

Search flights

There are eight+ hotels available in Longreach. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

More details

The best way to get from Cairns to Cairns Airport is to shuttle which takes 15m and costs $23 - $25.

More details