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

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Fly to Longreach  •  5 h 22 min

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

$225 - $388

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Bus, night bus  •  26 h 10 min

  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

$139 - $201

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Fly to Barcaldine, bus  •  15 h 52 min

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

$183 - $291

Bus  •  27 h 10 min

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

$169 - $248

Train  •  31 h 40 min

  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

$210 - $291

Drive  •  12 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Longreach 700.7 miles

$100 - $150

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Longreach is to drive which costs $130 - $200 and takes 12 h 59 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Longreach is to fly which costs $300 - $550 and takes 5 h 22 min.

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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 26 h 10 min.

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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 31 h 40 min.

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

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The best way to get from Cairns to Longreach without a car is to bus and night bus which takes 26 h 10 min and costs $190 - $280.

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It takes approximately 5 h 22 min to get from Cairns to Longreach, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cairns to Longreach is to fly which takes 5 h 22 min and costs $300 - $550. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $230 - $350 and takes 27 h 10 min, you could also train, which costs $280 - $400 and takes 31 h 40 min.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Longreach.
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  • Distance: 463.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 22 min

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 George Street and Rockhampton in around 27 h 10 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Longreach via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Cairns to Longreach via Brisbane, Blackall
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$290 - $900
Flights from Cairns to Longreach via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $600
Flights from Cairns to Barcaldine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
13 h 52 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $450
Flights from Cairns to Barcaldine via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
16 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $650
Flights from Cairns to Barcaldine via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
16 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $750
Flights from Cairns to Barcaldine via Darwin, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18 h 25 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$380 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Barcaldine via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
20 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $800
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
16 h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Rockhampton to Longreach
Ave. Duration
14 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
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
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$8 - $23
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$8 - $13
Flexifare
$16 - $23
Bus from Rockhampton to Longreach
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$55 - $85
Flexifare
$70 - $100
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Townsville
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Rockhampton George Street
Ave. Duration
16 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $150
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus Queensland
Phone
1300 287 537
Website
busqld.com.au
Night bus from Townsville to Cloncurry
Ave. Duration
10 h 35 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au
Bus from Cloncurry to Longreach
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au

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There is no direct flight from Cairns Airport to Longreach Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 15 min and has one stopover.

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

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

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

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

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

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The best way to get from Cairns to Cairns Airport is to taxi which takes 7 min and costs $20 - $25.

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