There are 7 ways to get from Cairns to Longreach by plane, 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  •  5 h 22 min

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

$226 - $388

Cheapest option

Bus  •  23 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Townsville
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Cloncurry BP
  3. Take the bus from Cloncurry to Longreach

$135 - $216

5 alternative options

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

$185 - $292

Fly to Winton, bus  •  7 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Winton (WIN) CNS - WIN
  2. Take the bus from Winton to Longreach

$321 - $983

Bus via Rockhampton  •  27 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Rockhampton Gx411
  2. Take the bus from Rockhampton to Longreach Gx471

$159 - $328

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

$215 - $309

Drive  •  12 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Longreach 700.7 miles

$100 - $150

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 Townsville, Cloncurry BP, and Cloncurry in around 23 h 35 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
14 h 57 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
Flights from Cairns to Barcaldine via Adelaide, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
21 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$280 - $330
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Winton via Townsville
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$260 - $900
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
$130 - $180
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Rockhampton to Longreach
Ave. Duration
14 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Barcaldine to Longreach
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$9 - $24
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$9 - $13
Flexifare
$17 - $24
Bus from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$30 - $45
Flexifare
$40 - $60
Bus from Cairns to Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
17 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $220
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$95 - $140
Flexifare
$120 - $170
Bus from Rockhampton to Longreach
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$60 - $85
Flexifare
$75 - $110
Bus Queensland
Phone
1300 287 537
Website
busqldoutback.com.au
Bus from Winton to Longreach
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Cloncurry BP
Ave. Duration
10 h 18 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au
Bus from Cloncurry to Longreach
Ave. Duration
6 h 52 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Cairns and Longreach is 741 km. The road distance is 1121 km.

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Longreach is to drive which costs $130 - $190 and takes 12 h 59 min.

The quickest way to get from Cairns to Longreach is to fly which takes 5 h 22 min and costs $290 - $550.

No, there is no direct train from Cairns 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.

No, there is no direct bus from Cairns to Longreach. However, there are services departing from Cairns and arriving at Longreach via Townsville and Cloncurry. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23 h 35 min.

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