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There are 4 ways to get from Cairns to Mackay by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  5h 27m

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Mackay (MKY) CNS - MKY

$190 - $571

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Bus  •  11h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Mackay Gx410

$60 - $110

2 alternative options

Train  •  11h 1m

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Mackay Spirit of Queensland

$85 - $120

Drive  •  9h 32m

  1. Drive from Cairns to Mackay 459.9 miles

$65 - $95

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Mackay is to drive which costs $90 - $140 and takes 9h 32m.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Mackay is to fly which costs $260 - $850 and takes 5h 27m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns and arriving at Mackay. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11h 35m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Cairns Central Station station and arriving at Mackay. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11h 1m.

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The distance between Cairns and Mackay is 591 km. The road distance is 735.8 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Mackay without a car is to train which takes 11h 1m and costs $120 - $170.

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It takes approximately 5h 27m to get from Cairns to Mackay, including transfers.

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Cairns to Mackay bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Cairns station.

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

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The best way to get from Cairns to Mackay is to fly which takes 5h 27m and costs $260 - $850. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $120 - $170 and takes 11h 1m, you could also bus, which costs $90 - $160 and takes 11h 35m.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Mackay.
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  • Distance: 369.2 miles
  • Duration: 5h 27m

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

Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar fly from Cairns to Mackay every 3 hours. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns to Mackay once daily. Tickets cost $85 - $120 and the journey takes 11h 1m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 48m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Mackay
Ave. Duration
11h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $120
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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 Cairns to Mackay
Ave. Duration
11h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $110
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$60 - $90
Flexifare
$75 - $110
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Mackay
Ave. Duration
12h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $100
Website
Premier Motor Service

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There is no direct flight from Cairns Airport to Mackay Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 5m and has one stopover.

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Cairns to Mackay bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Mackay station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Mackay is 736 km. It takes approximately 9h 32m to drive from Cairns to Mackay.

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

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There are 75+ hotels available in Mackay. Prices start at $62 USD per night.

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

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