There are 4 ways to get from Cairns to Mackay by plane, train, bus 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  •  4 h 24 min

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

$188 - $573

Cheapest option

Bus  •  12 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Mackay Gx411

$65 - $120

2 alternative options

Train  •  11 h 6 min

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

$85 - $130

Drive  •  9 h 32 min

  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 $85 - $130 and takes 9 h 32 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Mackay is to fly which costs $250 - $800 and takes 4 h 24 min.

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

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It takes approximately 4 h 24 min to get from Cairns to Mackay, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns and arriving at Mackay. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 12 h 55 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Cairns Central Station station and arriving at Mackay. Services depart five times a week. The journey takes approximately 11 h 6 min.

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

Qantas, Virgin Australia and three other airlines fly from Cairns to Mackay hourly. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns to Mackay 5 times a week. Tickets cost $85 - $130 and the journey takes 11 h 6 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane, Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
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
11 h 6 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Cairns to Mackay
Ave. Duration
12 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$65 - $100
Flexifare
$80 - $120

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