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There are 5 ways to get from Cairns to Magnetic Island by bus, ferry, train, car or plane

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Bus Greyhound Australia, ferry  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Townsville Gx410
  2. Take the ferry from Breakwater Ferry to Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal 1F

$30 - $75

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Bus Premier Motor Service, ferry  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Townsville
  2. Take the ferry from Breakwater Ferry to Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal 1F

$40 - $72

Train, ferry  •  7 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Townsville Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the ferry from Breakwater Ferry to Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal 1F

$46 - $82

Drive, ferry  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Breakwater Ferry
  2. Take the ferry from Breakwater Ferry to Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal 1F

$33 - $67

Fly, ferry  •  4 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Townsville (TSV) CNS - TSV
  2. Take the ferry from Breakwater Ferry to Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal

$109 - $399

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Magnetic Island is to drive and ferry which costs $45 - $95 and takes 4 h 37 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Magnetic Island is to fly and ferry which costs $150 - $600 and takes 4 h 14 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Magnetic Island is 271 km.

The best way to get from Cairns to Magnetic Island without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 5 h 30 min and costs $40 - $110.

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It takes approximately 5 h 30 min to get from Cairns to Magnetic Island, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Cairns Airport to Townsville Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Regional Express and Qantas offer flights from Cairns Airport to Townsville Airport.

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There are 235+ hotels available in Magnetic Island. Prices start at $77 USD per night.

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

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Magnetic Island.
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  • Distance: 169.4 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 30 min

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Magnetic Island, QLD, Australia?

There is no direct connection from Cairns to Magnetic Island. However, you can take the bus to Townsville, take the walk to Breakwater Ferry, then take the ferry to Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Cairns to Magnetic Island via Townsville and Breakwater Ferry in around 6 h 40 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $390
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $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 Townsville
Ave. Duration
6 h 4 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
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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 Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $55
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$28 - $40
Flexifare
$35 - $55
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
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
Premier Motor Service
Ferry operators
TRANSLink QLD
Phone
13 12 30
Website
translink.com.au
Ferry from Breakwater Ferry to Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
TRANSLink QLD
Sealink (QLD)
Phone
+61 7 4726 0800
Email
infoqld@sealink.com.au
Website
sealinkqld.com.au
Ferry from Townsville to Magnetic Island
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $22
Schedules at
sealinkqld.com.au

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