There are 4 ways to get from Cairns to Magnetic Island by bus, ferry, train, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus, ferry  •  5 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Townsville Gx454 / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Breakwater Ferry to Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal 1F

$32 - $78

3 alternative options

Train, ferry  •  7 h 16 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

$48 - $86

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 - $68

Fly, ferry  •  3 h 6 min

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

$107 - $401

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Magnetic Island is to drive and ferry which costs $40 - $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 takes 3 h 6 min and costs $140 - $550.

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The distance between Cairns and Magnetic Island is 271 km.

It takes approximately 5 h 10 min to get from Cairns to Magnetic Island, including transfers.

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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, Flinders St at station, Breakwater Terminal, and Breakwater Ferry in around 7 h 16 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 to 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 9 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $55
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$29 - $45
Flexifare
$40 - $55
Ferry operators
TRANSLink QLD
Website
translink.com.au
Ferry from Breakwater Ferry to Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
translink.com.au
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 - $23
Schedules at
sealinkqld.com.au

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