There are 6 ways to get from Cairns to Mount Isa 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.

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Fly to Mount Isa  •  2 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Mount Isa (ISA) CNS - ISA

$391 - $1,238

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Bus  •  17 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Townsville Gx454 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Mount Isa Bq321 / ...

$89 - $184

4 alternative options

Fly to Cloncurry, bus  •  6 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Cloncurry (CNJ) CNS - CNJ
  2. Take the bus from Cloncurry to Mount Isa

$205 - $659

Train, bus  •  19 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Townsville Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Mount Isa Bq321 / ...

$105 - $192

Train  •  28 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Townsville Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the train from Townsville station to Mount Isa station The Inlander

$155 - $232

Drive  •  13 h 34 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Mount Isa 730 miles

$100 - $150

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Mount Isa is to drive which costs $140 - $210 and takes 13 h 34 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Mount Isa is to fly which costs $500 - $1,700 and takes 2 h 20 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Mount Isa is 783 km. The road distance is 1168.1 km.

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It takes approximately 2 h 20 min to get from Cairns to Mount Isa, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairns to Mount Isa. However, there are services departing from Cairns and arriving at Mount Isa via Townsville. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17 h 25 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cairns station to Mount Isa station. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Mount Isa station via Townsville station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 28 h 4 min.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Mount Isa without a car is to bus which takes 17 h 25 min and costs $120 - $260.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Mount Isa.
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  • Distance: 489.7 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 20 min

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Mount Isa, QLD, Australia?

Regional Express flies from Cairns to Mount Isa 5 times a week. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cairns to Mount Isa via Townsville in around 17 h 25 min.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Cloncurry via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $550
Flights from Cairns to Cloncurry via Mount Isa
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$280 - $950
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Mount Isa
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,200
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Cloncurry via Townsville
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
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
Train from Townsville station to Mount Isa station
Ave. Duration
20 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Bus Queensland
Phone
1300 287 537
Website
busqld.com.au
Bus from Cloncurry to Mount Isa
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Mount Isa
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Cloncurry to Mount Isa
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$10 - $24
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$10 - $14
Flexifare
$17 - $24
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
$35 - $55
Bus from Townsville to Mount Isa
Ave. Duration
10 h 55 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$75 - $110
Flexifare
$90 - $130
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Townsville
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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