There are 5 ways to get from Cairns to Perth by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  6 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Perth (PER) CNS - PER

$158 - $623

4 alternative options

Bus  •  3 days 18 h

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Townsville
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Tennant Creek
  3. Take the bus from Tennant Creek to Katherine
  4. Take the bus from Katherine to Roebuck Plains
  5. Take the bus from Roebuck Plains Roadhouse Caravan Park, Broome Highway, Australia to Wellington St Forrest Place R10 / Y14

$564 - $924

Train  •  4 days 10 h

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane Roma Street
  2. Take the train from Brisbane to Central Station 32
  3. Take the train from Sydney to Perth

$888 - $2,111

Bus, train  •  4 days 15 h

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane
  2. Take the train from Brisbane to Central Station 32
  3. Take the train from Sydney to Perth

$932 - $2,090

Drive  •  2 days 12 h

  1. Drive from Cairns to Perth 3351.3 miles

$470 - $700

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Perth is to fly which costs $210 - $900 and takes 6 h 3 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Perth is to fly which costs $210 - $900 and takes 6 h 3 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairns to Perth. However, there are services departing from Cairns and arriving at Wellington St Forrest Place R10 / Y14 via Townsville, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Roebuck Plains Roadhouse Caravan Park, Broome Highway, Australia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 18 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Cairns station to Perth. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Perth via Brisbane and Sydney. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 days 10 h.

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The distance between Cairns and Perth is 3440 km. The road distance is 5362 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Perth without a car is to bus which takes 3 days 18 h and costs $750 - $1,300.

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It takes approximately 6 h 3 min to get from Cairns to Perth, including transfers.

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

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Perth.
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  • Distance: 2150.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 3 min

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Perth, WA, Australia?

Jetstar, Qantas and two other airlines fly from Cairns to Perth hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cairns to Perth via Townsville, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Roebuck Plains, and Roebuck Plains Roadhouse Caravan Park, Broome Highway, Australia in around 3 days 18 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Perth
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $900
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Sydney
Ave. Duration
9 h 13 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Sydney
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Perth
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $900
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $900
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Sydney
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$190 - $280
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
24 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $280
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$270
B-Quick
$149
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Brisbane to Central Station
Ave. Duration
14 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $140
1st Class
$120 - $190
Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Sydney to Perth
Ave. Duration
2 days 18 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$650 - $1,700
Schedules at
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$688
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,100 - $1,600
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,200 - $1,700
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,400 - $2,000
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 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 Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
19 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$150 - $220
Bus from Tennant Creek to Katherine
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$55 - $80
Flexifare
$70 - $100
Bus from Katherine to Roebuck Plains
Ave. Duration
19 h 12 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$160 - $220
Integrity Coach Lines (Aust) Pty Ltd
Website
integritycoachlines.com.au
Bus from Roebuck Plains Roadhouse Caravan Park, Broome Highway, Australia to Wellington St Forrest Place R10 / Y14
Ave. Duration
34 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$220 - $330
Schedules at
integritycoachlines.com.au
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
29 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$190 - $250
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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