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

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Fly  •  6h 55m

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

$160 - $622

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Train  •  3 days 18h

  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

$884 - $1,993

Bus  •  3 days 18h

  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

$553 - $908

Bus, train  •  3 days 23h

  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

$890 - $1,973

Drive  •  2 days 12h

  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 $220 - $900 and takes 6h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Perth is to fly which costs $220 - $900 and takes 6h 55m.

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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 18h.

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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 3 days 18h.

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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 train which takes 3 days 18h and costs $1,200 - $2,900.

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It takes approximately 6h 55m 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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Cairns to Perth train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Cairns Central Station.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Perth is to fly which takes 6h 55m and costs $220 - $900. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $1,200 - $2,900 and takes 3 days 18h, you could also bus, which costs $750 - $1,300 and takes 3 days 18h.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Perth.
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  • Distance: 2150.2 miles
  • Duration: 6h 55m

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 train from Cairns to Perth via Brisbane Roma Street, Brisbane, Central Station, and Sydney in around 3 days 18h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Perth
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $900
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Sydney
Ave. Duration
9h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Sydney
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Perth
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $900
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $900
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $270
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
24h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$262
B-Quick
$145
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Brisbane to Central Station
Ave. Duration
14h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
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 2h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$650 - $1,600
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Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$670
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,100 - $1,500
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,200 - $1,600
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,400 - $1,900
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
4h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $55
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$28 - $40
Flexifare
$35 - $55
Bus from Townsville to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
19h 45m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$120 - $220
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210
Bus from Tennant Creek to Katherine
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $95
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$55 - $80
Flexifare
$65 - $95
Bus from Katherine to Roebuck Plains
Ave. Duration
19h 12m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$150 - $220
Integrity Coach Lines (Aust) Pty Ltd
Phone
08 9274 7464
Email
info@integritycoachlines.com.au
Website
integritycoachlines.com.au
Bus from Roebuck Plains Roadhouse Caravan Park, Broome Highway, Australia to Wellington St Forrest Place R10 / Y14
Ave. Duration
34h 40m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$220 - $320
Schedules at
integritycoachlines.com.au
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
29h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $250
Website
Premier Motor Service

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The quickest flight from Cairns Airport to Perth Airport is the direct flight which takes 5h.

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Cairns to Perth bus services, operated by Integrity Coach Lines (Aust) Pty Ltd, arrive at Wellington St Forrest Place R10 / Y14 station.

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Perth is 2h behind Cairns. It is currently 1:23 AM in Cairns and 11:23 PM in Perth.

Cairns to Perth train services, operated by Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific, arrive at Perth station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Perth is 5362 km. It takes approximately 2 days 12h to drive from Cairns to Perth.

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Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Cairns Airport to Perth Airport.

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There are 909+ hotels available in Perth. Prices start at $66 USD per night.

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

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