There are 4 ways to get from Cairns to Perth by plane, bus, train or car

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Recommended option

Fly  •  5 h 59 min

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

$158 - $623

3 alternative options

Bus, train  •  4 days 8 h

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Townsville
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Alice Springs
  3. Take the train from Alice Springs to Adelaide Parklands
  4. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Kalgoorlie
  5. Take the bus from Station Access Rd Kalgoorlie to Transwa Bay Esperance
  6. Take the bus from Transwa Bay Esperance to Transwa Bay East Perth Set-Down

$990 - $2,025

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

$946 - $2,116

Drive  •  2 days 12 h

  1. Drive from Cairns to Perth 3351.3 miles

$470 - $700

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Perth is to fly which costs $210 - $850 and takes 5 h 59 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Perth is to fly which takes 5 h 59 min and costs $210 - $850.

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

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It takes approximately 5 h 59 min to get from Cairns to Perth, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct train from Cairns 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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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 4 days 10 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 55 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
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
10 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
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
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
10 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $900
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
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
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Sydney
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Train operators
Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Alice Springs to Adelaide Parklands
Ave. Duration
25 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$360 - $750
Schedules at
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$363
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$667
Low Gold Single Cabin
$731
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$866
Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Adelaide Parklands to Kalgoorlie
Ave. Duration
28 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$340 - $800
Schedules at
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$345
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$550 - $800
Low Gold Single Cabin
$600 - $800
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$700 - $950
Train from Sydney to Perth
Ave. Duration
2 days 18 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$700 - $1,700
Schedules at
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$702
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,200 - $1,600
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,200 - $1,700
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,500 - $2,000
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
$150 - $280
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$275
B-Quick
$151
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
$95 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$95 - $140
1st Class
$130 - $190
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
Bus from Townsville to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
26 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$170 - $290
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$170 - $250
Flexifare
$200 - $290
TransWA
Phone
1300 662 205
Email
info@transwa.wa.gov.au
Website
transwa.wa.gov.au
Bus from Station Access Rd Kalgoorlie to Transwa Bay Esperance
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
transwa.wa.gov.au
Bus from Transwa Bay Esperance to Transwa Bay East Perth Set-Down
Ave. Duration
10 h 10 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $80
Schedules at
transwa.wa.gov.au

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