There are 5 ways to get from Cairns to Rockhampton by plane, train, bus 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 Rockhampton  •  5 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Rockhampton (ROK) CNS - ROK

$186 - $410

Cheapest option

Bus  •  16 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Rockhampton George Street Gx411

$95 - $210

3 alternative options

Fly to Gladstone, train  •  6 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Gladstone (GLT) CNS - GLT
  2. Take the train from Gladstone to Rockhampton

$220 - $496

Train  •  16 h

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Rockhampton Spirit of Queensland

$120 - $180

Drive  •  14 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Rockhampton 668.6 miles

$95 - $140

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Rockhampton is to drive which costs $130 - $190 and takes 14 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Rockhampton is to fly which costs $250 - $600 and takes 5 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns Central Station station and arriving at Rockhampton George Street. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 16 h 50 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Cairns Central Station station and arriving at Rockhampton. Services depart five times a week. The journey takes approximately 16 h.

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The distance between Cairns and Rockhampton is 872 km. The road distance is 1069.8 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Rockhampton without a car is to train which takes 16 h and costs $170 - $240.

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It takes approximately 5 h 40 min to get from Cairns to Rockhampton, including transfers.

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Cairns to Rockhampton bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, arrive at Cairns Central Station.

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Cairns to Rockhampton train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Cairns Central Station.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Rockhampton is to fly which takes 5 h 40 min and costs $250 - $600. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $170 - $240 and takes 16 h, you could also bus, which costs $130 - $290 and takes 16 h 50 min.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Rockhampton.
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  • Distance: 544.8 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 40 min

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Rockhampton, QLD, Australia?

Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar fly from Cairns to Rockhampton hourly. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns to Rockhampton 5 times a week. Tickets cost $120 - $180 and the journey takes 16 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Rockhampton via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Rockhampton via Townsville, Mackay
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Rockhampton via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 22 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Rockhampton via Brisbane, Mackay
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Rockhampton via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 47 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Gladstone via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Gladstone via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Gladstone via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 57 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Rockhampton via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Cairns to Rockhampton via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Cairns to Gladstone via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Gladstone via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Gladstone to Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
16 h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Rockhampton George Street
Ave. Duration
16 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $150
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
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 Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
17 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $210
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$95 - $140
Flexifare
$110 - $160

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