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.

Recommended option

Fly to Rockhampton  •  5 h 40 min

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

$187 - $410

Cheapest option

Bus  •  17 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Rockhampton Gx411

$95 - $220

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

$222 - $496

Train  •  16 h

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

$130 - $180

Drive  •  14 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Rockhampton 668.6 miles

$95 - $140

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 $130 - $180 and the journey takes 16 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Rockhampton via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Every day
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 23 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Rockhampton via Brisbane, Mackay
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Rockhampton via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Gladstone via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Gladstone via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 1 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Gladstone via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 57 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
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 and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Cairns to Gladstone via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
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
$130 - $180
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Cairns to Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
17 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $220
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$95 - $140
Flexifare
$120 - $170

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Cairns and Rockhampton is 872 km. The road distance is 1070 km.

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Rockhampton is to drive which costs $120 - $190 and takes 14 h 15 min.

The quickest way to get from Cairns to Rockhampton is to fly which takes 5 h 40 min and costs $240 - $550.

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

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns and arriving at Rockhampton. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 17 h 30 min.

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