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There are 6 ways to get from Cairns to Shute Harbour by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Hamilton Island  •  4 h 15 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Hamilton Island (HTI) CNS - HTI

$226 - $661

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Bus Greyhound Australia  •  10 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Airlie Beach Gx410

$52 - $91

4 alternative options

Fly to Mackay, train  •  8 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Mackay (MKY) CNS - MKY
  2. Take the train from Mackay to Proserpine

$215 - $607

Bus Premier Motor Service  •  10 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Airlie Beach

$66 - $87

Train  •  11 h 23 min

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

$74 - $102

Drive  •  8 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Shute Harbour 396.1 miles

$55 - $85

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Shute Harbour is to drive which costs $75 - $120 and takes 8 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Shute Harbour is to fly which costs $310 - $950 and takes 4 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairns to Shute Harbour. However, there are services departing from Cairns and arriving at Shute Harbour via Shute Harbour Rd at Hermitage Drive. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 4 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Shute Harbour is 492 km. The road distance is 633.8 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Shute Harbour without a car is to bus which takes 10 h 4 min and costs $70 - $130.

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It takes approximately 4 h 15 min to get from Cairns to Shute Harbour, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Cairns to Shute Harbour is to fly which takes 4 h 15 min and costs $310 - $950. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $70 - $130 and takes 10 h 4 min, you could also train, which costs $100 - $150 and takes 11 h 23 min.

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The quickest flight from Cairns Airport to Hamilton Island Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Cairns to Shute Harbour bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Airlie Beach station.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Shute Harbour.
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  • Distance: 307.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 15 min

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Shute Harbour, QLD, Australia?

Qantas flies from Cairns to Shute Harbour once daily. Alternatively, Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Cairns to Shute Harbour once daily. Tickets cost $50 - $90 and the journey takes 9 h 40 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Mackay to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $27
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Queensland Rail Travel
Train from Cairns Central Station to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
9 h 26 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $100
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Queensland Rail Travel
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 Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $90
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$50 - $75
Flexifare
$65 - $90
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
10 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $85
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Shute Harbour is 634 km. It takes approximately 8 h 10 min to drive from Cairns to Shute Harbour.

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Qantas offers flights from Cairns Airport to Hamilton Island Airport.

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There are 282+ hotels available in Shute Harbour. Prices start at $76 USD per night.

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

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