There are 5 ways to get from Cairns to Surfers Paradise 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 Gold Coast  •  3 h 15 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Gold Coast (OOL) CNS - OOL

$82 - $368

4 alternative options

Fly to Brisbane, train  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Brisbane (BNE) CNS - BNE
  2. Take the train from International Airport, platform 1 to Helensvale, platform 1

$89 - $246

Train  •  26 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane Roma Street Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the train from Roma Street, platform 3 to Helensvale, platform 1 Bdvl / ...

$165 - $298

Bus  •  33 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Brisbane Gx411
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd Pm41

$184 - $295

Drive  •  22 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Surfers Paradise 1182.5 miles

$160 - $250

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia?

Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia fly from Cairns to Surfers Paradise every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cairns to Surfers Paradise via Brisbane Roma Street, Roma Street, platform 3, Helensvale, platform 1, and Helensvale, platform 5 in around 26 h 21 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $480
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane via Townsville
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Gold Coast via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $340
Cathay Pacific
Website
cathaypacific.com
Flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Train operators
TRANSLink QLD
Website
translink.com.au
Train from International Airport, platform 1 to Helensvale, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$15 - $20
Standard
$18 - $23
Train from Roma Street, platform 3 to Helensvale, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
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 - $290
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$284
B-Quick
$156
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
30 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$170 - $280
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$170 - $250
Flexifare
$200 - $280
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Cairns to Surfers Paradise?

The distance between Cairns and Surfers Paradise is 1461 km. The road distance is 1892 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Cairns to Surfers Paradise?

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Surfers Paradise is to fly and train which costs $110 - $320 and takes 4 h 47 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Cairns to Surfers Paradise?

The quickest way to get from Cairns to Surfers Paradise is to fly which takes 3 h 15 min and costs $100 - $480.

Is there a direct bus between Cairns and Surfers Paradise?

No, there is no direct bus from Cairns to Surfers Paradise. However, there are services departing from Cairns and arriving at Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd via Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33 h 10 min.

How long does it take to get from Cairns to Surfers Paradise?

It takes approximately 3 h 15 min to get from Cairns to Surfers Paradise, including transfers.