There are 6 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

$81 - $367

5 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

$87 - $244

Train  •  26 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane Roma Street Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the train from Roma Street, platform 4 to Helensvale, platform 1 Bdvl / ...

$156 - $284

Bus  •  31 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Surfers Paradise

$203 - $266

Bus, train  •  32 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Brisbane Gx411
  2. Take the train from Roma Street, platform 4 to Helensvale, platform 1 Bdvl / ...

$173 - $279

Drive  •  22 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Surfers Paradise 1182.5 miles

$160 - $250

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Surfers Paradise is to fly and train which costs $110 - $340 and takes 4 h 47 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Surfers Paradise is to fly which costs $110 - $500 and takes 3 h 15 min.

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

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairns station to Surfers Paradise. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Surfers Paradise via Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 31 h 20 min.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Surfers Paradise.
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  • Distance: 913.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 15 min

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

Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia fly from Cairns to Surfers Paradise 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cairns to Surfers Paradise via Brisbane Roma Street, Roma Street, platform 4, Helensvale, platform 1, and Helensvale, platform 5 in around 26 h 22 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 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $490
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 22 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
Every day
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 29 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$15 - $19
Standard
$17 - $22
Train from Roma Street, platform 4 to Helensvale, platform 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 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
$140 - $280
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$270
B-Quick
$149
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
29 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$190 - $260
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Surfers Paradise
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
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
$160 - $270
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$160 - $240
Flexifare
$190 - $270

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