There are 4 ways to get from Cairns to Sydney by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  4 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Sydney (SYD) CNS - SYD

$114 - $369

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Train  •  39 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane Roma Street Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the train from Brisbane to Central Station 32

$235 - $394

Bus  •  47 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane Gx411
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Sydney

$259 - $397

Drive  •  28 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Sydney 1509.4 miles

$210 - $320

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairns station to Sydney. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Sydney via Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 47 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cairns station to Sydney station. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Central Station via Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 39 h 35 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Sydney is 1961 km. The road distance is 2415.1 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Sydney without a car is to train which takes 39 h 35 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 27 min to get from Cairns to Sydney, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cairns to Sydney is to fly which takes 4 h 27 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 39 h 35 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 47 h 50 min.

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The quickest flight from Cairns Airport to Sydney Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 55 min.

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Cairns to Sydney bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, arrive at Sydney station.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Sydney.
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  • Distance: 1225.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 27 min

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Sydney, NSW, Australia?

Qantas, Jetstar and two other airlines fly from Cairns to Sydney hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cairns to Sydney via Brisbane Roma Street and Brisbane in around 39 h 35 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Sydney
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Sydney via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Sydney via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Sydney
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Cairns to Sydney via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Sydney
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Flights from Cairns to Sydney via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Sydney
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Train operators
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
3 times a day
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$263
B-Quick
$145
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Brisbane to Central Station
Ave. Duration
14 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
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
$180 - $250
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Sydney
Ave. Duration
17 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $140
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 Brisbane
Ave. Duration
30 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $260
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$150 - $230
Flexifare
$180 - $260

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Cairns to Sydney train services, operated by Transport NSW, arrive at Central Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Sydney is 2415 km. It takes approximately 28 h 27 min to drive from Cairns to Sydney.

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Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Cairns Airport to Sydney Airport.

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There are 1996+ hotels available in Sydney. Prices start at $79 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 .

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