There are 4 ways to get from Cairns to Sydney 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.

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Fly  •  3 h 19 min

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

$112 - $370

3 alternative options

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

$246 - $415

Bus, train  •  2 days 3 h

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Tamworth
  3. Take the bus from Tamworth Station, Coach Stop to Muswellbrook Station, Coach Stop 356
  4. Take the train from Muswellbrook Station to Hamilton Station
  5. Take the bus from Raymond Terrace Coach Stop, Adelaide St to Central Station, Forecourt, Coach Bay 9 100

$284 - $404

Drive  •  28 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Sydney 1509.4 miles

$210 - $320

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Sydney is to fly which costs $150 - $500 and takes 3 h 19 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Sydney is to fly which costs $150 - $500 and takes 3 h 19 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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It takes approximately 3 h 19 min to get from Cairns to Sydney, including transfers.

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

Qantas, Virgin Australia 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
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
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 35 min
When
Friday
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 Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday
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
Flights from Cairns to Sydney via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Saturday
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
5 times a week
Estimated price
$150 - $280
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$274
B-Quick
$151
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
$95 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$95 - $140
1st Class
$130 - $190
Train from Muswellbrook Station to Hamilton Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$12 - $18
1st Class
$16 - $24
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
$160 - $270
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$160 - $240
Flexifare
$190 - $270
Crisps Coaches
Phone
(07) 4661 8333
Email
reservations@crisps.com.au
Website
crisps.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Tamworth
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$86
Schedules at
crisps.com.au
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Tamworth Station, Coach Stop to Muswellbrook Station, Coach Stop
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Port Stephens Coaches
Website
pscoaches.com.au
Bus from Raymond Terrace Coach Stop, Adelaide St to Central Station, Forecourt, Coach Bay 9
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
pscoaches.com.au

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