There are 6 ways to get from Cairns to Whitsunday Island by plane, train, bus or ferry

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 Hamilton Island  •  1 h 30 min

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

$185 - $618

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10 h 59 min

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

$68 - $89

4 alternative options

Fly to Proserpine, travel  •  6 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Proserpine (PPP) CNS - PPP
  2. Travel from Proserpine to Whitsunday Island

Fly to Mackay, train  •  8 h 11 min

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

$213 - $609

Train, travel  •  10 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Proserpine Spirit of Queensland
  2. Travel from Proserpine to Whitsunday Island

Bus, ferry  •  12 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Airlie Beach Gx411
  2. Take the ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island Marina

$95 - $164

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Whitsunday Island is to bus which costs $90 - $130 and takes 10 h 59 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Whitsunday Island is to fly which costs $250 - $850 and takes 1 h 30 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Whitsunday Island is 502 km.

It takes approximately 1 h 30 min to get from Cairns to Whitsunday Island, including transfers.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Whitsunday Island.
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  • Distance: 314 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 30 min

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Whitsunday Island, QLD, Australia?

Qantas flies from Cairns to Whitsunday Island once daily. Alternatively, Premier Motor Service operates a bus from Cairns to Whitsunday Island once daily. Tickets cost $65 - $90 and the journey takes 10 h 10 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$500 - $2,000
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane, Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
11 h
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
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
5 times a week
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
9 h 31 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
10 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $90
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Cairns to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$50 - $80
Flexifare
$65 - $95
Ferry operators
Cruise Whitsundays

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