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

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Fly to Hamilton Island  •  2h 42m

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

$187 - $617

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10h 39m

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Airlie Beach Gx410

$52 - $91

4 alternative options

Fly to Mackay, bus  •  7h 55m

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Mackay (MKY) CNS - MKY
  2. Take the bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach

$213 - $612

Fly to Proserpine, bus and ferry  •  8h 17m

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Proserpine (PPP) CNS - PPP
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Proserpine Airport to Hamilton Island Marina

$246 - $626

Train, travel  •  10h 19m

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

Bus, ferry  •  12h 18m

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Airlie Beach
  2. Take the ferry from Port of Airlie to Hamilton Island Marina

$109 - $129

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Whitsunday Island is to bus which costs $70 - $130 and takes 10h 39m.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Whitsunday Island is to fly which costs $260 - $900 and takes 2h 42m.

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The distance between Cairns and Whitsunday Island is 502 km.

The best way to get from Cairns to Whitsunday Island without a car is to train and travel which takes 10h 19m and costs .

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It takes approximately 2h 42m to get from Cairns to Whitsunday Island, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Whitsunday Island is to fly which takes 2h 42m and costs $260 - $900. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $70 - $130 and takes 10h 39m.

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The quickest flight from Cairns Airport to Hamilton Island Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Qantas offers flights from Cairns Airport to Hamilton Island Airport.

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There are 100+ hotels available in Whitsunday Island. Prices start at $227 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Cairns Airport is to shuttle which takes 15m and costs $23 - $25.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Whitsunday Island.
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  • Distance: 314 miles
  • Duration: 2h 42m

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

Qantas flies from Cairns to Whitsunday Island once daily. Alternatively, Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Cairns to Whitsunday Island once daily. Tickets cost $50 - $90 and the journey takes 9h 40m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 48m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 58m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9h 55m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
10h 5m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
9h 26m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $100
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Queensland Rail Travel
Bus operators
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 Mackay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$12 - $18
Flexifare
$20 - $28
Bus from Cairns to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$50 - $75
Flexifare
$65 - $90
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $23
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
10h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $85
Website
Premier Motor Service
Cruise Whitsundays
Phone
+61 07 4846 7000
Email
reservations@cruisewhitsundays.com
Website
cruisewhitsundays.com
Bus and ferry from Proserpine Airport to Hamilton Island Marina
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$59
Schedules at
cruisewhitsundays.com
Ferry operators

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