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There are 5 ways to get from Cairns to Wollongong by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly, train  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Sydney (SYD) CNS - SYD
  2. Take the train from Wolli Creek Station to Wollongong Station

$120 - $379

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Train  •  41 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane Roma Street
  2. Take the train from Brisbane to Central Station 32
  3. Take the train from Central Station to Wollongong Station

$241 - $404

Bus, train  •  46 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane
  2. Take the train from Brisbane to Central Station 32
  3. Take the train from Central Station to Wollongong Station

$284 - $384

Bus  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane Roma Street to Sydney Airport - International
  3. Take the bus from Sydney Airport to Wollongong

$272 - $397

Drive  •  29 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Wollongong 1555.8 miles

$220 - $320

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Wollongong is to fly and train which costs $160 - $550 and takes 6 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Wollongong is to fly and train which costs $160 - $550 and takes 6 h 5 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairns station to Wollongong. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Wollongong via Brisbane Roma Street and Sydney Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 1 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Cairns station to Wollongong station. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Wollongong Station via Brisbane and Central Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 41 h 35 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Wollongong is 2012 km. The road distance is 2489.4 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Wollongong without a car is to train which takes 41 h 35 min and costs $340 - $600.

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It takes approximately 6 h 5 min to get from Cairns to Wollongong, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cairns to Wollongong is to train which takes 41 h 35 min and costs $340 - $600. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $380 - $600 and takes 2 days 1 h.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Wollongong.
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  • Distance: 1257.4 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 5 min

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

You can take a train from Cairns to Wollongong via Brisbane Roma Street, Brisbane, and Central Station in around 41 h 35 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cairns to Wollongong via Brisbane, Brisbane Roma Street, Sydney Airport - International, and Sydney Airport in around 2 days 1 h.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 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
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Sydney
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Sydney via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
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 45 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Flights from Cairns to Sydney via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Train operators
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Wolli Creek Station to Wollongong Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$6 - $10
1st Class
$9 - $14
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
Train from Central Station to Wollongong Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$7 - $11
1st Class
$10 - $15
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
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$262
B-Quick
$145
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 Sydney Airport to Wollongong
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
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 Brisbane Roma Street to Sydney Airport - International
Ave. Duration
16 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $140
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$75 - $120
Flexifare
$95 - $140

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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 Wollongong bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, arrive at Wollongong station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Wollongong is 2489 km. It takes approximately 29 h 25 min to drive from Cairns to Wollongong.

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

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There are 60+ hotels available in Wollongong. Prices start at $85 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 $23 - $25.

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