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

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Fly, train  •  5 h 7 min

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

$119 - $381

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Train  •  41 h 42 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

$245 - $423

Bus, train  •  2 days 0 h

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

$262 - $418

Bus  •  2 days 2 h

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Sydney
  3. Take the bus from Central Station, Western Concourse to Wollongong Station, Station St

$299 - $401

Drive  •  29 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Wollongong 1555.8 miles

$220 - $320

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Wollongong is to fly and train which costs $160 - $550 and takes 5 h 7 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 5 h 7 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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It takes approximately 5 h 7 min to get from Cairns to Wollongong, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairns station to Wollongong station. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Wollongong Station, Station St via Brisbane and Central Station, Western Concourse. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 2 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 42 min.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Wollongong without a car is to train which takes 41 h 42 min and costs $330 - $600.

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Cairns to Wollongong train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Brisbane station.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Wollongong.
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  • Distance: 1257.4 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 7 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 42 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cairns to Wollongong via Brisbane, Sydney, and Central Station, Western Concourse in around 2 days 2 h.

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
Flights from Cairns to Sydney via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 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 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
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
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 50 min
When
Every day
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 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$7 - $11
1st Class
$9 - $15
Train from Brisbane to Central Station
Ave. Duration
14 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $140
1st Class
$120 - $190
Train from Central Station to Wollongong Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $12
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$7 - $12
1st Class
$10 - $16
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
$140 - $280
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$270
B-Quick
$149
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
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
$190 - $260
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
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Central Station, Western Concourse to Wollongong Station, Station St
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info

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