There are 4 ways to get from Cairns to Wollongong 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.

Recommended option

Fly, train  •  5 h 6 min

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

$120 - $381

3 alternative options

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

$256 - $432

Bus  •  2 days 11 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 Dubbo Station, Coach Bay 361
  4. Take the bus from Dubbo Station, Coach Bay to Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay 792
  5. Take the bus from Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay to Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row 782
  6. Take the bus from Canberra to Wollongong station 855

$345 - $520

Drive  •  29 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Wollongong 1555.8 miles

$220 - $320

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, Tamworth, Tamworth Station, Coach Stop, Dubbo Station, Coach Bay, Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay, Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row, and Canberra in around 2 days 11 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 40 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 51 min
When
Every day
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
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
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
$10 - $15
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 - $200
Train from Central Station to Wollongong Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$8 - $12
1st Class
$11 - $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
$150 - $280
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$280
B-Quick
$154
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
$170 - $280
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$170 - $240
Flexifare
$200 - $280
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Tamworth Station, Coach Stop to Dubbo Station, Coach Bay
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Bus from Dubbo Station, Coach Bay to Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Bus from Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay to Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Murrays Coaches
Website
murrays.com.au
Bus from Canberra to Wollongong station
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Schedules at
murrays.com.au

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Cairns to Wollongong?

The distance between Cairns and Wollongong is 2012 km. The road distance is 2489 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Cairns to Wollongong?

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Wollongong is to fly and train which costs $150 - $550 and takes 5 h 6 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Cairns to Wollongong?

The quickest way to get from Cairns to Wollongong is to fly and train which takes 5 h 6 min and costs $150 - $550.

Is there a direct train between Cairns and Wollongong?

No, there is no direct train from Cairns to Wollongong. 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.

Is there a direct bus between Cairns and Wollongong?

No, there is no direct bus from Cairns to Wollongong. However, there are services departing from Cairns and arriving at Wollongong station via Brisbane, Tamworth Station, Coach Stop, Dubbo Station, Coach Bay, Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay and Canberra. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 11 h.

How long does it take to get from Cairns to Wollongong?

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