There are 6 ways to get from Canberra Airport (CBR) to Cairns by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly to Cairns  •  5 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Canberra (CBR) to Cairns (CNS) CBR - CNS

$210 - $497

5 alternative options

Fly to Cooktown, bus  •  12 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Canberra (CBR) to Cooktown (CTN) CBR - CTN
  2. Take the bus from Cooktown to Cairns Central Station

Bus, train  •  45 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Canberra to Sydney
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station

$252 - $464

Bus Greyhound Australia  •  2 days 4 h

  1. Take the bus from Canberra to Sydney
  2. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns

$242 - $434

Bus Premier Motor Service  •  2 days 6 h

  1. Take the bus from Canberra to Sydney
  2. Take the bus from Sydney to Westfield Garden City
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station

$315 - $441

Drive  •  29 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Canberra Airport (CBR) to Cairns 1570 miles

$220 - $330

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The cheapest way to get from Canberra Airport (CBR) to Cairns is to fly which costs $280 - $700 and takes 5 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from Canberra Airport (CBR) to Cairns is to fly which costs $280 - $700 and takes 5 h 2 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Canberra Airport (CBR) to Cairns. However, there are services departing from Canberra Airport and arriving at Cairns via Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 4 h.

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The distance between Canberra Airport (CBR) and Cairns is 2072 km. The road distance is 2512 km.

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The best way to get from Canberra Airport (CBR) to Cairns without a car is to bus and train which takes 45 h 32 min and costs $340 - $650.

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It takes approximately 5 h 2 min to get from Canberra Airport (CBR) to Cairns, including transfers.

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Canberra Airport (CBR) to Cairns bus services, operated by Murrays Coaches, depart from Canberra station.

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The best way to get from Canberra Airport (CBR) to Cairns is to fly which takes 5 h 2 min and costs $280 - $700. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $330 - $600 and takes 2 days 4 h.

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There is no direct flight from Canberra Airport to Cairns Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 55 min and has one stopover.

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Canberra Airport (CBR) to Cairns bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Cairns station.

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Map of how to get from Canberra Airport (CBR) to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 1295.1 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 2 min

What companies run services between Canberra Airport (CBR), Australia and Cairns, QLD, Australia?

Qantas, Tigerair Australia and two other airlines fly from Canberra Airport (CBR) to Cairns hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Canberra Airport (CBR) to Cairns via London Cct Legislative Assembly, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane Roma Street, and Brisbane in around 2 days 4 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Okapi Airlines
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Sydney, Cairns
Ave. Duration
10 h 10 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $750
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Brisbane, Cairns
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
$250 - $650
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Melbourne, Cairns
Ave. Duration
11 h 27 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $650
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns
Ave. Duration
9 h
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$270 - $750
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns
Ave. Duration
11 h
When
Monday
Estimated price
$270 - $750
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns
Ave. Duration
11 h 5 min
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
$310 - $800
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Adelaide, Cairns
Ave. Duration
11 h 15 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$250 - $320
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Sydney, Toowoomba, Cairns
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Sydney, Townsville, Cairns
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $320
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 51 min
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $360
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $360
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $420
Train operators
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $140
1st Class
$120 - $190
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
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
QConnect - Trans North
Phone
(07) 4095 8644
Website
transnorthbus.com
Bus from Cooktown to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Schedules at
transnorthbus.com.au
Murrays Coaches
Website
murrays.com.au
Bus from Canberra to Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $45
Schedules at
murrays.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 Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
16 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$80 - $120
Flexifare
$100 - $140
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $250
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$150 - $220
Flexifare
$180 - $250
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $130
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Westfield Garden City
Ave. Duration
17 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$190 - $250
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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