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

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Fly to Cairns  •  6h 10m

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

$211 - $496

5 alternative options

Fly to Cooktown, bus  •  12h 44m

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

$245 - $408

Bus, train  •  45h 28m

  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

$262 - $456

Bus Greyhound Australia  •  2 days 4h

  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

$237 - $446

Bus Premier Motor Service  •  2 days 7h

  1. Take the bus from Canberra to Sydney
  2. Take the bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station

$248 - $440

Drive  •  29h 11m

  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 $290 - $700 and takes 6h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Canberra Airport (CBR) to Cairns is to fly which costs $290 - $700 and takes 6h 10m.

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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 4h.

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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 45h 28m and costs $360 - $650.

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It takes approximately 6h 10m 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 6h 10m and costs $290 - $700. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $330 - $650 and takes 2 days 4h.

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There is no direct flight from Canberra Airport to Cairns Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 55m 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: 6h 10m

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

Virgin Australia, Qantas 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 City Bus Stn Arrivals, Canberra, Sydney, and Brisbane in around 2 days 4h.

Airlines
Okapi Airlines
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Sydney, Cairns
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $600
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Brisbane, Cairns
Ave. Duration
10h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $700
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Melbourne, Cairns
Ave. Duration
9h 20m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $650
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns
Ave. Duration
9h 17m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $750
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns
Ave. Duration
10h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $800
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns
Ave. Duration
10h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $800
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Brisbane, Sydney, Cairns
Ave. Duration
11h 25m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $800
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns
Ave. Duration
11h 25m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$270 - $750
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Melbourne, Alice Springs, Cairns
Ave. Duration
11h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $800
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Sydney, Townsville, Cairns
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $320
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$310 - $420
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 28m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $420
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $360
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $360
Train operators
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
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
24h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$262
B-Quick
$145
Bus operators
Trans North Bus & Coach
Website
transnorthbus.com
Bus from Cooktown to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Schedules at
transnorthbus.com.au
Murrays Coaches
Phone
(61) 13 22 51
Email
reservations@murrays.com.au
Website
murrays.com.au
Bus from Canberra to Sydney
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
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Murrays Coaches
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.

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Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
16h 45m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$80 - $120
Flexifare
$95 - $140
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $250
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$140 - $210
Flexifare
$170 - $250
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $250
Website
Premier Motor Service

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More Questions & Answers

Cairns is 1h behind Canberra Airport (CBR). It is currently 2:58 PM in Canberra Airport (CBR) and 1:58 PM in Cairns.

Yes, the driving distance between Canberra Airport (CBR) to Cairns is 2512 km. It takes approximately 29h 11m to drive from Canberra Airport (CBR) to Cairns.

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

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There are 492+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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