There are 5 ways to get from Canberra Airport (CBR) to Cairns by plane, car, bus or train

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 to Cairns  •  5 h 2 min

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

$210 - $497

4 alternative options

Fly to Cooktown, drive  •  11 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Canberra (CBR) to Cooktown (CTN) CBR - CTN
  2. Drive from Cooktown to Cairns

$213 - $361

Bus, train  •  45 h 27 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

$268 - $465

Bus  •  2 days 7 h

  1. Take the bus from Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row to Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay 781
  2. Take the bus from Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay to Dubbo Station, Coach Bay 791
  3. Take the bus from Dubbo Station, Coach Bay to Tamworth Station, Coach Stop 361
  4. Take the bus from Tamworth to Brisbane
  5. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns

$294 - $464

Drive  •  29 h 11 min

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

$220 - $330

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

Qantas, Virgin 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 City Bus Stn Arrivals, Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row, Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay, Dubbo Station, Coach Bay, Tamworth Station, Coach Stop, Tamworth, and Brisbane in around 2 days 7 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6 h 12 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $700
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Okapi Airlines
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Sydney, Cairns
Ave. Duration
10 h 10 min
When
Monday, 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
8 h 25 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $650
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$270 - $750
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns
Ave. Duration
11 h
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$270 - $750
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns
Ave. Duration
11 h 5 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$310 - $800
Flights from Canberra to Cooktown via Adelaide, Cairns
Ave. Duration
11 h 15 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$250 - $320
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 Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 51 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $420
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $360
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
$95 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$95 - $140
1st Class
$130 - $200
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
$150 - $280
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$279
B-Quick
$153
Bus operators
Murrays Coaches
Website
murrays.com.au
Bus from Canberra to Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $50
Schedules at
murrays.com.au
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row to Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Bus from Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay to Dubbo Station, Coach Bay
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Bus from Dubbo Station, Coach Bay to Tamworth Station, Coach Stop
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $260
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$150 - $230
Flexifare
$180 - $260

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Questions & Answers

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

The cheapest way to get from Canberra Airport (CBR) to Cairns is to fly which costs $270 - $700 and takes 5 h 2 min.

The quickest way to get from Canberra Airport (CBR) to Cairns is to fly which takes 5 h 2 min and costs $270 - $700.

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 Civic Coach Stop, West Row, Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay, Dubbo Station, Coach Bay, Tamworth and Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 7 h.

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