There are 5 ways to get from Canberra 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.

Recommended option

Fly from Canberra  •  6 h 17 min

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

$210 - $496

Cheapest option

Bus to Sydney, fly  •  7 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Canberra to Sydney International Airport
  2. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Cairns (CNS) SYD - CNS

$122 - $402

3 alternative options

Bus, train  •  44 h 2 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 - $454

Bus  •  2 days 3 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

Drive  •  29 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Canberra to Cairns 1566.7 miles

$220 - $330

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Canberra to Cairns is to bus and fly which costs $160 - $600 and takes 7 h 17 min.

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The quickest way to get from Canberra to Cairns is to fly which costs $280 - $700 and takes 6 h 17 min.

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The distance between Canberra and Cairns is 2069 km. The road distance is 2506.7 km.

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It takes approximately 6 h 17 min to get from Canberra to Cairns, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Canberra to Cairns. However, there are services departing from Canberra and arriving at Cairns via Sydney and Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 3 h.

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

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Map of how to get from Canberra to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 1292.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 17 min

What companies run services between Canberra, ACT, Australia and Cairns, QLD, Australia?

Qantas, Tigerair Australia and two other airlines fly from Canberra to Cairns hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney, Brisbane Roma Street, and Brisbane in around 2 days 3 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
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 5 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
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
5 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $420
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$270 - $420
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $360
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
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 - $270
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$269
B-Quick
$148
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Canberra to Sydney International Airport
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$22 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $45
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
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
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$170 - $240
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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