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There are 6 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  •  7 h 15 min

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

$211 - $496

Cheapest option

Bus to Sydney, fly  •  8 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Canberra to Sydney Airport T1
  2. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Cairns (CNS) SYD - CNS

$134 - $399

4 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

$263 - $443

Bus Greyhound Australia  •  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

$253 - $433

Bus Premier Motor Service  •  2 days 4 h

  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

$314 - $427

Drive  •  29 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Canberra to Cairns 1566.7 miles

$220 - $330

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The cheapest way to get from Canberra to Cairns is to bus and fly which costs $180 - $600 and takes 8 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Canberra to Cairns is to fly which costs $290 - $700 and takes 7 h 15 min.

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

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The best way to get from Canberra to Cairns without a car is to bus and train which takes 44 h 2 min and costs $370 - $650.

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It takes approximately 7 h 15 min to get from Canberra to Cairns, including transfers.

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Canberra to Cairns bus services, operated by Murrays Coaches, depart from Canberra station.

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The best way to get from Canberra to Cairns is to fly which takes 7 h 15 min and costs $290 - $700. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $350 - $650 and takes 2 days 3 h.

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There is no direct flight from Canberra Airport to Cairns Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 45 min and has one stopover.

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Canberra to Cairns bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Cairns station.

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Map of how to get from Canberra to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 1292.9 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 15 min

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

Qantas, Virgin Australia and two other airlines fly from Canberra to Cairns hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney and Brisbane in around 2 days 3 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 - $650
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $420
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$270 - $360
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $360
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 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 - $130
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
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
24 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$262
B-Quick
$145
Bus operators
Murrays Coaches
Phone
(61) 13 22 51
Email
reservations@murrays.com.au
Website
murrays.com.au
Bus from Canberra to Sydney Airport T1
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
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Murrays Coaches
Bus from Canberra to Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
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.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
16 h 45 min
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
29 h
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
17 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $130
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $130
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$180 - $250
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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More Questions & Answers

Cairns is 1 h behind Canberra. It is currently 7:40 AM in Canberra and 6:40 AM in Cairns.

Yes, the driving distance between Canberra to Cairns is 2507 km. It takes approximately 29 h 5 min to drive from Canberra 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 464+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Canberra to Canberra Airport is to line 11 bus which takes 15 min and costs .

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