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 21 min

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

$211 - $497

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

$125 - $405

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

$268 - $476

Bus  •  2 days 5 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 - $465

Drive  •  29 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Canberra to Cairns 1566.7 miles

$220 - $330

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 Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay, Dubbo Station, Coach Bay, Tamworth Station, Coach Stop, Tamworth, and Brisbane in around 2 days 5 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $650
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 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
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
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
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, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Canberra to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 41 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 35 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, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $420
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 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
6 h 25 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
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
$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 - $290
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$284
B-Quick
$156
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
$23 - $50
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$23 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $50
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
$160 - $230
Flexifare
$190 - $260
Murrays Coaches
Website
murrays.com.au
Bus from Canberra to Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $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

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Canberra to Cairns?

The distance between Canberra and Cairns is 2069 km. The road distance is 2507 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Canberra to Cairns?

The cheapest way to get from Canberra to Cairns is to bus and fly which costs $160 - $550 and takes 7 h 17 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Canberra to Cairns?

The quickest way to get from Canberra to Cairns is to fly which takes 6 h 21 min and costs $270 - $650.

Is there a direct bus between Canberra and Cairns?

No, there is no direct bus from Canberra to Cairns. However, there are services departing from Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row and arriving at Cairns via Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay, Dubbo Station, Coach Bay, Tamworth and Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 5 h.

How long does it take to get from Canberra to Cairns?

It takes approximately 6 h 21 min to get from Canberra to Cairns, including transfers.