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There are 8 ways to get from Coffs Harbour to Great Barrier Reef by plane, ferry, 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.

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Fly from Coffs Harbour, ferry  •  9h 31m

  1. Fly from Coffs Harbour (CFS) to Cairns (CNS) CFS - CNS
  2. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$382 - $465

Cheapest option

Bus, bus to Gold Coast, fly, ferry  •  12h 19m

  1. Take the bus from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay
  2. Take the bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast Airport
  3. Fly from Gold Coast (OOL) to Cairns (CNS) OOL - CNS
  4. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$259 - $719

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Bus to Port Macquarie, fly, ferry  •  12h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie
  2. Fly from Port Macquarie (PQQ) to Cairns (CNS) PQQ - CNS
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$457 - $781

Bus to Armidale, fly, ferry  •  12h 44m

  1. Take the bus from Coffs Harbour to Armidale
  2. Fly from Armidale (ARM) to Cairns (CNS) ARM - CNS
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$371 - $649

Bus, train, ferry via Grafton  •  33h 49m

  1. Take the bus from Coffs Harbour to Grafton City South
  2. Take the train from Grafton Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
  4. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$350 - $547

Bus, train, ferry  •  35h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Coffs Harbour to Brisbane Roma Street
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$362 - $631

Bus, ferry  •  39h 56m

  1. Take the bus from Coffs Harbour to Brisbane Roma Street
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$358 - $955

Bus, ferry via Woolgoolga Solitary Islands Way  •  43h 36m

  1. Take the bus from Woolgoolga Solitary Islands Way to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$375 - $544

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Coffs Harbour to Great Barrier Reef is to bus and fly and ferry which costs $250 - $750 and takes 12h 19m.

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The quickest way to get from Coffs Harbour to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $380 - $470 and takes 9h 31m.

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The distance between Coffs Harbour and Great Barrier Reef is 1671 km.

The best way to get from Coffs Harbour to Great Barrier Reef without a car is to bus and train and ferry via Grafton which takes 33h 49m and costs $350 - $550.

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It takes approximately 9h 31m to get from Coffs Harbour to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Coffs Harbour Airport to Cairns Airport. The quickest flight takes 5h 35m and has one stopover.

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Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Coffs Harbour Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are two+ hotels available in Great Barrier Reef. Prices start at $150 AUD per night.

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The best way to get from Coffs Harbour to Coffs Harbour Airport is to line 364 bus which takes 5m and costs $3 - $5.

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Map of how to get from Coffs Harbour to Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Distance: 1044.3 miles
  • Duration: 9h 31m

What companies run services between Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia and Great Barrier Reef?

There is no direct connection from Coffs Harbour to Great Barrier Reef. However, you can take the line 364 bus to Coffs Harbour Airport, Airport Drive, take the walk to Coffs Harbour airport, fly to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns Airport, take the shuttle to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns, take the ferry to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, then take the walk to Great Barrier Reef. Alternatively, you can take the bus to Byron Bay, take the bus to Gold Coast Airport, take the walk to Gold Coast airport, fly to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns Airport, take the shuttle to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns, take the ferry to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, then take the walk to Great Barrier Reef.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Coffs Harbour to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $380
Flights from Coffs Harbour to Cairns via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $350
Flights from Coffs Harbour to Cairns via Sydney, Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $440
Flights from Coffs Harbour to Cairns via Sydney, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
10h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $350
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Port Macquarie to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $1,100
Flights from Port Macquarie to Cairns via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$480 - $1,300
Flights from Armidale to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $950
Flights from Armidale to Cairns via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$350 - $950
Flights from Armidale to Cairns via Sydney, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
10h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$410 - $1,000
Flights from Armidale to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $420
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Coffs Harbour to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $340
Flights from Coffs Harbour to Cairns via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $340
Flights from Port Macquarie to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,000
Flights from Port Macquarie to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
7h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,100
Flights from Port Macquarie to Cairns via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$410 - $1,100
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Armidale to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $420
Train operators
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Grafton Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$35 - $55
1st Class
$50 - $75
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
$200 - $370
Book at
Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$369
B-Quick
$203
Bus operators
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 Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $90
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early bird
$40 - $50
Advantage
$45 - $65
Premium
$50 - $90
Bus from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early bird
$30 - $40
Advantage
$35 - $40
Premium
$35 - $60
Bus from Coffs Harbour to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $160
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early bird
$60 - $80
Advantage
$80 - $120
Premium
$85 - $160
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early bird
$210 - $270
Advantage
$290 - $460
Premium
$320 - $700
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Coffs Harbour to Grafton City South
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Coffs Harbour to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Woolgoolga Solitary Islands Way to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$210 - $350
Website
Premier Motor Service
Skybus
Byron Easybus
Phone
+612 6685 7447
Email
info@byronbus.com
Website
byronbayshuttle.com.au
Bus from Byron Bay Visitor Centre to Gold Coast Airport
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
Byron Easybus
Byron Bay Express
Phone
+61 418 364 364
Email
bookings@byronbayexpress.com.au
Website
byronbayexpress.com.au
Bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast Airport
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$28
Schedules at
byronbayexpress.com.au
Book at
byronbayexpress.com.au
Ferry operators
Green Island Adventures
Phone
(61) 7 4044 9944
Email
central_ga@quicksilvergroup.com.au
Website
green-island.com.au
Ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$96
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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