There are 4 ways to get from Emerald 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  •  4 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Emerald (EMD) to Cairns (CNS) EMD - CNS

$152 - $299

Cheapest option

Bus  •  21 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Emerald station to Rockhampton Gx478 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Rockhampton to Cairns Gx443

$118 - $239

2 alternative options

Train  •  22 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Emerald to Rockhampton Spirit of the Outback
  2. Take the train from Rockhampton to Cairns Central Station Spirit of Queensland

$158 - $232

Drive  •  11 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Emerald to Cairns 599.5 miles

$85 - $130

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Emerald to Cairns is to drive which costs $110 - $170 and takes 11 h 27 min.

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The quickest way to get from Emerald to Cairns is to fly which costs $200 - $410 and takes 4 h 53 min.

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The distance between Emerald and Cairns is 776 km. The road distance is 959.1 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 53 min to get from Emerald to Cairns, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Emerald station to Cairns. However, there are services departing from Emerald station and arriving at Cairns via Rockhampton. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 21 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Emerald to Cairns station. However, there are services departing from Emerald and arriving at Cairns Central Station via Rockhampton. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22 h 8 min.

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What companies run services between Emerald, QLD, Australia and Cairns, QLD, Australia?

Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar fly from Emerald to Cairns every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Emerald to Cairns via Rockhampton in around 21 h 30 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Emerald to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $500
Flights from Emerald to Cairns via Brisbane, Townsville
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $600
Flights from Emerald to Cairns via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $650
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Emerald to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $450
Flights from Emerald to Cairns via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
9 h
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $550
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Emerald to Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
4 h 44 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Rockhampton to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
16 h 24 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Emerald station to Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $80
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$23 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $45
Bus from Rockhampton to Cairns
Ave. Duration
17 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $160
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$95 - $140
Flexifare
$110 - $160

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