There are 5 ways to get from Emerald to Cairns by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  4 h 53 min

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

$152 - $298

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Bus  •  22 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Emerald station to Gracemere Gx478 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Rockhampton George Street to Cairns Central Station

$133 - $230

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Bus, train  •  20 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Emerald station to Rockhampton Gx478 / ...
  2. Take the train from Rockhampton to Cairns Central Station Spirit of Queensland

$143 - $257

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

$157 - $231

Drive  •  11 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Emerald to Cairns 599.5 miles

$85 - $130

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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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No, there is no direct bus from Emerald station to Cairns station. However, there are services departing from Emerald station and arriving at Cairns Central Station via Lawrie St near Conaghan Park and Rockhampton George Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22 h 10 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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The distance between Emerald and Cairns is 776 km. The road distance is 959.1 km.

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The best way to get from Emerald to Cairns without a car is to bus and train which takes 20 h 54 min and costs $190 - $360.

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

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

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Emerald to Cairns train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, depart from Emerald station.

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The best way to get from Emerald to Cairns is to fly which takes 4 h 53 min and costs $200 - $410. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $210 - $320 and takes 22 h 8 min, you could also bus, which costs $180 - $320 and takes 22 h 10 min.

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Map of how to get from Emerald to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 484.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 53 min

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 train from Emerald to Cairns via Rockhampton in around 22 h 8 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, Wednesday 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 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
Train from Emerald to Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
4 h 44 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
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 Emerald station to Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $80
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$22 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $45
Bus from Emerald station to Gracemere
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $80
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$21 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $45
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Rockhampton George Street to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
16 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $150
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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There is no direct flight from Emerald Airport to Cairns Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 40 min and has one stopover.

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Emerald to Cairns bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, arrive at Cairns Central Station.

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Emerald to Cairns train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Cairns Central Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Emerald to Cairns is 959 km. It takes approximately 11 h 27 min to drive from Emerald to Cairns.

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

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There are 452+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $72 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Emerald to Emerald Airport is to taxi which takes 5 min and costs $22 - $27.

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