There are 6 ways to get from Gold Coast to Cairns by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly from Gold Coast  •  4 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Gold Coast (OOL) to Cairns (CNS) OOL - CNS

$80 - $367

5 alternative options

Train to Brisbane, fly  •  5 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
  2. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Cairns (CNS) BNE - CNS

$87 - $244

Train  •  27 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Roma Street, platform 6 Vlbd / ...
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station Spirit of Queensland

$149 - $283

Bus  •  31 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane Roma Street Gx243 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Gx443

$146 - $269

Train, bus  •  32 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Roma Street, platform 6 Vlbd / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station

$189 - $263

Drive  •  22 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Gold Coast to Cairns 1182.4 miles

$160 - $250

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Gold Coast to Cairns is to train and fly which costs $120 - $340 and takes 5 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Gold Coast to Cairns is to fly which costs $110 - $550 and takes 4 h 21 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Gold Coast to Cairns. However, there are services departing from Surfers Paradise and arriving at Cairns via Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 31 h 20 min.

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The distance between Gold Coast and Cairns is 1461 km. The road distance is 1891.8 km.

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The best way to get from Gold Coast to Cairns without a car is to train which takes 27 h 11 min and costs $200 - $400.

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It takes approximately 4 h 21 min to get from Gold Coast to Cairns, including transfers.

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Gold Coast to Cairns bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Surfers Paradise station.

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The best way to get from Gold Coast to Cairns is to fly which takes 4 h 21 min and costs $110 - $550. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $200 - $400 and takes 27 h 11 min, you could also bus, which costs $200 - $380 and takes 31 h 20 min.

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The quickest flight from Gold Coast Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 25 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Gold Coast to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 913.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 21 min

What companies run services between Gold Coast, QLD, Australia and Cairns, QLD, Australia?

Jetstar and Hong Kong fly from Gold Coast to Cairns 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Gold Coast to Cairns via Helensvale, platform 4, Helensvale, platform 2, Roma Street, platform 6, and Brisbane Roma Street in around 27 h 11 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns via Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $800
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Hong Kong
Website
hongkongairlines.com
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $800
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $340
Cathay Pacific
Website
cathaypacific.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Train operators
TRANSLink QLD
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $22
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$14 - $19
Standard
$17 - $22
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Roma Street, platform 6
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
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
$140 - $270
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$266
B-Quick
$147
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 Surfers Paradise to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $19
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$6 - $10
Flexifare
$13 - $19
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $250
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$150 - $220
Flexifare
$180 - $250
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
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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