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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  •  5h 28m

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

$81 - $367

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Train to Brisbane, fly  •  6h 59m

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

$88 - $244

Train  •  27h 11m

  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  •  30h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane Roma Street Gx241 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Gx443

$146 - $268

Train, bus  •  32h 24m

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

$159 - $263

Drive  •  22h 17m

  1. Drive from Gold Coast to Cairns 1182.4 miles

$160 - $250

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The cheapest way to get from Gold Coast to Cairns is to train and fly which costs $120 - $350 and takes 6h 59m.

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The quickest way to get from Gold Coast to Cairns is to fly which costs $110 - $550 and takes 5h 28m.

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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 30h 55m.

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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 27h 11m and costs $210 - $400.

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It takes approximately 5h 28m 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 5h 28m and costs $110 - $550. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $210 - $400 and takes 27h 11m, you could also bus, which costs $200 - $380 and takes 30h 55m.

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

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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: 5h 28m

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

Jetstar and Qantas fly from Gold Coast to Cairns every 4 hours. 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 27h 11m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $460
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $410
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $340
Cathay Pacific
Website
cathaypacific.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Train operators
TRANSLink QLD
Phone
13 12 30
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $22
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$14 - $19
Standard
$16 - $22
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Roma Street, platform 6
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
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
24h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$262
B-Quick
$145
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
55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $19
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$6 - $9
Flexifare
$13 - $19
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $250
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$140 - $210
Flexifare
$170 - $250
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $250
Website
Premier Motor Service

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Yes, the driving distance between Gold Coast to Cairns is 1892 km. It takes approximately 22h 17m to drive from Gold Coast to Cairns.

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Qantas and Jetstar offer flights from Gold Coast Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are 492+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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