There are 2 ways to get from Hawaii to Great Barrier Reef by plane, ferry or train

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Fly to Cairns, ferry  •  20 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Honolulu (HNL) to Cairns (CNS) HNL - CNS
  2. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$586 - $1,990

1 alternative option

Fly to Townsville, train, ferry  •  29 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Honolulu (HNL) to Townsville (TSV) HNL - TSV
  2. Take the train from Townsville to Cairns Central Station
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$610 - $1,936

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The distance between Hawaii and Great Barrier Reef is 4642 miles.

It takes approximately 20 h 20 min to get from Hawaii to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Honolulu Airport to Cairns Airport. The quickest flight takes 16 h 30 min and has one stopover.

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Hawaiian Airlines, Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and three other airlines offer flights from Honolulu Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are two+ hotels available in Great Barrier Reef. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Hawaii to Honolulu Airport is to line 19 bus which takes 28 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Hawaii to Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Distance: 4641.6 miles
  • Duration: 20 h 20 min

What companies run services between Hawaii, USA and Great Barrier Reef?

There is no direct connection from Honolulu to Great Barrier Reef. However, you can take the line 19 bus to Airport Upper Level, take the walk to Honolulu airport, fly to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns Airport, take the shuttle to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns City Bus Station Platform 1, take the line 110 bus to Spence St at Grafton St, 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 line 19 bus to Airport Upper Level, take the walk to Honolulu airport, fly to Townsville, take the walk to Meenan St at Halifax Street, take the line 205 bus to Walker Street near Stanley St, take the walk to Stanley Street near Ogden St, take the line 201 bus to Flinders St at station, take the walk to Townsville, take the train to Cairns Central Station, take the walk to Cairns Central Shopping Centre, take the line 111 bus to Spence Street at Grafton St, 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 Honolulu to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
16 h 30 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$900 - $2,700
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
19 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,900
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
16 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$950 - $2,700
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14 h 20 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$1,200 - $3,900
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Sydney, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
17 h 40 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$1,000 - $2,900
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Nadi, Sydney
Ave. Duration
17 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$1,100 - $2,300
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Melbourne, Sydney
Ave. Duration
18 h
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,900
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18 h 5 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,900
Flights from Honolulu to Townsville via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
16 h 25 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$850 - $2,500
Flights from Honolulu to Townsville via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 55 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,800
Flights from Honolulu to Townsville via Sydney, Cairns
Ave. Duration
25 h 55 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$850 - $2,600
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Auckland, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 50 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$1,100 - $2,700
Flights from Honolulu to Townsville via Auckland, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 25 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$1,000 - $2,500
Flights from Honolulu to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
22 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$1,100 - $3,600
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Honolulu to Townsville via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
24 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$1,100 - $3,600
Flights from Honolulu to Townsville via Sydney
Ave. Duration
28 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$1,100 - $3,600
Flights from Honolulu to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
22 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$1,100 - $3,600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
19 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,900
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14 h 20 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$1,200 - $3,900
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Townsville to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
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Queensland Rail Travel
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
1 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$65
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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