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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  •  19h 27m

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

$568 - $1,790

1 alternative option

Fly to Townsville, train, ferry  •  29h 29m

  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

$614 - $1,940

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Hawaii to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $550 - $1,800 and takes 19h 27m.

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The quickest way to get from Hawaii to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $550 - $1,800 and takes 19h 27m.

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

It takes approximately 19h 27m 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 16h and has one stopover.

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Japan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Fiji Airways and two 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 27m and costs $3.

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Map of how to get from Hawaii to Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Distance: 4641.6 miles
  • Duration: 19h 27m

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, 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 Cairns City Bus Station Platform 2, 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
18h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$480 - $1,700
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
16h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$700 - $2,200
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
13h 30m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$1,200 - $3,900
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Nadi, Sydney
Ave. Duration
16h 45m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$1,100 - $2,300
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Melbourne, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
18h 40m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,900
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Melbourne, Sydney
Ave. Duration
19h 10m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,900
Flights from Honolulu to Townsville via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
15h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$850 - $2,500
Flights from Honolulu to Townsville via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17h 45m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,800
Flights from Honolulu to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
21h 15m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$1,100 - $3,600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
18h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$480 - $1,700
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Sydney, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
18h 20m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,900
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
13h 30m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$1,200 - $3,900
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
20h 5m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,900
Flights from Honolulu to Townsville via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,800
Flights from Honolulu to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
21h 15m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$1,100 - $3,600
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Honolulu to Townsville via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
23h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$1,100 - $3,600
Flights from Honolulu to Townsville via Sydney
Ave. Duration
27h 30m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$1,100 - $3,600
Japan Airlines
Website
jal.com
Flights from Honolulu to Cairns via Tokyo Narita
Ave. Duration
18h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$1,000 - $3,600
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
6h 37m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Book at
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
1h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$69
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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