There are 4 ways to get from Houston to Great Barrier Reef by plane, ferry or bus

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly from Houston, ferry  •  29h 45m

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

$2,231 - $6,150

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Fly from Houston Hobby Apt, ferry  •  30h 16m

  1. Fly from Houston Hobby Apt (HOU) to Cairns (CNS) HOU - CNS
  2. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$2,331 - $5,647

Bus to College Station, fly, ferry  •  34h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Houston, Tx to Bryan, Tx
  2. Fly from College Station (CLL) to Cairns (CNS) CLL - CNS
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$3,185 - $8,226

Bus to Austin, fly, ferry  •  33h 33m

  1. Take the bus from Hyatt Regency Houston to Austin
  2. Fly from Austin (AUS) to Cairns (CNS) AUS - CNS
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$2,285 - $5,111

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Houston to Great Barrier Reef is to bus and fly and ferry which costs $1,500 - $3,500 and takes 33h 33m.

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The quickest way to get from Houston to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $1,500 - $4,200 and takes 29h 45m.

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The distance between Houston and Great Barrier Reef is 13656 km.

It takes approximately 29h 45m to get from Houston to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Houston Airport to Cairns Airport. The quickest flight takes 21h 40m and has one stopover.

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Jetstar, American Airlines, United Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Houston Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are two+ hotels available in Great Barrier Reef. Prices start at $150 AUD per night.

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The best way to get from Houston to Houston Airport is to line 102 bus which takes 49 min and costs $1 - $4.

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Map of how to get from Houston to Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Distance: 13655.8 km
  • Duration: 29h 45m

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

There is no direct connection from Houston to Great Barrier Reef. However, you can take the line 102 bus to Bush Iah Terminal C, take the walk to Houston airport, fly to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns Airport, take the shuttle to Palm Cove, take the walk to Williams Esplanade at Caryota St, take the line 110 bus to Cairns City Bus Station Platform 1, 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 040 bus to Hobby Airport, take the walk to Houston Hobby Apt airport, fly to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns Airport, take the shuttle to Palm Cove, take the walk to Williams Esplanade at Caryota St, take the line 110 bus to Cairns City Bus Station Platform 1, take the walk to Cairns, take the ferry to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, then take the walk to Great Barrier Reef.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Houston to Cairns via Los Angeles, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
24h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$2,100 - $6,000
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Cairns via Los Angeles, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
22h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$2,400 - $6,500
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Cairns via Dallas/Ft.Worth, Los Angeles, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
26h 4m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$2,400 - $6,500
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Cairns via Dallas/Ft.Worth, San Francisco, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
27h 16m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$2,500 - $7,000
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Cairns via Dallas/Ft.Worth, Sydney
Ave. Duration
30h 43m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$2,600 - $7,000
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Cairns via Los Angeles, Sydney
Ave. Duration
26h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$2,600 - $7,000
Flights from College Station to Cairns via Dallas/Ft.Worth, Los Angeles, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
25h 58m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$3,000 - $8,000
Flights from College Station to Cairns via Dallas/Ft.Worth, Sydney
Ave. Duration
30h 21m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$3,100 - $8,500
Flights from College Station to Cairns via Dallas/Ft.Worth, San Francisco, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
29h 16m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$3,000 - $8,500
Flights from Austin to Cairns via Los Angeles, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
23h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$2,200 - $6,000
Flights from Austin to Cairns via Los Angeles, Sydney
Ave. Duration
25h 38m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$2,200 - $10,000
Flights from Austin to Cairns via Dallas/Ft.Worth, Los Angeles, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
25h 34m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$2,200 - $6,000
Flights from Austin to Cairns via Phoenix, Los Angeles, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
25h 41m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$2,200 - $6,000
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Houston to Cairns via Los Angeles, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
24h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$2,100 - $6,000
Flights from Houston to Cairns via Dallas/Ft.Worth, Sydney
Ave. Duration
25h 25m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$2,200 - $6,000
Flights from Houston to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
22h 30m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$2,200 - $8,500
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Cairns via Dallas/Ft.Worth, Sydney
Ave. Duration
25h 6m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$2,600 - $7,000
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Cairns via Los Angeles, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
22h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$2,400 - $6,500
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Cairns via Dallas/Ft.Worth, San Francisco, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
27h 16m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$2,500 - $7,000
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Cairns via Los Angeles, Sydney
Ave. Duration
26h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$2,600 - $7,000
Flights from College Station to Cairns via Dallas/Ft.Worth, Sydney
Ave. Duration
27h 6m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$3,100 - $8,500
Flights from Austin to Cairns via Los Angeles, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
24h 33m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$2,200 - $6,000
Flights from Austin to Cairns via Dallas/Ft.Worth, Sydney
Ave. Duration
25h 14m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$2,300 - $6,500
Flights from Austin to Cairns via Los Angeles, Sydney
Ave. Duration
25h 38m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$2,200 - $10,000
Flights from Austin to Cairns via San Francisco, Sydney
Ave. Duration
26h 35m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$2,400 - $6,500
Flights from Austin to Cairns via San Francisco, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
28h 5m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$2,500 - $7,000
Flights from Austin to Cairns via Los Angeles, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
28h 28m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$2,500 - $6,500
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Houston to Cairns via Auckland
Ave. Duration
21h 40m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$2,400 - $6,000
Flights from Houston to Cairns via Los Angeles, Auckland
Ave. Duration
24h 59m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$2,500 - $6,000
Flights from Houston to Cairns via Auckland, Sydney
Ave. Duration
25h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$2,500 - $6,000
Flights from Houston to Cairns via Los Angeles, Sydney
Ave. Duration
25h 23m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$2,300 - $8,500
Flights from College Station to Cairns via Houston, Auckland
Ave. Duration
25h 20m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$3,500 - $8,500
Flights from College Station to Cairns via Houston, Los Angeles, Sydney
Ave. Duration
28h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$3,300 - $13,000
Flights from College Station to Cairns via Houston, San Francisco, Sydney
Ave. Duration
28h 50m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$3,400 - $13,000
Flights from College Station to Cairns via Houston, Los Angeles, Auckland
Ave. Duration
29h 1m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$3,600 - $9,000
Flights from College Station to Cairns via Dallas/Ft.Worth, Sydney
Ave. Duration
27h 6m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$3,100 - $8,500
Flights from Austin to Cairns via Houston, Auckland
Ave. Duration
23h 55m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$2,600 - $6,500
Flights from Austin to Cairns via Los Angeles, Auckland
Ave. Duration
25h 25m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$2,600 - $6,500
Flights from Austin to Cairns via San Francisco, Auckland
Ave. Duration
27h 9m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$2,700 - $6,500
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Cairns via Los Angeles, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
22h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$2,200 - $5,500
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Cairns via Los Angeles, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
26h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$2,400 - $6,000
Flights from College Station to Cairns via Houston, Sydney
Ave. Duration
26h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$3,300 - $12,000
Flights from Austin to Cairns via Los Angeles, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
22h 7m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$2,000 - $4,800
Flights from Austin to Cairns via Los Angeles, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
28h 20m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$2,200 - $5,500
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Houston to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
22h 30m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$2,200 - $8,500
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Houston, Tx to Bryan, Tx
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$50 - $75
Vonlane
Website
vonlane.com
Bus from Hyatt Regency Houston to Austin
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$154
Schedules at
vonlane.com
Book at
vonlane.com
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
$96
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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