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There are 4 ways to get from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns by train, plane or bus

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Train to Kuala Lumpur, fly  •  12h 5m

  1. Take the train from KL Sentral to Klia T1
  2. Fly from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Cairns (CNS) KUL - CNS

$294 - $595

Cheapest option

Bus to Kuantan, fly  •  22h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan Kuala Lumpur to UMP Gambang
  2. Fly from Kuantan (KUA) to Cairns (CNS) KUA - CNS

$271 - $702

2 alternative options

Train to Ipoh, fly  •  19h 16m

  1. Take the train from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh
  2. Fly from Ipoh (IPH) to Cairns (CNS) IPH - CNS

$460 - $1,239

Bus to Singapore Changi, fly  •  14h 34m

  1. Take the bus from KL Sentral to Bugis MRT Station
  2. Fly from Singapore Changi (SIN) to Cairns (CNS) SIN - CNS

$285 - $814

Malaysia → Australia
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The COVID-19 helpline number in Cairns is 1800 020 080.

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The cheapest way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns is to train and fly which costs RM 850 - RM 1800 and takes 12h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns is to train and fly which costs RM 850 - RM 1800 and takes 12h 5m.

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The distance between Kuala Lumpur and Cairns is 5327 km.

It takes approximately 12h 5m to get from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Kuala Lumpur Airport to Cairns Airport. The quickest flight takes 12h 20m and has one stopover.

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Cairns is 2h ahead of Kuala Lumpur. It is currently 4:35 AM in Kuala Lumpur and 6:35 AM in Cairns.

Qantas, AirAsia X, AirAsia and six other airlines offer flights from Kuala Lumpur Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are 817+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $150 AUD per night.

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Map of how to get from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 5326.8 km
  • Duration: 12h 5m

What companies run services between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Cairns, QLD, Australia?

There is no direct connection from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns. However, you can take the train to Klia T1, take the walk to Kuala Lumpur airport, fly to Cairns, then take the taxi to Cairns. Alternatively, you can take the train to Ipoh, take the walk to Medan Kidd, take the bus to Ipoh Airport, take the walk to Ipoh airport, fly to Cairns, then take the taxi to Cairns.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns via Ngurah Rai
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
11h 50m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,300
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
12h 25m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $550
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Ngurah Rai
Ave. Duration
15h 35m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Darwin
Ave. Duration
17h 10m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Ipoh to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Ngurah Rai
Ave. Duration
13h 45m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$440 - $1,400
Flights from Ipoh to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Perth
Ave. Duration
16h 30m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$430 - $1,200
Flights from Ipoh to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
14h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$750 - $1,900
Flights from Ipoh to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Sydney
Ave. Duration
21h 10m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$480 - $1,300
Flights from Singapore Changi to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
12h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$410 - $3,400
Flights from Singapore Changi to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
13h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$450 - $3,800
Flights from Singapore Changi to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
13h 50m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$460 - $3,800
Flights from Singapore Changi to Cairns via Ngurah Rai
Ave. Duration
11h 5m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Ngurah Rai
Ave. Duration
18h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Perth
Ave. Duration
19h 20m
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $650
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
22h 30m
When
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $700
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Kuala Lumpur, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
23h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,300
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Kuala Lumpur, Ngurah Rai
Ave. Duration
16h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Kuala Lumpur, Sydney
Ave. Duration
25h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$650 - $1,300
Singapore Airlines
Website
singaporeair.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns via Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
13h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$500 - $900
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
15h 30m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,100
Flights from Ipoh to Cairns via Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
22h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$900 - $1,600
Flights from Ipoh to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Sydney
Ave. Duration
17h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$750 - $1,900
Flights from Ipoh to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$750 - $1,800
Flights from Ipoh to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
17h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$750 - $1,900
Flights from Singapore Changi to Cairns
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$500 - $850
Flights from Singapore Changi to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
12h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$430 - $1,100
Flights from Singapore Changi to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
12h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $1,000
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
30h 30m
When
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $850
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Sydney
Ave. Duration
25h 10m
When
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$430 - $1,100
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
25h 15m
When
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,000
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
25h 25m
When
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$430 - $1,100
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Penang, Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
24h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $950
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns via Ngurah Rai
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
12h 25m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $550
Flights from Ipoh to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Ngurah Rai
Ave. Duration
13h 45m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$440 - $1,400
Flights from Ipoh to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Perth
Ave. Duration
16h 30m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$430 - $1,200
Flights from Ipoh to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
14h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$750 - $1,900
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Ngurah Rai
Ave. Duration
18h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Perth
Ave. Duration
19h 20m
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $650
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
22h 30m
When
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $700
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Kuala Lumpur, Ngurah Rai
Ave. Duration
16h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Kuala Lumpur, Sydney
Ave. Duration
25h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$650 - $1,300
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns via Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
13h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$500 - $900
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
15h 30m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,100
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
14h
When
Friday
Estimated price
$650 - $1,400
Flights from Singapore Changi to Cairns
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$500 - $850
Flights from Singapore Changi to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
12h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$430 - $1,100
Flights from Singapore Changi to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
12h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $1,000
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Penang, Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
24h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $950
SilkAir
Website
silkair.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns via Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
13h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$500 - $900
Flights from Ipoh to Cairns via Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
22h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$900 - $1,600
Flights from Singapore Changi to Cairns
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$500 - $850
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
30h 30m
When
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $850
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Penang, Singapore Changi
Ave. Duration
24h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $950
Air Niugini
Website
airniugini.com.pg
Flights from Ipoh to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Port Moresby
Ave. Duration
15h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,700
Flights from Singapore Changi to Cairns via Port Moresby
Ave. Duration
12h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Kuantan to Cairns via Singapore Changi, Port Moresby
Ave. Duration
24h
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Train operators
KLIA Express
Phone
+603 2267 8000
Website
kliaekspres.com
Train from KL Sentral to Klia T1
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $19
Website
http://www.kliaekspres.com/
KTM ETS Malaysia Railway
Phone
03 2267 1200
Email
cllcenter@ktmb.com.my
Website
ktmb.com.my
Train from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Website
http://www.ktmb.com.my
Silver
$8 - $9
Gold
$11 - $13
Platinum
$14 - $17
Bus operators
KKKL Travel & Tours
Email
enquiry@kkkl.com.sg
Website
kkkl.com.sg
Bus from KL Sentral to Bugis MRT Station
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$32
Schedules at
kkkl.com.sg
LA Holidays
Phone
+ 6012-389 5689
Email
general@laholidays.com.my
Website
laholidays.my
Bus from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan Kuala Lumpur to UMP Gambang
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
laholidays.my
Etika Express
Phone
03-9287 7799
Email
etikadelta@yahoo.com
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan to UMP Gambang
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
busonlineticket.com
Book at
easybook.com
Plusliner
Phone
+60 3 4045 8878
Email
talk2us@ktb.com.my
Website
redbus.my
Bus from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan to Universiti Malaysia Pahang
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
redbus.my

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