There are 5 ways to get from Melbourne to Cairns by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Cairns (CNS) MEL - CNS

$113 - $432

4 alternative options

Train  •  2 days 3 h

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Central Station 622 / ...
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station

$308 - $592

Bus, train  •  2 days 4 h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Sydney
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station

$291 - $474

Bus  •  2 days 10 h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Gundagai
  2. Take the bus from Gundagai Coach Stop, Sheridan St to Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay 724
  3. Take the bus from Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay to Dubbo Station, Coach Bay 791
  4. Take the bus from Dubbo Station, Coach Bay to Tamworth Station, Coach Stop 361
  5. Take the bus from Tamworth to Brisbane
  6. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns

$330 - $477

Drive  •  33 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Cairns 1823.9 miles

$260 - $380

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Cairns is to fly which costs $150 - $600 and takes 4 h 47 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Cairns is to fly which costs $150 - $600 and takes 4 h 47 min.

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The distance between Melbourne and Cairns is 2324 km. The road distance is 2918.3 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 47 min to get from Melbourne to Cairns, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Cairns. However, there are services departing from Melbourne and arriving at Cairns via Gundagai Coach Stop, Sheridan St, Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay, Dubbo Station, Coach Bay, Tamworth and Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 10 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Melbourne to Cairns station. However, there are services departing from Southern Cross and arriving at Cairns Central Station via Central Station and Brisbane Roma Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 3 h.

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What companies run services between Melbourne, VIC, Australia and Cairns, QLD, Australia?

Jetstar, Tigerair Australia and two other airlines fly from Melbourne to Cairns hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Melbourne to Cairns via Central Station, Brisbane, and Brisbane Roma Street in around 2 days 3 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Train operators
XPT
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Central Station
Ave. Duration
11 h 8 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $180
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $80
First
$85 - $120
Sleeper
$150 - $180
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$95 - $140
1st Class
$130 - $190
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
24 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$150 - $280
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$274
B-Quick
$151
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Gundagai
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Gundagai Coach Stop, Sheridan St to Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Bus from Cootamundra Station, Coach Bay to Dubbo Station, Coach Bay
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Bus from Dubbo Station, Coach Bay to Tamworth Station, Coach Stop
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Crisps Coaches
Phone
(07) 4661 8333
Email
reservations@crisps.com.au
Website
crisps.com.au
Bus from Tamworth to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$86
Schedules at
crisps.com.au
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $260
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$150 - $220
Flexifare
$180 - $260

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