There are 7 ways to get from Melbourne to Cooktown by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly to Cooktown  •  6 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Cooktown (CTN) MEL - CTN

$168 - $243

6 alternative options

Fly to Cairns, bus  •  13 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Cairns (CNS) MEL - CNS
  2. Take the bus from Palm Cove to Cooktown

Bus, train via Brisbane  •  2 days 10 h

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

Train, bus  •  2 days 12 h

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Central Station 622 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
  4. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Cooktown

Bus, train  •  2 days 15 h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Central Station
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
  4. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Cooktown

Bus, train via Wagga Wagga  •  2 days 19 h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Wagga Wagga
  2. Take the train from Wagga Wagga to Central Station 622 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
  4. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
  5. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Cooktown

Drive  •  38 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Cooktown 2033.4 miles

$290 - $420

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Cooktown is to fly which costs $230 - $340 and takes 6 h 51 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Cooktown is to fly which costs $230 - $340 and takes 6 h 51 min.

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The distance between Melbourne and Cooktown is 2484 km. The road distance is 3253.4 km.

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It takes approximately 6 h 51 min to get from Melbourne to Cooktown, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Melbourne Airport to Cooktown Airport. The quickest flight takes 11 h 15 min and has one stopover.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Cooktown.
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  • Distance: 1552.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 51 min

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

Jetstar, Okapi Airlines and three other airlines fly from Melbourne to Cooktown every 3 hours.

Airlines
Okapi Airlines
Flights from Melbourne to Cooktown via Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $310
Flights from Melbourne to Cooktown via Sydney, Cairns
Ave. Duration
8 h 6 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $320
Flights from Melbourne to Cooktown via Brisbane, Cairns
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
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
Every day
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
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
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
$90 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $140
1st Class
$120 - $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
$140 - $280
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$270
B-Quick
$149
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 - $170
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $80
First
$85 - $110
Sleeper
$150 - $170
Train from Wagga Wagga to Central Station
Ave. Duration
6 h 36 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $140
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$35 - $50
First
$50 - $70
Sleeper
$120 - $140
Bus operators
QConnect - Trans North
Phone
(07) 4095 8644
Website
transnorthbus.com
Bus from Palm Cove to Cooktown
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Schedules at
transnorthbus.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Cooktown
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
transnorthbus.com.au
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Central Station
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$75 - $110
Flexifare
$95 - $130
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
16 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$80 - $120
Flexifare
$100 - $140
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $130
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$190 - $250
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Wagga Wagga
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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