There is 1 way to get from Melbourne to Great Barrier Reef by plane or ferry

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Fly, ferry  •  6 h 52 min

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

$184 - $503

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $240 - $700 and takes 6 h 52 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $240 - $700 and takes 6 h 52 min.

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The distance between Melbourne and Great Barrier Reef is 2343 km.

It takes approximately 6 h 52 min to get from Melbourne to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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What companies run services between Melbourne, VIC, Australia and Great Barrier Reef?

There is no direct connection from Melbourne to Great Barrier Reef. However, you can take the bus to Melbourne Airport T1 Skybus/Arrival Dr, take the walk to Melbourne airport, fly to Cairns, take the taxi 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 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
Ferry operators
Green Island Adventures
Website
green-island.com.au
Ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$69
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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