There are 5 ways to get from Melbourne to Port Douglas by plane, train, bus, shuttle or car

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  •  6 h 30 min

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

$123 - $441

4 alternative options

Train, bus  •  2 days 9 h

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

Bus, train, shuttle  •  2 days 11 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
  4. Take a shuttle bus from Cairns to Port Douglas

$332 - $545

Bus  •  2 days 15 h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Sydney
  2. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
  4. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Port Douglas

Drive  •  34 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Port Douglas 1865.1 miles

$260 - $390

Questions & Answers

The distance between Melbourne and Port Douglas is 2372 km. The road distance is 2984.2 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Port Douglas without a car is to train and bus which takes 2 days 9 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 30 min to get from Melbourne to Port Douglas, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Port Douglas is to fly which takes 6 h 30 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 2 days 15 h.

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 10 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Port Douglas is 2984 km. It takes approximately 34 h 55 min to drive from Melbourne to Port Douglas.

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Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are 255+ hotels available in Port Douglas. Prices start at $128 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Melbourne Airport is to bus which takes 20 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Port Douglas.
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  • Distance: 1482.6 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 30 min

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

Qantas, Jetstar and two other airlines fly from Melbourne to Port Douglas hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Melbourne to Port Douglas via Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns Central Station, and Port Douglas in around 2 days 15 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
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
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
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 - $170
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $80
First
$80 - $110
Sleeper
$150 - $170
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
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
Book at
Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$264
B-Quick
$145
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
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$180 - $250
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
QConnect - Trans North
Phone
(07) 4095 8644
Website
transnorthbus.com
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Port Douglas
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Schedules at
transnorthbus.com.au
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Central Station
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$75 - $110
Flexifare
$90 - $130
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $250
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$150 - $210
Flexifare
$170 - $250
BTS Port Douglas Bus
Phone
07 4099 5665
Email
info@portdouglasbus.com.au
Website
portdouglasbus.com.au
Shuttle from Cairns to Port Douglas
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $28
Book at
Port Douglas Bus
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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