There are 5 ways to get from Newcastle to Cairns by plane, train, bus 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.

Recommended option

Fly from Newcastle  •  6 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Newcastle (NTL) to Cairns (CNS) NTL - CNS

$147 - $332

Cheapest option

Train to Sydney, fly  •  7 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Newcastle Interchange to Central Station
  2. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Cairns (CNS) SYD - CNS

$129 - $395

3 alternative options

Train  •  37 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Broadmeadow Station to Brisbane 31
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station Spirit of Queensland

$229 - $393

Train, bus  •  44 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Newcastle Interchange to Muswellbrook Station
  2. Take the bus from Muswellbrook Station, Coach Stop to Tamworth Station, Coach Stop 355
  3. Take the bus from Tamworth to Brisbane
  4. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns

$261 - $382

Drive  •  27 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Newcastle to Cairns 1431.9 miles

$200 - $300

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Newcastle to Cairns is to fly which costs $190 - $450 and takes 6 h 11 min.

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The quickest way to get from Newcastle to Cairns is to fly which costs $190 - $450 and takes 6 h 11 min.

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The distance between Newcastle and Cairns is 1879 km. The road distance is 2291 km.

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It takes approximately 6 h 11 min to get from Newcastle to Cairns, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct train from Newcastle station to Cairns station. However, there are services departing from Broadmeadow Station and arriving at Cairns Central Station via Brisbane Roma Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 37 h 9 min.

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What companies run services between Newcastle, NSW, Australia and Cairns, QLD, Australia?

Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia fly from Newcastle to Cairns hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane and Brisbane Roma Street in around 37 h 9 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $440
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane, Townsville
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $490
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $410
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
7 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Train operators
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Newcastle Interchange to Central Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$15 - $23
1st Class
$21 - $35
Train from Broadmeadow Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
11 h 49 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $120
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$75 - $120
1st Class
$110 - $160
Train from Newcastle Interchange to Muswellbrook Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$12 - $18
1st Class
$16 - $24
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
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Muswellbrook Station, Coach Stop to Tamworth Station, Coach Stop
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$13 - $19
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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