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There are 6 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.

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Fly from Newcastle  •  7h 3m

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

$148 - $331

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Train to Sydney, fly  •  8h 19m

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

$128 - $392

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Train  •  37h 9m

  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

$216 - $379

Bus Greyhound Australia  •  43h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Newcastle to Brisbane Roma Street Gx243 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Gx443

$207 - $363

Bus Premier Motor Service  •  47h 54m

  1. Take the bus from Charlestown to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station

$217 - $373

Drive  •  27h 8m

  1. Drive from Newcastle to Cairns 1431.9 miles

$200 - $300

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The cheapest way to get from Newcastle to Cairns is to fly which costs $200 - $470 and takes 7h 3m.

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The quickest way to get from Newcastle to Cairns is to fly which costs $200 - $470 and takes 7h 3m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Newcastle to Cairns. However, there are services departing from Newcastle and arriving at Cairns via Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 43h 55m.

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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 37h 9m.

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

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The best way to get from Newcastle to Cairns without a car is to train which takes 37h 9m and costs $300 - $550.

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It takes approximately 7h 3m to get from Newcastle to Cairns, including transfers.

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Newcastle to Cairns bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Newcastle station.

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Newcastle to Cairns train services, operated by Transport NSW, arrive at Broadmeadow Station.

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The best way to get from Newcastle to Cairns is to fly which takes 7h 3m and costs $200 - $470. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $300 - $550 and takes 37h 9m, you could also bus, which costs $290 - $550 and takes 43h 55m.

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Map of how to get from Newcastle to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 1174.3 miles
  • Duration: 7h 3m

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

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

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $450
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane, Townsville
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$160 - $490
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $410
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Melbourne, Sydney
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $410
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $410
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Gold Coast, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
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
2h 34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$15 - $22
1st Class
$21 - $30
Train from Broadmeadow Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
11h 49m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$75 - $110
1st Class
$100 - $150
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
24h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
Book at
Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$262
B-Quick
$145
Bus operators
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 Newcastle to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
13h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$65 - $95
Flexifare
$80 - $120
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $250
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$140 - $210
Flexifare
$170 - $250
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Newcastle to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
15h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $110
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Charlestown to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
15h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $250
Website
Premier Motor Service

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More Questions & Answers

There is no direct flight from Newcastle Airport to Cairns Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 20m and has one stopover.

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Newcastle to Cairns bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Cairns station.

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Cairns is 1h behind Newcastle. It is currently 4:08 AM in Newcastle and 3:08 AM in Cairns.

Newcastle to Cairns train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Cairns Central Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Newcastle to Cairns is 2291 km. It takes approximately 27h 8m to drive from Newcastle to Cairns.

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

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There are 495+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Newcastle to Newcastle Airport is to bus which takes 28m and costs $3 - $5.

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