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

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Fly from Newcastle  •  7 h 27 min

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

$148 - $331

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Train to Sydney, fly  •  8 h 29 min

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

$128 - $392

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

$216 - $379

Bus  •  44 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Newcastle to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Gx443

$226 - $363

Drive  •  27 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Newcastle to Cairns 1431.9 miles

$200 - $300

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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 44 h 40 min.

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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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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 37 h 9 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 27 min to get from Newcastle to Cairns, including transfers.

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Newcastle to Cairns bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, 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 7 h 27 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 37 h 9 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 44 h 40 min.

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There is no direct flight from Newcastle Airport to Cairns Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 45 min 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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Map of how to get from Newcastle to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 1174.3 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 27 min

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

Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar 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 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $450
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
8 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
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
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
8 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Melbourne, Adelaide
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Melbourne, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $410
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
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 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
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 34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$15 - $22
1st Class
$21 - $30
Train from Broadmeadow Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
11 h 49 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$75 - $110
1st Class
$100 - $160
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
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$264
B-Quick
$145
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Newcastle to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$170 - $230
Schedules at
premierms.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 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

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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 27 h 8 min to drive from Newcastle to Cairns.

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

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There are 458+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $70 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Newcastle to Newcastle Airport is to line 136 bus which takes 27 min and costs .

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