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

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Bus, train to Brisbane, fly  •  8 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Sunshine Beach Rd at Noosa Plaza to Nambour station
  2. Take the train from Nambour, platform 1 to Eagle Junction, platform 3
  3. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Cairns (CNS) BNE - CNS

$94 - $251

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Bus, train, train to Gold Coast, fly  •  11 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from Sunshine Beach Rd at Noosa Plaza to Nambour station
  2. Take the train from Nambour, platform 1 to Central, platform 5
  3. Take the train from Central, platform 1 to Varsity Lakes, platform 2
  4. Fly from Gold Coast (OOL) to Cairns (CNS) OOL - CNS

$100 - $394

Train  •  23 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Cooroy to Cairns Central Station Spirit of Queensland

$144 - $275

Bus  •  26 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Noosa Junction to Cairns Gx443

$130 - $230

Drive  •  21 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Noosa Heads to Cairns 988.8 miles

$140 - $210

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The cheapest way to get from Noosa Heads to Cairns is to bus and train and fly which costs $130 - $360 and takes 8 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Noosa Heads to Cairns is to bus and train and fly which costs $130 - $360 and takes 8 h 50 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Noosa Junction and arriving at Cairns. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 26 h 55 min.

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The distance between Noosa Heads and Cairns is 1296 km. The road distance is 1582.1 km.

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The best way to get from Noosa Heads to Cairns without a car is to train which takes 23 h 44 min and costs $200 - $390.

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It takes approximately 8 h 50 min to get from Noosa Heads to Cairns, including transfers.

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Noosa Heads to Cairns bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Noosa Junction station.

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The best way to get from Noosa Heads to Cairns is to train which takes 23 h 44 min and costs $200 - $390. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $190 - $320 and takes 26 h 55 min.

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The quickest flight from Brisbane Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 20 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Noosa Heads to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 810.2 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 50 min

What companies run services between Noosa Heads, QLD, Australia and Cairns, QLD, Australia?

Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Noosa Heads to Cairns once daily. Tickets cost $140 - $270 and the journey takes 22 h 11 min. Alternatively, Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Noosa Heads to Cairns once daily. Tickets cost $130 - $230 and the journey takes 26 h 55 min. Premier Motor Service also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns via Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $480
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Flights from Gold Coast to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $340
Cathay Pacific
Website
cathaypacific.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Train operators
TRANSLink QLD
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Nambour, platform 1 to Eagle Junction, platform 3
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
translink.com.au
Train from Nambour, platform 1 to Central, platform 5
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
translink.com.au
Train from Central, platform 1 to Varsity Lakes, platform 2
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cooroy to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
22 h 11 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$262
B-Quick
$145
Bus operators
TRANSLink QLD
Website
translink.com.au
Bus from Sunshine Beach Rd at Noosa Plaza to Nambour station
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
jp.translink.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.

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Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Noosa Junction to Cairns
Ave. Duration
26 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $230
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $200
Flexifare
$160 - $230
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Noosa Heads Junction to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
27 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160 - $220
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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Yes, the driving distance between Noosa Heads to Cairns is 1582 km. It takes approximately 21 h 27 min to drive from Noosa Heads to Cairns.

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Cathay Pacific, Tigerair Australia, Jetstar and two other airlines offer flights from Brisbane 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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