There are 5 ways to get from Perth to Cairns by plane, bus, train 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 6 min

  1. Fly from Perth (PER) to Cairns (CNS) PER - CNS

$159 - $623

4 alternative options

Bus  •  3 days 22 h

  1. Take the bus from Wellington St Forrest Place R10 / Y14 to Roebuck Plains Roadhouse Caravan Park, Broome Highway, Australia
  2. Take the bus from Roebuck Plains to Katherine
  3. Take the bus from Katherine to Tennant Creek
  4. Take the bus from Tennant Creek to Townsville
  5. Take the bus from Townsville to Cairns

$571 - $1,012

Train  •  4 days 10 h

  1. Take the train from Perth to Sydney
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station

$915 - $2,016

Train, bus  •  4 days 15 h

  1. Take the train from Perth to Sydney
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station

$965 - $1,996

Drive  •  2 days 12 h

  1. Drive from Perth to Cairns 3351.1 miles

$470 - $700

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Perth to Cairns is to fly which costs $210 - $900 and takes 6 h 6 min.

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The quickest way to get from Perth to Cairns is to fly which costs $210 - $900 and takes 6 h 6 min.

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The distance between Perth and Cairns is 3440 km. The road distance is 5361.8 km.

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Perth to Cairns. However, there are services departing from Wellington St Forrest Place R10 / Y14 and arriving at Cairns via Roebuck Plains, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Townsville. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 22 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Perth to Cairns station. However, there are services departing from Perth and arriving at Cairns Central Station via Central Station and Brisbane Roma Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 days 10 h.

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The nearest airport to Cairns is Cairns (CNS) Airport which is 5.5 km away. Other nearby airports include Cooktown (CTN) (175.7 km), Palm Island (PMK) (221.3 km), Townsville (TSV) (280.4 km) and Proserpine (PPP) (493.3 km).

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Map of how to get from Perth to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 2150.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 6 min

What companies run services between Perth, WA, Australia and Cairns, QLD, Australia?

Jetstar, Qantas and two other airlines fly from Perth to Cairns hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Perth to Cairns via Roebuck Plains Roadhouse Caravan Park, Broome Highway, Australia, Roebuck Plains, Katherine, Tennant Creek, and Townsville in around 3 days 22 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Perth to Cairns
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $900
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
8 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Perth to Cairns
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $900
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$140 - $900
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $480
Train operators
Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Perth to Sydney
Ave. Duration
2 days 18 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$650 - $1,700
Schedules at
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$685
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,100 - $1,600
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,200 - $1,700
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,400 - $1,900
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
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
$140 - $270
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$269
B-Quick
$148
Bus operators
Integrity Coach Lines (Aust) Pty Ltd
Website
integritycoachlines.com.au
Bus from Wellington St Forrest Place R10 / Y14 to Roebuck Plains Roadhouse Caravan Park, Broome Highway, Australia
Ave. Duration
34 h 24 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$220 - $330
Schedules at
integritycoachlines.com.au
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Roebuck Plains to Katherine
Ave. Duration
22 h 27 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$160 - $220
Bus from Katherine to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$55 - $80
Flexifare
$70 - $100
Bus from Tennant Creek to Townsville
Ave. Duration
19 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$150 - $220
Bus from Townsville to Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $150
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$29 - $45
Flexifare
$35 - $55
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$190 - $250
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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