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There are 6 ways to get from Perth to Cairns by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  6h 6m

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

$216 - $633

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Train  •  4 days 15h

  1. Take the train from Perth to Mount Victoria
  2. Take the train from Mount Victoria Station to Strathfield Station Bmt
  3. Take the train from Strathfield Station to Brisbane 31
  4. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station

$1,159 - $2,624

Train, bus  •  4 days 23h

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

$1,278 - $2,860

Train, bus via Mount Victoria  •  5 days 0h

  1. Take the train from Perth to Mount Victoria
  2. Take the bus from Mount Victoria Station, Coach Stop to Blacktown Station, Stand D
  3. Take the bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
  4. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station

$1,150 - $2,508

Train, Great Southern Rail Line  •  5 days 7h

  1. Take the train from Perth to Adelaide Parklands
  2. Take the Great Southern Rail Line from Adelaide to Brisbane
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station

Drive  •  2 days 9h

  1. Drive from Perth to Cairns 5251.4 km

$550 - $900

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The cheapest way to get from Perth to Cairns is to fly which costs $210 - $650 and takes 6h 6m.

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The quickest way to get from Perth to Cairns is to fly which costs $210 - $650 and takes 6h 6m.

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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 Mount Victoria Station, Strathfield Station and Brisbane Roma Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 days 15h.

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The distance between Perth and Cairns is 3440 km. The road distance is 5251.4 km.

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The best way to get from Perth to Cairns without a car is to train which takes 4 days 15h and costs $1,100 - $2,700.

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

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Perth to Cairns train services, operated by Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific, depart from Perth station.

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The best way to get from Perth to Cairns is to fly which takes 6h 6m and costs $210 - $650. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $1,100 - $2,700 and takes 4 days 15h.

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The quickest flight from Perth Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 4h 10m.

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Cairns is 2h ahead of Perth. It is currently 6:14 AM in Perth and 8:14 AM in Cairns.

Map of how to get from Perth to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 3440.2 km
  • Duration: 6h 6m

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

Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas fly from Perth to Cairns 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Perth to Cairns via Mount Victoria Station, Strathfield Station, Brisbane, and Brisbane Roma Street in around 4 days 15h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Perth to Cairns
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Perth to Cairns
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
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 Mount Victoria
Ave. Duration
2 days 19h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$900 - $2,200
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Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$917
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,500 - $2,100
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,600 - $2,200
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,900 - $2,600
Train from Perth to Central Station
Ave. Duration
3 days 2h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$900 - $2,300
Book at
Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$943
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,600 - $2,100
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,700 - $2,300
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$2,000 - $2,700
Train from Perth to Adelaide Parklands
Ave. Duration
42h 50m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$600 - $1,400
Book at
Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$598
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,000 - $1,400
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,000 - $1,400
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,200 - $1,700
Transport NSW

Transport for NSW manages public transport for Australia’s New South Wales region, including metro, train, bus, ferry, light rail and coach. Hubs include Sydney, Byron Bay, Newcastle and Wollongong. Use an Opal card for cheapest fares in greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, the Hunter and the Illawarra. Tickets for regional train and bus services need to be booked before travel (Opal cards are not accepted).

Contact Details
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Mount Victoria Station to Strathfield Station
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
Transport NSW
Opal card
$7 - $10
Opal single trip ticket
$9 - $12
NSW TrainLink
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Strathfield Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14h 1m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Website
NSW TrainLink Train
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14h 12m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $100
Website
NSW TrainLink Train
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 45m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$170 - $370
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Queensland Rail Travel
Economy-B-Quick fare
$170 - $250
Economy-A-Choice Fare
$250 - $360
A-Choice
$369
B-Quick
$203
Great Southern
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Adelaide to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 days 8h
Frequency
Once a week
Book at
Great Southern
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, although service is limited in Western Australia with just a single route to Broome. Buses are equipped for long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers, reclining seats and an onboard bathroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$270 - $410
Advantage
$340 - $490
Premium
$360 - $550
Transport NSW

Transport for NSW manages public transport for Australia’s New South Wales region, including metro, train, bus, ferry, light rail and coach. Hubs include Sydney, Byron Bay, Newcastle and Wollongong. Use an Opal card for cheapest fares in greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, the Hunter and the Illawarra. Tickets for regional train and bus services need to be booked before travel (Opal cards are not accepted).

Contact Details
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Mount Victoria Station, Coach Stop to Blacktown Station, Stand D
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
Transport NSW
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $220
Website
Premier Motor Service

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Perth to Cairns is 5251 km. It takes approximately 2 days 9h to drive from Perth to Cairns.

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

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There are 574+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $125 AUD per night.

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The best way to get from Perth to Perth Airport is to line 40 bus which takes 31 min and costs $4 - $7.

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