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

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Fly  •  6h 5m

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

$275 - $632

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Bus  •  3 days 21h

  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

$853 - $1,364

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

$1,192 - $2,719

Train, bus  •  5 days 0h

  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

$1,173 - $2,600

Train, Great Southern Rail Line  •  5 days 6h

  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 12h

  1. Drive from Perth to Cairns 5361.9 km

$750 - $1,200

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The cheapest way to get from Perth to Cairns is to fly which costs $270 - $650 and takes 6h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Perth to Cairns is to fly which costs $270 - $650 and takes 6h 5m.

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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 21h.

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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 5361.9 km.

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The best way to get from Perth to Cairns without a car is to bus which takes 3 days 21h and costs $850 - $1,400.

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It takes approximately 6h 5m to get from Perth to Cairns, including transfers.

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Perth to Cairns bus services, operated by Integrity Coach Lines (Aust) Pty Ltd, depart from Wellington St Forrest Place R10 / Y14 station.

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

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

Jetstar, Virgin Australia 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, Tennant Creek, and Townsville in around 3 days 21h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Perth to Cairns
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Perth to Cairns
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h 47m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $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 20h
Frequency
Twice 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 Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 days 3h
Frequency
Twice 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
43h 50m
Frequency
Twice 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
$20 - $40
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$20 - $27
First Class
$28 - $40
Train from Strathfield Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14h 1m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$85 - $160
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$85 - $120
First Class
$120 - $160
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14h 12m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$90 - $170
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$90 - $120
First Class
$120 - $170
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
Book at
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 7h
Frequency
Twice a week
Book at
Great Southern
Bus operators
Integrity Coach Lines (Aust) Pty Ltd
Phone
08 9274 7464
Email
info@integritycoachlines.com.au
Website
integritycoachlines.com.au
Bus from Wellington St Forrest Place R10 / Y14 to Roebuck Plains Roadhouse Caravan Park, Broome Highway, Australia
Ave. Duration
34h 15m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$310 - $450
Schedules at
integritycoachlines.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, 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 Roebuck Plains to Katherine
Ave. Duration
22h 5m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$200 - $340
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$200 - $250
Premium
$250 - $340
Advantage
$260 - $320
Bus from Katherine to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $160
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$95 - $120
Premium
$110 - $160
Advantage
$120 - $150
Bus from Tennant Creek to Townsville
Ave. Duration
19h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$190 - $330
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$190 - $240
Premium
$240 - $330
Advantage
$260 - $310
Bus from Townsville to Cairns
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$55 - $70
Premium
$65 - $90
Advantage
$65 - $80
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
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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The best way to get from Perth to Cairns is to fly which takes 6h 5m and costs $270 - $650. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $850 - $1,400 and takes 3 days 21h, you could also train, which costs $1,100 - $2,800 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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Perth to Cairns bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Cairns station.

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Cairns is 2h ahead of Perth. It is currently 10:45 AM in Perth and 12:45 PM in Cairns.

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 5362 km. It takes approximately 2 days 12h to drive from Perth to Cairns.

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

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There are 605+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $150 AUD per night.

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The best way to get from Perth to Perth Airport is to line 40 bus which takes 30 min and costs $5 - $7.

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