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

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Fly  •  7 h 23 min

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

$160 - $623

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Train  •  3 days 16 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

$900 - $1,969

Train, bus  •  3 days 21 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

$940 - $1,949

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

$555 - $1,000

Drive  •  2 days 12 h

  1. Drive from Perth to Cairns 3351.1 miles

$470 - $700

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The cheapest way to get from Perth to Cairns is to fly which costs $220 - $900 and takes 7 h 23 min.

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The quickest way to get from Perth to Cairns is to fly which costs $220 - $900 and takes 7 h 23 min.

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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 3 days 16 h.

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

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The best way to get from Perth to Cairns without a car is to train which takes 3 days 16 h and costs $1,200 - $2,800.

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It takes approximately 7 h 23 min 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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The best way to get from Perth to Cairns is to fly which takes 7 h 23 min and costs $220 - $900. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $1,200 - $2,800 and takes 3 days 16 h, you could also bus, which costs $750 - $1,500 and takes 3 days 22 h.

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Map of how to get from Perth to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 2150.2 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 23 min

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

Jetstar, Qantas and two other airlines fly from Perth to Cairns every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Perth to Cairns via Sydney, Central Station, Brisbane, and Brisbane Roma Street in around 3 days 16 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Perth to Cairns
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
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
7 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Perth to Cairns
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $900
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $900
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $900
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
9 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $460
Flights from Perth to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
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
47 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$650 - $1,600
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Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$670
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,100 - $1,500
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,200 - $1,600
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 - $130
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
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
$262
B-Quick
$145
Bus operators
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
$180 - $250
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
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
34 h 24 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$220 - $320
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 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 Roebuck Plains to Katherine
Ave. Duration
22 h 27 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$150 - $220
Bus from Katherine to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $95
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$55 - $80
Flexifare
$65 - $95
Bus from Tennant Creek to Townsville
Ave. Duration
19 h 40 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$120 - $220
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210
Bus from Townsville to Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $150
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$28 - $40
Flexifare
$35 - $55

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The quickest flight from Perth Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 4 h 20 min.

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

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Cairns is 2 h ahead of Perth. It is currently 2:00 AM in Perth and 4:00 AM 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 12 h to drive from Perth to Cairns.

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

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There are 462+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $70 USD 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 $5 - $7.

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