There are 6 ways to get from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island by plane, train, bus, shuttle or ferry

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Hamilton Island  •  3 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Hamilton Island (HTI) CNS - HTI

$195 - $628

Cheapest option

Shuttle, bus, ferry  •  15 h 33 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Port Douglas to Cairns
  2. Take the bus from Cairns to Airlie Beach
  3. Take the ferry from Port of Airlie to Hamilton Island Marina

$116 - $193

4 alternative options

Fly to Proserpine, travel  •  8 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Proserpine (PPP) CNS - PPP
  2. Travel from Proserpine to Whitsunday Island

Fly to Mackay, train  •  10 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Mackay (MKY) CNS - MKY
  2. Take the train from Mackay to Proserpine

$223 - $618

Bus, train, travel  •  12 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Port Douglas to Cairns Central Station
  2. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Proserpine
  3. Travel from Proserpine to Whitsunday Island

Bus  •  13 h

  1. Take the bus from Port Douglas to Cairns Central Station
  2. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Airlie Beach

Questions & Answers

The distance between Port Douglas and Whitsunday Island is 560 km.

The best way to get from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island without a car is to bus and train and travel which takes 12 h 26 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 37 min to get from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island is to fly which takes 3 h 37 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 13 h.

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The quickest flight from Cairns Airport to Hamilton Island Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Qantas offers flights from Cairns Airport to Hamilton Island Airport.

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There are 83+ hotels available in Whitsunday Island. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Port Douglas to Cairns Airport is to shuttle which takes 1 h 15 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island.
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  • Distance: 350.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 37 min

What companies run services between Port Douglas, QLD, Australia and Whitsunday Island, QLD, Australia?

Qantas flies from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island once daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island via Port Douglas, Cairns Central Station, Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour Rd at Hermitage Drive, and Shute Harbour in around 13 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane, Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Mackay to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $27
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Queensland Rail Travel
Train from Cairns Central Station to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
9 h 31 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$70 - $100
Book at
Queensland Rail Travel
Bus operators
QConnect - Trans North
Phone
(07) 4095 8644
Website
transnorthbus.com
Bus from Port Douglas to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Schedules at
transnorthbus.com.au
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
10 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $85
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
BTS Port Douglas Bus
Phone
07 4099 5665
Email
info@portdouglasbus.com.au
Website
portdouglasbus.com.au
Shuttle from Port Douglas to Cairns
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $28
Book at
Port Douglas Bus
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 Cairns to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$50 - $75
Flexifare
$65 - $95
Ferry operators
Cruise Whitsundays

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