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There are 4 ways to get from Rockhampton to Cairns by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  2h 59m

  1. Fly from Rockhampton (ROK) to Cairns (CNS) ROK - CNS

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Train  •  16h 14m

  1. Take the train from Rockhampton to Cairns Central Station Spirit of Queensland

Bus  •  16h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Rockhampton George Street to Cairns Central Station Pm16 / ...

Drive  •  14h 15m

  1. Drive from Rockhampton to Cairns 1068.9 km

Rockhampton to Cairns by train

5 Weekly Trains
16h 14m Average Duration
$100 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Rockhampton to Cairns is to bus which costs $120 - $380 and takes 16h 35m.

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The fastest way to get from Rockhampton to Cairns is to fly which takes 2h 59m and costs $100 - $850.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Rockhampton George Street and arriving at Cairns Central Station station. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 16h 35m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Rockhampton and arriving at Cairns Central Station station. Services depart five times a week, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 16h 14m.

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The distance between Rockhampton and Cairns is 885 km. The road distance is 1068.9 km.

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The best way to get from Rockhampton to Cairns without a car is to train which takes 16h 14m and costs $100 - $3,900.

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It takes approximately 2h 59m to get from Rockhampton to Cairns, including transfers.

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Rockhampton to Cairns bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, depart from Rockhampton George Street station.

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Rockhampton to Cairns train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, depart from Rockhampton station.

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The best way to get from Rockhampton to Cairns is to fly which takes 2h 59m and costs $100 - $850. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $100 - $3,900 and takes 16h 14m, you could also bus, which costs $120 - $380 and takes 16h 35m.

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Map of how to get from Rockhampton to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 884.8 km
  • Duration: 2h 59m

What companies run services between Rockhampton, QLD, Australia and Cairns, QLD, Australia?

Bonza flies from Rockhampton to Cairns twice a week. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Rockhampton to Cairns Central Station 5 times a week. Tickets cost $100 - $3,900 and the journey takes 16h 14m.

Airlines
Bonza
Website
flybonza.com
Flights from Rockhampton to Cairns
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1800 872 467
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Rockhampton to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
16h 14m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $3,900
Book at
https://queenslandrailtravel-booking.opendestinations.com/BookingSite/rail/search
Website
https://www.queenslandrailtravel.com.au/
Schedules at
https://www.queenslandrailtravel.com.au/Pages/Timetable.aspx
BQuick
$100 - $180
AChoice
$170 - $260
Gold Class
$3,072
Heritage Class
$3,847
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Phone
13 34 10
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Rockhampton George Street to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
16h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $220
Website
https://premierms.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 Rockhampton to Cairns
Ave. Duration
16h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160 - $380
Website
https://www.greyhound.com.au/
Schedules at
https://www.greyhound.com.au/timetables
Early Bird
$160 - $230
Advantage
$190 - $290
Flexible
$250 - $380

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Rockhampton to Cairns bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, arrive at Cairns Central Station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Rockhampton to Cairns is 1069 km. It takes approximately 14h 15m to drive from Rockhampton to Cairns.

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There are 921+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $116 AUD per night.

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