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There are 6 ways to get from Sunshine Coast Airport to Cairns by plane, shuttle, train, bus or car

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Fly from Maroochydore  •  2h 28m

  1. Fly from Maroochydore (MCY) to Cairns (CNS) MCY - CNS

$311 - $1,071

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Bus  •  29h 8m

  1. Take the bus from Noosa Heads Junction to Cairns Central Station Pm16

$135 - $226

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Shuttle to Brisbane, fly  •  6h 35m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Maroochydore to Brisbane Airport
  2. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Cairns (CNS) BNE - CNS

$177 - $937

Train  •  23h 14m

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

$202 - $420

Bus via David Low Way at Sunset Strip  •  28h 23m

  1. Take the bus from Noosa Junction to Cairns Gx443

$214 - $365

Drive  •  21h 16m

  1. Drive from Sunshine Coast Airport to Cairns 1596.1 km

$190 - $290

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The cheapest way to get from Sunshine Coast Airport to Cairns is to bus which costs $130 - $230 and takes 29h 8m.

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The quickest way to get from Sunshine Coast Airport to Cairns is to fly which costs $310 - $1,100 and takes 2h 28m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sunshine Coast Airport to Cairns. However, there are services departing from David Low Way at Sunset Strip and arriving at Cairns via Noosa Junction. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 28h 23m.

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The distance between Sunshine Coast Airport and Cairns is 1315 km. The road distance is 1596.1 km.

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The best way to get from Sunshine Coast Airport to Cairns without a car is to train which takes 23h 14m and costs $200 - $420.

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It takes approximately 2h 28m to get from Sunshine Coast Airport to Cairns, including transfers.

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Sunshine Coast Airport to Cairns bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Noosa Junction station.

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The best way to get from Sunshine Coast Airport to Cairns is to fly which takes 2h 28m and costs $310 - $1,100. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $200 - $420 and takes 23h 14m, you could also bus via David Low Way at Sunset Strip, which costs $210 - $370 and takes 28h 23m.

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The quickest flight from Maroochydore Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 20m.

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Sunshine Coast Airport to Cairns bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Cairns station.

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Map of how to get from Sunshine Coast Airport to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 1314.7 km
  • Duration: 2h 28m

What companies run services between Sunshine Coast Airport, QLD, Australia and Cairns, QLD, Australia?

Alliance Airlines flies from Sunshine Coast Airport to Cairns 3 times a week. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Nambour to Cairns Central Station 5 times a week. Tickets cost $160 - $370 and the journey takes 22h 59m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns via Townsville
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $470
Alliance Airlines
Website
allianceairlines.com.au
Flights from Maroochydore to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $950
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $1,300
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Nambour to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
22h 59m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$160 - $370
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Queensland Rail Travel
Economy-B-Quick fare
$160 - $230
Economy-A-Choice Fare
$240 - $340
A-Choice
$369
B-Quick
$203
Bus operators
Coast 2 Coast Bus Service
Phone
+61 (0) 435 031 564
Email
info@coast2coastbuses.com
Website
coast2coastbuses.com
Shuttle from Maroochydore to Brisbane Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$52 - $57
Schedules at
coast2coastbuses.com
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.

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Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Noosa Junction to Cairns
Ave. Duration
26h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$210 - $360
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Early Bird
$210 - $270
Premium
$270 - $360
Advantage
$280 - $340
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Noosa Heads Junction to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
27h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Website
Premier Motor Service

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Yes, the driving distance between Sunshine Coast Airport to Cairns is 1596 km. It takes approximately 21h 16m to drive from Sunshine Coast Airport to Cairns.

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Alliance Airlines offers flights from Maroochydore Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are 504+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $150 AUD per night.

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