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

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

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Fly  •  4 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Cairns (CNS) SYD - CNS

$112 - $371

3 alternative options

Train  •  39 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station Spirit of Queensland

$244 - $415

Bus, train  •  2 days 2 h

  1. Take the bus from Central Station, Forecourt, Coach Bay 7 to Raymond Terrace Coach Stop, Adelaide St 100
  2. Take the train from Broadmeadow Station to Muswellbrook Station 223
  3. Take the bus from Muswellbrook Station, Coach Stop to Tamworth Station, Coach Stop 355
  4. Take the bus from Tamworth to Brisbane
  5. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns

$258 - $407

Drive  •  28 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Sydney to Cairns 1508.1 miles

$210 - $320

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Cairns is to fly which costs $150 - $550 and takes 4 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Cairns is to fly which takes 4 h 40 min and costs $150 - $550.

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The distance between Sydney and Cairns is 1961 km. The road distance is 2413 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 40 min to get from Sydney to Cairns, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct train from Sydney to Cairns. However, there are services departing from Central Station and arriving at Cairns Central Station via Brisbane Roma Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 39 h 32 min.

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What companies run services between Sydney, NSW, Australia and Cairns, QLD, Australia?

Jetstar, Qantas and two other airlines fly from Sydney to Cairns hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane and Brisbane Roma Street in around 39 h 32 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Train operators
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 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $140
1st Class
$130 - $190
Train from Broadmeadow Station to Muswellbrook Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$12 - $18
1st Class
$16 - $24
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
5 times a week
Estimated price
$150 - $280
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$272
B-Quick
$150
Bus operators
Port Stephens Coaches
Website
pscoaches.com.au
Bus from Central Station, Forecourt, Coach Bay 7 to Raymond Terrace Coach Stop, Adelaide St
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
pscoaches.com.au
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Muswellbrook Station, Coach Stop to Tamworth Station, Coach Stop
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $250
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$150 - $220
Flexifare
$180 - $250

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