There are 4 ways to get from Sydney to Great Barrier Reef by plane, ferry, train or bus

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, ferry  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Cairns (CNS) SYD - CNS
  2. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$183 - $442

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Train, ferry  •  41 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$317 - $490

Train, bus, ferry  •  47 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$314 - $472

Train, bus, ferry via Tamworth Station  •  2 days 2 h

  1. Take the train from Hornsby Station to Tamworth Station 223
  2. Take the bus from Tamworth to Brisbane
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns
  4. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$350 - $484

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $240 - $600 and takes 6 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $240 - $600 and takes 6 h 45 min.

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The distance between Sydney and Great Barrier Reef is 1973 km.

It takes approximately 6 h 45 min to get from Sydney to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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What companies run services between Sydney, NSW, Australia and Great Barrier Reef?

There is no direct connection from Sydney to Great Barrier Reef. However, you can take the train to International Airport Station, take the walk to Sydney airport, fly to Cairns, take the taxi to Cairns, take the ferry to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, then take the walk to Great Barrier Reef. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Sydney to Great Barrier Reef via Brisbane, Brisbane Roma Street, Cairns Central Station, Cairns Central Shopping Centre, Cairns City Bus Station Platform 2, Cairns, and Great Barrier Reef Green Island in around 41 h 59 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 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
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
4 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
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
$95 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$95 - $140
1st Class
$130 - $190
Train from Hornsby Station to Tamworth Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 33 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$40 - $60
1st Class
$55 - $80
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
$274
B-Quick
$151
Bus operators
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 - $260
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$150 - $220
Flexifare
$180 - $260
Crisps Coaches
Phone
(07) 4661 8333
Email
reservations@crisps.com.au
Website
crisps.com.au
Bus from Tamworth to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$86
Schedules at
crisps.com.au
Ferry operators
Green Island Adventures
Website
green-island.com.au
Ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$69
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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