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There are 5 ways to get from Sydney to Port Douglas by plane, train, bus, shuttle 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  •  6 h 37 min

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

$122 - $380

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Train, bus  •  41 h 48 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 bus from Cairns Central Station to Port Douglas

Bus, shuttle  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Cairns to Port Douglas

$246 - $411

Bus  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
  3. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Port Douglas

Drive  •  29 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Sydney to Port Douglas 1549.3 miles

$220 - $320

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The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Port Douglas is to fly which costs $170 - $550 and takes 6 h 37 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Port Douglas is to fly which costs $170 - $550 and takes 6 h 37 min.

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The distance between Sydney and Port Douglas is 2016 km. The road distance is 2478.9 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Port Douglas without a car is to train and bus which takes 41 h 48 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 37 min to get from Sydney to Port Douglas, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Port Douglas is to fly which takes 6 h 37 min and costs $170 - $550. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 2 days 1 h.

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sydney to Port Douglas is 2479 km. It takes approximately 29 h 25 min to drive from Sydney to Port Douglas.

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Jetstar, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Sydney Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are 253+ hotels available in Port Douglas. Prices start at $124 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Port Douglas.
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  • Distance: 1260.1 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 37 min

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

Qantas, Virgin Australia and two other airlines fly from Sydney to Port Douglas hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Sydney to Port Douglas via Brisbane Roma Street, Brisbane, Cairns Central Station, and Port Douglas in around 2 days 1 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 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
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 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 - $130
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
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
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$262
B-Quick
$145
Bus operators
QConnect - Trans North
Phone
(07) 4095 8644
Website
transnorthbus.com
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Port Douglas
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Schedules at
transnorthbus.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 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 Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
16 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$80 - $120
Flexifare
$95 - $140
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $250
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$140 - $210
Flexifare
$170 - $250
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $130
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
29 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$180 - $250
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
BTS Port Douglas Bus
Phone
07 4099 5665
Email
info@portdouglasbus.com.au
Website
portdouglasbus.com.au
Shuttle from Cairns to Port Douglas
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $28
Book at
Port Douglas Bus

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