Brisbane to Cairns

Brisbane to Cairns

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Fastest
15:45
Brisbane Roma Street
1d 45m ride in train, Premium Economy Seat
16:30
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Cairns
Fastest
15:45
Brisbane Roma Street
1d 45m ride in train, RailBed
16:30
+1
Cairns
Instant
14:00
Brisbane Coach Terminal
1d 5h 25m bus ride in AC Seater
19:25
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Cairns Bus Stop

From Brisbane Coach Terminal to Cairns by bus

Instant
14:00
Brisbane Coach Terminal
1d 5h 25m bus ride in AC Seater
19:25
+1
Cairns Bus Stop

From Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns by train

Fastest
15:45
Brisbane Roma Street
1d 45m ride in train, RailBed
16:30
+1
Cairns
Fastest
15:45
Brisbane Roma Street
1d 45m ride in train, Premium Economy Seat
16:30
+1
Cairns

Brisbane to Cairns Schedule

Brisbane to Cairns Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Qantas Airways Economy #QF70606:00 - 08:20AUD 224.10
Qantas Airways Economy #QF235408:30 - 13:45AUD 281.36
Qantas Airways Economy #QF171012:00 - 14:20AUD 169.30
Greyhound Australia AC Seater 14:00 - 18:25AUD 416
Qantas Airways Economy #QF71414:10 - 16:25AUD 226.54
Queensland Rail RailBed 15:45 - 16:30AUD 389.26
Qantas Airways Economy #QF171616:20 - 18:35AUD 203
Qantas Airways Economy #QF71819:00 - 21:15AUD 200.56
Jetstar Airways Economy #JQ93818:40 - 21:00AUD 94.18
Jetstar Airways Economy #JQ94021:30 - 23:50AUD 151.85
Jetstar Airways Economy #JQ93422:10 - 00:30AUD 134.80

Transportation from Brisbane to Cairns

How to get from Brisbane to Cairns

When you want to get from Brisbane to Cairns, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Flight
  • Bus
  • Train

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Flight. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Bus ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A flight ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about AUD 471.56. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a flight as a flight ticket costs as low as AUD 93.34.

How far is Brisbane from Cairns?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Brisbane to Cairns. Your trip will be a total of 1015 miles (1632 km). The flying distance is 859 miles (1381 km).

How long does it take to get from Brisbane to Cairns?

The travel time from Brisbane to Cairns can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 3 to 30 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Brisbane to Cairns?

The cost of the trip from Brisbane to Cairns varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Jetstar Airways: travelling by flight expect to pay as low as AUD 93.34 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a flight - a one-way flight ticket can cost as much as AUD 471.56.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Brisbane to Cairns:

  • Plane tickets - AUD 93.00 to AUD 472.00;
  • Train tickets - AUD 221.00 to AUD 389.00;
  • Bus tickets - AUD 416.00 to AUD 425.00;

How many trips per day are there between Brisbane and Cairns?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Flights from Brisbane to Cairns depart during the day - there are approximately 1 departures a day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 14:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 14:00. There are 1 available bus trips every day.
  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 1 trains per day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?

Flights

Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Brisbane to Cairns. While it’s often the most expensive option, tool, occasionally you can grab promotional tickets for more or less the price of a train or a ferry ticket. Normally, the minimum you need to pay for a Plane ticket is AUD 93.00.

Things to remember before boarding a plane:

  • It’s recommended to book a ticket in advance and check-in online. This way, you can save over 2 hours at the airport, and if your seat selection is on a first come first served basis you will have more options to choose from.
  • Getting through security checks may take some time - it’s recommended to get to the airport at least 1.5 hours in advance.

Airlines flying from Brisbane to Cairns
Jetstar Airways, Qantas Airways, Virgin Australia

Buses

Taking a bus from Brisbane to Cairns is cheaper than flying. Quite often, a long-distance bus is the cheapest transportation option. Buses normally make bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way.

Things to remember before opting for a bus ride:

  • If possible, make sure to choose higher-class buses for a more comfortable travel experience. Such buses often have an air conditioning system, soft reclining seats, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc.
  • As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat.
  • While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.

Trains

Things to remember while choosing a train ticket:
Consider everything carefully while choosing the class of your train travel. In most cases, the second class is comfortable enough – it features 2 or 4 berths in each compartment and is often air-conditioned.

If you’re in for a premium experience, consider getting a first class ticket. The price of first class tickets may include Wifi, and a choice of snacks and drinks.

The most popular transport from Brisbane to Cairns

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Brisbane to Cairns? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 100% users took a plane.