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From Brisbane Coach Terminal to Cairns by bus

15:15
BNE Brisbane Coach Terminal
20:50
GDV Gordonvale, Cairns
1d 4h 35m
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15:15
BNE Brisbane Coach Terminal
20:25
BAB Babinda, Cairns
1d 4h 10m
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15:15
BNE Brisbane Coach Terminal
21:15
CNS Cairns Bus Stop
1d 5h
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From Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns by train

15:45
Brisbane Roma Street
17:01
Gordonvale, Cairns
1d 16m
15:45
Brisbane Roma Street
17:01
Gordonvale, Cairns
1d 16m
15:45
Brisbane Roma Street
17:30
Cairns
1d 45m
15:45
Brisbane Roma Street
17:30
Cairns
1d 45m

From Brisbane Roma Street to Cassowary Coast by train

15:45
Brisbane Roma Street
16:23
Babinda, Cassowary Coast
23h 38m
15:45
Brisbane Roma Street
16:23
Babinda, Cassowary Coast
23h 38m

From Brisbane Airport (BNE) to Cairns (CNS) by flight

06:30
BNE Brisbane Airport
09:55
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 25m
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07:00
BNE Brisbane Airport
10:30
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 30m
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07:10
BNE Brisbane Airport
10:35
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 25m
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BNE Brisbane Airport
11:00
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 25m
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07:35
BNE Brisbane Airport
11:00
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 25m
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07:40
BNE Brisbane Airport
11:05
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 25m
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07:40
BNE Brisbane Airport
11:05
CNS Cairns Airport
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08:40
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12:05
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 25m
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08:50
BNE Brisbane Airport
12:15
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 25m
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BNE Brisbane Airport
13:10
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 30m
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09:40
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13:05
CNS Cairns Airport
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09:40
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13:05
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11:20
BNE Brisbane Airport
14:45
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 25m
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14:45
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 25m
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11:20
BNE Brisbane Airport
14:45
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 25m
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12:35
BNE Brisbane Airport
16:00
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 25m
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12:35
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16:00
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2h 25m
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13:00
BNE Brisbane Airport
16:25
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 25m
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BNE Brisbane Airport
16:55
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 30m
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13:35
BNE Brisbane Airport
17:00
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 25m
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14:05
BNE Brisbane Airport
17:30
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 25m
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17:30
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2h 25m
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14:25
BNE Brisbane Airport
17:50
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16:05
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19:30
CNS Cairns Airport
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16:20
BNE Brisbane Airport
19:45
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2h 25m
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16:20
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19:45
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BNE Brisbane Airport
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18:10
BNE Brisbane Airport
21:40
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 30m
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BNE Brisbane Airport
22:05
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 25m
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19:40
BNE Brisbane Airport
23:05
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 25m
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19:40
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23:05
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2h 25m
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23:20
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2h 30m
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20:05
BNE Brisbane Airport
23:35
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 30m
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21:40
BNE Brisbane Airport
01:05
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 25m
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21:50
BNE Brisbane Airport
01:15
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 25m
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22:10
BNE Brisbane Airport
01:35
CNS Cairns Airport
2h 25m
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Brisbane to Cairns Schedule

Brisbane to Cairns Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Jetstar Airways Economy #JQ92806:30 – 09:55AUD 169,418.90
Tiger Australia Economy #TT48408:40 – 12:05AUD 169,418.90
Qantas Airways Economy #QF171011:20 – 14:45AUD 169,418.90
Qantas Airways Economy #QF175812:35 – 16:00AUD 169,418.90
Greyhound Australia AC Seater 15:15 – 20:50AUD 423.76
Qantas Airways Economy #QF176214:05 – 17:30AUD 169,418.90
Jetstar Airways Economy #JQ93214:25 – 17:50AUD 169,418.90
Tiger Australia Economy 16:05 – 19:30AUD 169,418.90
Virgin Auspyttralia Airlines Economy #VA79518:10 – 21:40AUD 169,418.90
Virgin Auspyttralia Airlines Economy #VA79920:05 – 23:35AUD 169,418.90
Jetstar Airways Economy #JQ93422:10 – 01:35AUD 169,418.90

Popular Routes in Australia

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
  • 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 Train 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 169,452.64. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as AUD 221.40.

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 770 miles (1238 km). The flying distance is 889 miles (1429 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 25 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 Queensland Rail: travelling by train expect to pay as low as AUD 221.40 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 169,452.64.

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

  • Train tickets - AUD 221.00 to AUD 389.00;
  • Plane tickets - AUD 169,453.00 to AUD 169,453.00;

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 27 departures a day.
  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 2 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 169,453.00.

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, Tiger Australia, Virgin Auspyttralia Airlines

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 enjoyed a train ride.