Cairns to Brisbane

Cairns to Brisbane

  Sep 27, 2021, 20 trips (AUD 196 – AUD 0)

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Cairns to Brisbane Schedule

Cairns to Brisbane Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Greyhound Australia AC Seater 07:50 - 12:30AUD 426
Qantas Airways Economy #QF70706:00 - 08:00AUD 285.67
Jetstar Airways Economy #JQ92906:00 - 08:05AUD 196.41
Virgin Australia Economy #VA77006:00 - 08:15AUD 210.76
Qantas Airways Economy #QF71109:05 - 11:05AUD 356.25
Virgin Australia Economy #VA77810:00 - 12:15AUD 238.74
Qantas Airways Economy #QF71312:15 - 14:15AUD 397.06
Virgin Australia Economy #VA78212:00 - 14:15AUD 286.84
Qantas Airways Economy #QF171515:00 - 17:00AUD 356.25
Virgin Australia Economy #VA78616:00 - 18:15AUD 219.52
Qantas Airways Economy #QF71918:10 - 20:10AUD 397.06

Transportation from Cairns to Brisbane

How to get from Cairns to Brisbane

When you want to get from Cairns to Brisbane, 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 549.87. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a flight as a flight ticket costs as low as AUD 209.15.

How far is Cairns from Brisbane?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Cairns to Brisbane. Your trip will be a total of 1041 miles (1674 km). The flying distance is 870 miles (1399 km).

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

The travel time from Cairns to Brisbane can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 2 to 30 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Cairns to Brisbane varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Virgin Australia: travelling by flight expect to pay as low as AUD 209.15 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 549.87.

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

  • Plane tickets - AUD 209.00 to AUD 550.00;
  • Train tickets - AUD 221.00 to AUD 389.00;
  • Bus tickets - AUD 426.00 to AUD 436.00;

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

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

  • Flights from Cairns to Brisbane depart during the day - there are approximately 1 departures a day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 07:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 07:50. 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?


Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Cairns to Brisbane. 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 209.00.

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 Cairns to Brisbane
Jetstar Airways, Qantas Airways, Virgin Australia


Taking a bus from Cairns to Brisbane 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.


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 Cairns to Brisbane

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Cairns to Brisbane? 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.