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From Babinda to Brisbane by bus

09:05
Babinda, Cairns
14:10
Brisbane Coach Terminal
1d 5h 5m
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From Babinda to Brisbane by train

09:45
Babinda, Cassowary Coast
09:20
Brisbane Roma Street
23h 35m
09:45
Babinda, Cassowary Coast
09:20
Brisbane Roma Street
23h 35m

From Cairns to Brisbane by train

08:35
Cairns
09:20
Brisbane Roma Street
1d 45m
08:35
Cairns
09:20
Brisbane Roma Street
1d 45m

From Cairns Bus Stop to Brisbane by bus

08:15
Cairns Bus Stop
14:10
Brisbane Coach Terminal
1d 5h 55m
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From Gordonvale to Brisbane by bus

08:40
Gordonvale, Cairns
14:10
Brisbane Coach Terminal
1d 5h 30m
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From Gordonvale to Brisbane by train

09:01
Gordonvale, Cairns
09:20
Brisbane Roma Street
1d 19m
09:01
Gordonvale, Cairns
09:20
Brisbane Roma Street
1d 19m

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

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06:45
CNS Cairns Airport
Stop 1h 30m
Townsville Airport
10:55
BNE Brisbane Airport
4h 10m
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09:20
CNS Cairns Airport
11:25
BNE Brisbane Airport
2h 5m
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09:30
CNS Cairns Airport
11:35
BNE Brisbane Airport
2h 5m
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09:30
CNS Cairns Airport
11:35
BNE Brisbane Airport
2h 5m
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10:35
CNS Cairns Airport
12:40
BNE Brisbane Airport
2h 5m
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10:35
CNS Cairns Airport
12:40
BNE Brisbane Airport
2h 5m
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12:00
CNS Cairns Airport
14:05
BNE Brisbane Airport
2h 5m
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12:30
CNS Cairns Airport
14:35
BNE Brisbane Airport
2h 5m
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13:10
CNS Cairns Airport
15:25
BNE Brisbane Airport
2h 15m
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14:10
CNS Cairns Airport
16:20
BNE Brisbane Airport
2h 10m
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#QF1715
14:30
CNS Cairns Airport
16:35
BNE Brisbane Airport
2h 5m
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16:40
CNS Cairns Airport
18:45
BNE Brisbane Airport
2h 5m
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16:40
CNS Cairns Airport
18:45
BNE Brisbane Airport
2h 5m
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17:10
CNS Cairns Airport
19:25
BNE Brisbane Airport
2h 15m
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17:40
CNS Cairns Airport
19:45
BNE Brisbane Airport
2h 5m
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19:25
CNS Cairns Airport
21:30
BNE Brisbane Airport
2h 5m
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19:55
CNS Cairns Airport
22:00
BNE Brisbane Airport
2h 5m
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20:45
CNS Cairns Airport
22:50
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Popular Routes in Australia

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:

  • Bus
  • Train

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Train. 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 train ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about AUD 389.26. 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 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 25 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 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 train - a one-way train ticket can cost as much as AUD 389.26.

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

  • Plane tickets - AUD 156.00 to AUD 253.00;
  • Train tickets - AUD 221.00 to AUD 389.00;
  • Bus tickets - AUD 326.00 to AUD 334.00;

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 7 departures a day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 08:15 - you can also take a bus as late as 09:05. There are 3 available bus trips every 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 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 156.00.

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

Buses

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.

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 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.