How to Reach Cairns - The Easiest Way to Reach Cairns

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  • If you’re coming from somewhere within Australia, there are direct flights from all the major cities flying directly to Cairns.
  • If you’re an international traveler flying first to Cairns, you’ll have to hop on to a connecting domestic flight from Sydney, Darwin or Melbourne depending on which airline you choose to fly.
  • Unless you’re pressed for time, you could also opt for a train ride to Cairns and see a bit of the region on the way. 


  • The best way to see Cairns is on foot. There are many tourist attractions that are in close proximity to one another. You could use any of the public transportation means and get to a certain point and explore the area on foot.
  • Cairns  is well connected with excellent bus routes to take you to the Northern Beaches and city centre. To save up on bus fare, purchase a ‘daily’ ticket that’s valid for the day. The last bus service runs at 11 pm, so plan your night outing accordingly.
  • If you’re seeing Cairns on your own sans a guided tour, you could rent a car and drive around Cairns.

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Modes of Transportation in Cairns

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Cairns. The most preferred mode of transport in Cairns is Car.

Average distance: 16.33 km Average time: 24.83 min

  • Car 100%
    Driving 24.83 min Overall average time for 16.33 kms 24.83 min

How to Reach Cairns from Nearby Cities

Route Distance Time
Cairns city to Cairns 0.35 km
Aeroglen to Cairns 4.65 km 4 mins
Kanimbla to Cairns 5.57 km 5 mins
Townsville city to Cairns 245.33 km 4 hours 5 mins
Mackay to Cairns 547.28 km 9 hours 7 mins
Emerald to Cairns 670.19 km 11 hours 10 mins
Gladstone to Cairns 895.78 km 14 hours 55 mins
Kingaroy to Cairns 1135.39 km 18 hours 55 mins
Burpengary to Cairns 1263 km 21 hours 3 mins
Narangba to Cairns 1265.94 km 21 hours 5 mins
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