Airlie Beach to Cairns Bus

Airlie Beach to Cairns

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Airlie Beach to Cairns Bus

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Experience all that Tropical North Queensland has to offer from the comfort of a reclining leather bus seat when you travel from Cairns to Airlie Beach on a Greyhound bus!

The bus trip from Airlie Beach to Cairns is the perfect showcase for North Queensland’s tropical climate and lifestyle, with the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree National Park sitting right on Cairns’ doorstep, and Airlie Beach serving as the gateway to the spectacular Whitsunday Islands.

On your bus trip from Airlie Beach to Cairns, you’ll pass through even more must-see North Queensland locations, including the World Heritage-listed national parks and attractions of Townsville; the relaxed and romantic beachside town of Mission Beach; and the lush green landscapes of Innisfail.

Aboard your Greyhound bus, you’ll enjoy unparalleled convenience and comfort, with free WiFi connectivity, in-seat USB chargers, air conditioning and panoramic windows now standard on every vehicle.

With so many scenic locations along the way from Airlie Beach to Cairns, this bus trip is also perfect for our popular Whimit Travel Pass, which gives you the freedom to hop off the bus and break up your journey before getting back on another Greyhound bus – on any route, heading in any direction – within your chosen amount of time. Of course, if you need to get to your destination direct, we’ve got you covered with our regular daily services.

Do you want a window or an aisle seat? There’s no need to queue to secure your favourite spot – seat selection is now available on all our coaches, so you can reserve your pick when you buy your ticket! You can also keep up-to-date with your arrival time with our real-time coach tracker.

You can unlock extra benefits and exclusive offers by joining the new Greyhound Rewards program. When you create a My Greyhound account, every Greyhound ticket you purchase will earn you G-Dollars, which you can redeem on your very next trip, or save in your G-Wallet for another adventure!

Best of all, a fully-booked coach is the most environmentally efficient way to travel from Airlie Beach to Cairns, so you can enjoy these natural wonders while knowing that you’re playing your part to protect them.

This is definitely a trip for the bucket list. Book your bus ticket from Airlie Beach to Cairns now!


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Where do buses depart from in Airlie Beach and Cairns?

In Airlie Beach, buses to Cairns leave from Heart of the Reef Transit Terminal, The Cove Road. In Cairns, buses to Airlie Beach leave from Pier Car Park, Bay 16 & 17, Pier Point Road.

What amenities can I expect on the bus?

All our buses between Airlie Beach & Cairns come with free WiFi, USB chargers, air-conditioning, reclining seats, and a restroom.

How long does it take to get from Airlie Beach to Cairns?

The bus trip from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes approximately 9h 35m and departs twice a day (except Thursdays, when it only departs once).

How much is a bus ticket from Airlie Beach to Cairns?

All our bus fares come in three tiers – Early Bird, Advantage and Premium – with prices varying based on how far in advance you are making a booking. You can find the most up-to-date price for your trip by searching available trips online or by calling our customer service team on 1300 473 946. For more information on different types of available fares visit our Compare Fares page.

Where can I buy a ticket?

The easiest and cheapest way to buy a bus ticket for your Airlie Beach to Cairns trip is to book directly on our website. Your ticket is then saved in your My Greyhound account where you can manage your booking, and simply show an electronic copy of your ticket on your phone to the bus driver when you board.

You can also book your trips on the phone by contacting our friendly customer service on 1300 473 946, at our ticket outlets/travel agencies, or directly with the bus driver*.

*Please note that all bookings made through our call centre, travel centres and tickets purchased directly from drivers will incur a booking fee of $5.

What if my trip is disrupted by COVID?

In the event of COVID-related restrictions, cancellations, rescheduling, or border closures, you can rest easy knowing that Greyhound's COVID refund policy will allow you to choose between a refund, credit, or reschedule of your booked travel.

All passengers must adhere to local state and territory government requirements due to COVID-19. See Service Updates for latest information, and find out how to Travel Safe with Greyhound.

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