Brisbane to Cairns Bus

Brisbane to Cairns

Brisbane to Cairns Bus

With more than 35 beautiful destinations to explore along the Queensland coast, our East Coast Travel Passes are the most flexible and cost-effective way to travel between Brisbane and Cairns! Hop on and off at any stop along the coast and break up the trip however you like. Don’t worry if you’re not sure how long you want to spend in each place – you can just jump back on one of our coaches whenever you’re ready!


Cradled by its eponymous river, and packed full of world-class shopping, dining and culture, Brisbane is an ideal place to start your Queensland adventure. Make sure you leave time to visit the man-made lagoons of South Bank Parklands, as well as the City Botanic Gardens and Roma Street Parkland.

On the bus trip from Brisbane to Cairns, you can soak up the surf and shopping of Noosa; delve into the history and heritage of Gympie (‘The Town That Saved Queensland’) and Maryborough (the birthplace of Mary Poppins author PL Travers); and go whale watching in the warm and calm waters of Hervey Bay, which is also the gateway to the crystal-clear lakes, lush rainforests and sandy beaches of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.

As you head into the Queensland tropics, you’ll pass through Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia, where you can grab a steak and watch live bull riding at the iconic Great Western Hotel; Mackay, where you can relax at Harbour Beach and look for rare frogs and platypus in Eungella National Park; Airlie Beach, the gateway to the world-famous Whitsunday Islands; and Townsville, a bustling tropical city surrounded by beaches and rainforests.

Finally, you’ll arrive in Cairns, a modern and vibrant city on the doorstep of the iconic Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Here, you can pay a visit to the bars, restaurants and swimming lagoon of Cairns Esplanade, before you dive into the pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef; search for cassowaries and crocodiles in the ancient Daintree Rainforest; and hit the golden beaches of Port Douglas.

As you travel from Brisbane to Cairns, you’ll enjoy all the comforts that come standard on a modern Greyhound bus, including reclining leather seats, free WiFi connectivity, in-seat USB chargers and panoramic windows!

You can also reserve your favourite window or aisle seat when you book your travel, and stay up-to-date with any service delays that may affect your expected arrival time with our real-time coach tracker.

For even more benefits, deals and offers, join our Greyhound Rewards program! Every express ticket you buy will earn you G-Dollars, which you can choose to use on your very next trip, or save for a special journey.

A Greyhound bus is the ultimate way to travel from Brisbane to Cairns. Book your travel pass now!


  • Unlimited travel: any direction along the East Coast for as many days as your time allows.

  • Best value for money: spend your precious pennies on having a good time, not worrying how you’re going to get there.

  • Less planning, more travelling: multiple daily departures means we’re always ready to take you to your next destination.

  • Staying connected: free WiFi and in-seat USB chargers on all our coaches.

  • Online booking management: just jump into your account and reserve a seat for your next trip.

  • Go further, see more: travel on Australia's largest coach network and see all of those hidden gems off the beaten track.

  • One ticket: keep it simple and don’t be weighed down. It’s the hassle-free option.


Where do buses depart from in Brisbane and Cairns?

What amenities can I expect on the bus?

All our buses come with free WiFi, USB chargers, air-conditioning, reclining leather seats, and a restroom.

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

A direct trip from Brisbane to Cairns takes approximately 29 hours. For the most up-to-date timetable please visit the Timetables page.

How much is a bus ticket from Brisbane to Cairns?

For your trip from Brisbane to Cairns we recommend getting one of our East Coast Travel Passes. Travel passes let you travel for 7, 15 or 30 days up or down the coast with unlimited stops in between from just $249. 

How does a travel pass work?

Once purchased, you can book travel on your pass at any time via Manage Booking. Simply enter your booking number and pin (found on your booking confirmation email) and start adding travel and book your seat on any one of our Brisbane to Cairns coaches in real-time. You can pre-plan your trip, wing it or change your plans as often as you like, it doesn't matter - and it won't cost you a cent.

What if my trip is disrupted by COVID?

1. You have 24 months to commence travel from original purchase date of your Whimit Travel Pass. 

2. If your travel has commenced but then halted due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions you are able to pause and unpause your pass to save the unused portion of your travel days.

  • Pause commencement will be initiated from day of contact to Greyhound Australia and cannot be back dated.
  • Reactivation will be initiated from day of contact to Greyhound and cannot be forward dated.
  • Reactivation will entitle you to use the unused days of travel that were available on your pass at the time of initial contact to pause your pass.
  • You are able to pause your pass for a maximum of 3 months.
  • If you pass has been paused for 3 months it will automatically be reactivate and usage at this time and be valid for the unused days of travel that were available at the initial contact of pausing.


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