Brisbane to Cairns Bus

Brisbane to Cairns

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Brisbane to Cairns Bus

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Embark on an epic road trip from Brisbane to Cairns in the air-conditioned comfort of a Greyhound bus!

This trip will take you all the way from the capital of Queensland to the unofficial capital of Tropical North Queensland, with plenty of memorable stops in between.

With so many great places along the route to explore, the Brisbane to Cairns bus trip is perfect for our Hop On Hop Off pass. This pass gives you the ability to choose your journey and hop on and off our coaches along the way, for up to 90 days! Don’t worry if you’re not sure how long you want to spend in each place – with daily departures, 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 ticket now!


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Where do buses depart from in Brisbane and Cairns?

In Brisbane, buses to Cairns depart from Parkland Crescent, which is accessible via Parkland Boulevard and adjacent to platform 10 of Roma Street Train Station. In Cairns, buses to Brisbane depart from Pier Car Park, Bays 16 & 17, Pier Point Road.

What amenities can I expect on the bus?

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

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

The bus 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?

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 Brisbane 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.

**For more information see our FAQ page.

What if my trip is disrupted by COVID?

In the event Greyhound is required to cancel your service due to COVID-related restrictions 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 our Service Updates for latest information, and find out how to Travel Safe with Greyhound.


Brisbane Coach Terminal
Noosa Junction Station
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Traveston (Puma Roadhouse)
Rainbow Beach
Hervey Bay Transit Centre
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Apple Tree Creek
Gin Gin
Miriam Vale
Marlborough Turn Off
St Lawrence Turn Off
Airlie Beach
Home Hill
Mission Beach (Wongaling)


*Not all stops are available
on every service