Cairns to Airlie Beach Bus

Cairns to Airlie Beach

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Cairns to Airlie Beach Bus

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Get a taste for the tropics when you travel from Cairns to Airlie Beach in a luxurious Greyhound bus!

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, this route is a scenic showcase of the tropical climate and lifestyle that North Queensland is famous for.

On your bus trip from Cairns to Airlie Beach, 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 from Cairns to Airlie Beach, you’ll experience a whole new level of convenience and comfort, with reclining leather seats, free WiFi connectivity, in-seat USB chargers and panoramic windows now standard on every vehicle.

When you arrive in Airlie Beach, you’ll be overwhelmed by all the adventures that are accessible from this small town. Must-dos include Whitehaven Beach, known all over the world for its soft white sands; Reefworld, a dedicated diving pontoon that also boasts an underwater observatory, sun deck and more; and the local Airlie Beach Lagoon, the perfect place to lay back and soak up amazing views.

With so many scenic locations along the way from Cairns to Airlie Beach, this bus trip is also perfect for our popular Whimit 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.

Seat selection is now available on all our coaches, so you can reserve your preferred window or aisle seat 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!

This is a trip you’ll never forget. Book your bus ticket from Cairns to Airlie Beach now!


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Where do buses depart from in Cairns and Airlie Beach?

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

What amenities can I expect on the bus?

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

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

The bus trip from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes approximately 10h 15m. For the most up-to-date timetable please visit the Timetables page.

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

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 Cairns to Airlie Beach 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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