Cairns to Brisbane Bus

Cairns to Brisbane

Cairns to Brisbane 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 Cairns and Brisbane! 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!


Cairns, a vibrant and modern city on the doorstep of the iconic Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, is the perfect place to start your epic Queensland road trip.

On your bus trip from Cairns to Brisbane, you can explore the plentiful green landscapes and historic art deco buildings of Innisfail; go white-water rafting in Tully; relax and unwind in Mission Beach; and hop on a ferry to stunning Magnetic Island from tropical Townsville.

Make sure you snap a selfie with The Big Mango in Bowen, the mango capital of Australia. Leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy Airlie Beach, the gateway to the world-famous Whitsunday Islands. Mackay – close to Eungella National Park, and the islands of St Bees and Keswick – is a great place to spend a couple of days if you’re looking to encounter unique Australian wildlife. And before you leave the tropics, you have to stop in at Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia, for a steak and live rodeo action at the Great Western Hotel.

Then it’s onto the warm, calm waters of Hervey Bay, known for one thing – whale watching! These gentle giants make their way through Hervey Bay from August to October, but even if your trip doesn’t line up with those dates, Hervey Bay is still the gateway to the World Heritage-listed K'gari (Fraser Island), known for its crystal-clear lakes, lush rainforests and miles of sandy beaches.

Stops in Gympie and Maryborough will give you a chance to discover the state’s rich heritage and history, before you experience the sun, surf, sand and shopping of the Sunshine Coast.

Finally, you’ll arrive in Brisbane! Cradled by its eponymous river, this emerging world city is a cosmopolitan hub of arts, culture and dining. You’ll love cruising the Brisbane River on a CityCat; climbing the iconic Story Bridge; strolling through the majestic City Botanic Gardens and Roma Street Parkland; lazing by the sandy lagoons of South Bank Parklands; and attending one of the city’s major concerts, shows or sporting events.

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

You can select your preferred window or aisle seat when you book your ticket, and stay up-to-date with any service delays that might affect your 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.

There’s no better way to travel from Cairns to Brisbane than on a Greyhound bus. Book your ticket 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 Cairns and Brisbane?

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 Cairns to Brisbane?

A direct trip from Cairns to Brisbane takes approximately 30.5 hours. For the most up-to-date timetable please visit the Timetables page.

How much is a bus ticket from Cairns to Brisbane?

For your trip from Cairns to Brisbane we recommend getting one of our East Coast Travel Passes. Travel passes let you travel for your chosen amount of days up and down the coast, with unlimited stops in between, from just $265.

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.


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