Cairns to Brisbane Bus

Cairns to Brisbane

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Cairns to Brisbane Bus

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This trip will take you all the way from Cairns, where the reef meets the rainforest, to Brisbane, the riverside capital city of Queensland, with plenty of must-do destinations in between to tick off your bucket list.

With so many great stops along this route, the bus trip from Cairns to Brisbane 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!

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 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!


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Where do buses depart from in Cairns and Brisbane?

In Cairns, buses to Brisbane depart from Pier Car Park, Bays 16 & 17, Pier Point Road. 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.

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 Cairns to Brisbane?

The bus trip from Cairns to Brisbane takes approximately 29h 45m. For the most up-to-date timetable please visit the Timetables page.

How much is a bus ticket from Cairns to Brisbane?

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 Brisbane 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.


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