Cairns to Melbourne Bus

Cairns to Melbourne

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Cairns to Melbourne Bus

For an unforgettable experience on Australia’s east coast, don’t fly over it – drive through it. Travel from Cairns to Melbourne on a luxurious Greyhound bus!

Our Hop On Hop Off Pass from Cairns to Melbourne is the ultimate way to see Australia’s east coast. Starting in Cairns, where the Great Barrier Reef meets the ancient Daintree Rainforest, you’ll have 90 days to travel down to Melbourne, enjoying and exploring the iconic coastline along the way.

On the way from Cairns to Melbourne, you’ll travel through three states and many of Australia’s biggest cities, including Sydney, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Canberra!

You can take your pic with major landmarks like the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Coffs Harbour’s Big Banana; explore the world-renowned Hunter Valley wine region; learn to surf at Byron Bay and Bondi Beach; go 4WDing on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island; relax in idyllic coastal communities like Noosa and Port Macquarie; experience the wonderful wilderness of the Blue Mountains; go swimming, sailing and diving around the magnificent Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef; and so much more!

Don’t have time to get out and explore? No problem – while there are no direct trips from Cairns to Melbourne, you can easily travel between these locations by buying express tickets for trips from Cairns to Brisbane, Brisbane to Sydney, and finally, Sydney to Melbourne.

Aboard the bus from Cairns to Melbourne, you can relax, unwind and enjoy the premium features that come standard on all Greyhound coaches, including reclining leather seats with plenty of legroom; free WiFi and in-seat USB chargers; and panoramic windows!

You can reserve your preferred window or aisle seat when you book each leg of your trip, and you can follow your journey’s progress with our real-time coach tracker. For even more benefits and offers, hop on board our Greyhound Rewards program!

The most comfortable, convenient and affordable way to travel from Cairns to Melbourne is on a Greyhound bus. Book your Hop On Hop Off Pass today!


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Where do buses depart from in Cairns and Melbourne?

In Cairns, buses to Melbourne leave from Pier Car Park, Bay 16 & 17, Pier Point Road. In Melbourne, buses depart from Southern Cross Terminal, Bay 55.

What amenities can I expect on the bus?

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

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

The bus trip from Cairns to Melbourne takes approximately 3d 6h, with stopovers in Brisbane and Sydney. For up to date timetables please see our timetables page.

Where can I buy a ticket?

The easiest and cheapest way to buy a bus ticket for your Cairns to Melbourne 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.