Cairns to Melbourne Bus

Cairns to Melbourne

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 East Coast Whimit passes are 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 60 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!

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 Whimit pass today!


  • 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 Melbourne?

In Cairns, buses to Melbourne leave from Bus Stop, Platform 1, Cairns Railway Station, 142 Bunda St, Cairns QLD. In Melbourne, buses depart from Southern Cross Terminal, Bay 55.

What amenities can I expect on the bus?

All our buses come with reading lights, USB chargers, air-conditioning, reclining leather 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 Adelaide to Alice Springs 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.

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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