Melbourne to Cairns Bus

Melbourne to Cairns

Melbourne to Cairns Bus

This is the ultimate way to see Australia’s East Coast! Travel all the way from Melbourne to Cairns on a luxurious Greyhound bus!

There’s such a wide variety of things to see and do along Australia’s East Coast, you won’t believe it’s all one country. Each city, town and region has something different to offer – the one constant the whole way up the coastline is that trademark Aussie charm and friendliness.

From the most stylish city in Australia to the place where the reef meets the rainforest, you’ll journey through three states and many of the country’s biggest cities, including Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.


With our East Coast Whimit travel pass, you can take the time and guesswork out of planning your holiday. Simply hop on and off our coaches travelling the east coast as often as you like for up to 60 days

Oh, and if 60 days isn’t enough time for you to explore, don’t worry – you can simply top up your pass!

On the bus from Melbourne to Cairns, you’ll enjoy the luxurious features that come standard on all Greyhound coaches, including reclining leather seats with plenty of legroom; free WiFi connectivity and in-seat USB chargers; and panoramic windows!

You can reserve your preferred window or aisle seat when you book your bus travel from Melbourne to Cairns, and you can follow your journey’s progress as it happens with our real-time coach tracker. To unlock even more benefits and offers, join our Greyhound Rewards program!

By driving through it, instead of flying over it, you’ll experience Australia’s east coast in a way you’ll never forget.


  • 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 Melbourne and Cairns?

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

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 Melbourne to Cairns?

The bus trip from Melbourne to Cairns takes approximately 2d 22h 15m, including stopovers in Sydney and Brisbane. For the most up-to-date timetable please visit the Timetables page.

How much is a bus ticket from Melbourne to Cairns?

For your trip from Melbourne to Cairns 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 Melbourne 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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