Sydney to Cairns Bus

Sydney to Cairns

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Sydney to Cairns Bus

With more than 50 beautiful destinations to explore along coast between Sydney to Cairns, our East Coast Travel Passes are the most flexible and cost-effective way to travel between Sydney and Cairns! 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 for up to 30 days!

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Your journey will start in Sydney, the biggest city in Australia, and home to world-famous attractions like the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, Manly Beach and more. From there, you’ll travel up the east coast through beloved coastal destinations like Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Ballina.

You’ll stop at bohemian and beautiful Byron Bay, where you can take a scenic walk to the lighthouse to spot dolphins and whales from Australia’s most easterly point. Then you’ll pass through the glamorous Gold Coast, with stops in Coolangatta, Surfers Paradise and Southport.

You’ll change buses in Brisbane, the cosmopolitan capital city of Queensland, packed full of world-class shopping, dining and culture. As you head north, you’ll pass through Noosa, the jewel in the crown of the Sunshine Coast, known for its surf beaches and the iconic Noosa National Park; Gympie and Maryborough, famed for their rich history and heritage; and Hervey Bay, a popular destination for whale-watching, and the gateway to the lush rainforests and sandy beaches of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.

As you head into the Queensland tropics, you’ll reach Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia and the home of the magnificent Capricorn Caves. In Mackay, you can relax at Harbour Beach, and you might even spot a platypus at Eungella National Park. In Airlie Beach, you can arrange to sail the Whitsunday Islands and set foot on the soft white sands of Whitehaven Beach. And in Townsville, you’ll find a bustling city surrounded by tropical beaches, rainforests, and the ever-popular Magnetic Island.

Finally, you’ll arrive in Cairns – the place where the rainforest meets the reef. Here, you can dive into the pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the great natural wonders of the world; search for cassowaries and crocodiles in the ancient Daintree Rainforest; and hit the golden beaches of Port Douglas.

On the bus from Sydney to Cairns, you’ll enjoy all the comforts that come standard on a modern Greyhound Coach, including reclining leather seats, free WiFi connectivity, in-seat USB chargers, and panoramic windows.

You can select your preferred window or aisle seat when you book your travel from Sydney to Cairns, and you can stay up-to-date with any service delays that might affect your expected arrival time with our real-time coach tracker. Oh, and we’ve got room for your surfboard in our oversized luggage bins!

A Greyhound bus is the ultimate way to travel from Sydney to Cairns. Book your travel pass now!

EAST COAST TRAVEL PASS BENEFITS

  • 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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where do buses depart from in Sydney and Cairns?

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 Sydney to Cairns?

A direct trip from Sydney to Cairns takes approximately 1day 22 hours. For the most up-to-date timetable please visit the Timetables page.

How much is a bus ticket from Sydney to Cairns?

For your trip from Sydney to Cairns we recommend getting one of our East Coast Travel Passes. Travel passes let you travel for 7, 15 or 30 days up or down the coast with unlimited stops in between from just $199. 

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.

What if my trip is disrupted by COVID?

1. You have 24 months to commence travel from original purchase date of your Whimit Travel Pass. 

2. If your travel has commenced but then halted due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions you are able to pause and unpause your pass to save the unused portion of your travel days.

  • Pause commencement will be initiated from day of contact to Greyhound Australia and cannot be back dated.
  • Reactivation will be initiated from day of contact to Greyhound and cannot be forward dated.
  • Reactivation will entitle you to use the unused days of travel that were available on your pass at the time of initial contact to pause your pass.
  • You are able to pause your pass for a maximum of 3 months.
  • If you pass has been paused for 3 months it will automatically be reactivate and usage at this time and be valid for the unused days of travel that were available at the initial contact of pausing.

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