Sydney to Cairns Bus

Sydney to Cairns

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Sydney to Cairns Bus

Experience Australia’s best beaches, bushlands and rainforests when you travel from Sydney to Cairns on a luxurious Greyhound bus!

Did you know there are 3150 kilometres (1958 miles) between Sydney and Cairns? That’s like travelling from London to Istanbul, or Madrid to Lithuania! It’s an incredibly vast distance to cover, and there’s so much to see and do along the way!

With a Hop On Hop Off Pass from Sydney to Cairns, you can get on and off the bus as often as you like for up to 90 days, and spend time in the various stops along the way. When you get back on the bus, you just need to keep going in the same direction, until you reach the next stop that tickles your fancy. 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 buses whenever you’re ready!

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!

There’s no better way to travel than in a luxurious Greyhound bus. Book your trip from Sydney to Cairns now!


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Where do buses depart from in Sydney and Cairns?

In Sydney, buses depart from the Western Forecourt, Bays 5 & 6, Central Station. In Cairns, buses depart from Pier Car Park, Bays 16 & 17, Pier Point Road.

What amenities can I expect on the bus?

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

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

The bus trip from Sydney to Cairns takes approximately 2d 1h 15m, including a stopover in Brisbane. For the most up-to-date timetable please visit the Timetables page.

Where can I buy a ticket?

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