Public transport

Cycling and walking

Cairns Regional Council provides over 450km of off-road paths (including shared paths suitable for walkers and cyclists) as well as many on-road bike lanes and wide shoulders suitable for cycling, so you can explore our unique region. Find maps of routes in the Cycling and Walking Guides available from Council's Customer Service Centres or visit our cycling page.

Public bus and coach services

The public transport service, Sunbus, operates throughout the city, running from the northern beaches to the southern suburbs via the CBD.  For information about zones, fares, tickets, ticket types, ticket prices and concessions, visit or phone 4057 7411.

Private bus services cover Port Douglas, Mossman, Kuranda, the Atherton Tablelands and Mission Beach.  Long distance and interstate coaches operate from a central depot at the Reef Fleet Terminal on the Cairns Esplanade.


The Spirit of Queensland travels the spectacular 1681km route between Cairns and Brisbane five times a week. Visit the Queensland Rail Travel website for fares, timetables and bookings.

Cairns International Airport

Cairns International Airport is the nation's sixth busiest in terms of combined international and domestic passenger movements.  It handles around 130,000 aircraft movements per annum, and brings in over 1 million visitors each year.  Qantas, Virgin Blue and Jetstar operate daily flights to and from cities all around Australia.  Most international airlines service the Cairns International Airport.

Sea port

Ports North is the closest port to the Great Barrier Reef and is located on Trinity Inlet. This small, multi-purpose regional port is becoming increasingly popular with tourist craft, private craft, and as an international cruise ship destination, as well as an R&R destination for visiting Naval ships.

The Cityport Development is a world-class waterfront facility that shall strengthen Cairns' reputation as the pre-eminent gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.  The first full stage of the project, Cityport North, was completed in 2003 and features the Reef Fleet Facilities, expansion of Cairns Marlin Marina, creation of Reef Fleet Plaza and boardwalks and boulevard linking the Esplanade to Trinity Inlet.  Work on Cityport South commenced in March 2009.

Last updated: 09 August 2018