Alice Springs to Cairns by Bus This Winter

Alice Springs to Cairns by Bus This Winter

Australia’s Outback center is a scenic yet steaming desert!  The winter weather is much more suitable for Outback road trips as in summer, you steam in 100oF with flies and mosquitos coming out in full force.  The Northern territory has only two distinct seasons, the ‘wet’ and the ‘dry’. Travelling during winter from May – August means avoiding increased humidity as well as monsoonal rains and storms.

The Bus Tour

The distance between Alice Springs and Cairns is 1449 km.  The road distance is 2336.9 km. It takes 33h 30m to cover this vast distance and costs from AUS $ 290 – AUS $ 1000.  Tickets can be purchased online and at the stations. Greyhound Australia is the bus operator of this route. The journey is divided into three segments as follows;

  1. Alice Springs to Tennant Creek
  2. Tennant Creek to Townsville
  3. Townsville to Cairns

1. Alice Springs to Tennant Creek

Greyhound Australia operates a once-daily tour with the duration of 6h 35m.  Tickets cost within the range of AUS $ 48.70 – AUS $ 131.78. The bus journey from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek has 6 stops in between.  

2. Tennant Creek to Townsville

The second leg of the journey is operated by Greyhound Australia weekly.  It is the longest stretch and takes 19h 40m. Tickets cost within the range of AUS $ 176.28 – AUS $ 560.88.  The journey has 13 stops in between.

3. Townsville to Cairns

The last leg of the journey is operated by Greyhound Australia thrice a day.  This stretch is operated with 4 stops at the night journey and 6 or 7 stops at the day journeys.  The journey requires 5h 35m of travel. Tickets cost within the range of AUS $ 48.08 – AUS $ 128.20.

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