Getting to KurandaPublic Transport Options

There are three very economical bus services which travel between Cairns and Kuranda. They offer local residents the means to travel to both work and school but can also offer a cheap alternative for visiting Kuranda. They are ideal for people who have enjoyed the experience of travelling to Kuranda on both the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail and wish to return another day.  One service also travels out to Atherton for those needing to get to their accommodation in Speewah and Koah.

Bus service operating times vary on public holidays and are best confirmed by contacting the bus company. They operate on the basis of first in best dressed, so if you are able to purchase a return ticket on your upward journey, this will give you some guarantee that you’ll have a seat when you return. They are also able to drop people directly to the airport on request, when they travel from Kuranda to Cairns.

Another option is to ride with a Taxi (131008) or Uber from Cairns to Kuranda or locally owned and operated transport car-for-hire service Ride Share which is a 7-day service. Call 1300 743 374.

John’s Kuranda Bus  is a smaller locally owned bus service that operates between Cairns and Kuranda Village several times daily. Times vary and there is no service available on Christmas Day, Easter Friday or Labour Day. Payment is cash only. For more information call  John on 0418 772 953.

Shuttle Bus Trans North Bus Service

Trans North Bus & Coach operates two bus services operating every day of the year except Christmas Day and reduced times on public holidays. Payment is cash only and it costs $6.70 for Adults and $3.40 for Pensioners. Please note: This is a ‘Hail & Ride’ service. Bookings are not taken and ticket purchases are made from the driver as you board the bus. Payment is cash only.

Shuttle Bus Service – Cairns to Kuranda trips depart Cairns Central Shopping Centre bus bay at Central Rail Station (platform 1) at 6.45am, 8.45am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3pm. Kuranda to Cairns trips depart 15 Therwine Street, Kuranda at 7.15am, 7.30am, 9.30am, 10.05am, 12.30pm, 2.15pm, 4.10pm, 4.35pm. Please note times may vary.

Atherton Tablelands Service – depart Cairns Central Shopping Centre bus bay at Central Rail Station (platform 1) at 8.45am, 3.30pm, 5.45pm. Saturday 8.45am, 3.30pm and Sunday 3.30pm, 5.45pm. Cairns trips depart 15 Therwine Street, Kuranda 7.15am, 10.05am, 4.35pm. Saturday 7.15am, 10.05am. Sunday 10.05am, 4.35pm.  Please note times may vary on public holidays.

There are also departures available from Orchid Plaza in Cairns city, Smithfield Bus Shelter and Rainforestation Nature Park. For more information, please visit their website at

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