How to get to Kuranda from Cairns
Kuranda, also known as the village in the forest, is about 35 minutes away from Cairns by bus. Kuranda public transport options are cheap, plus there’s always the added alternative of hiring a car for the day. Kuranda’s shuttle buses are cheap enough for you to make a few trips. There’s so much to see and do in Kuranda, it would be a shame to miss out!
Trans North Bus Service
The Trans North Bus Service runs regularly between Cairns, Kuranda, the Atherton Tablelands, Kurumba and Cooktown. They provide an effective Cairns to Kuranda shuttle bus that completes 5 return services per day, every day of the year except Christmas Day. The Trans North Kuranda shuttle bus does not take bookings and operates on a first come, first serve basis. The shuttle buses are large, comfortable and air conditioned. See the timetable.
The Cairns bus stops are located at:
· Cairns Central Shopping Centre, Bus bays at Qld Rail (platform 1)
· 79 Abbott Street (Orchid Plaza)
· Smithfield Bus Shelter, Kennedy Highway
· 15 Therwine Street, Kuranda
Costs: $6.70 per adult one way
The best thing about Trans North shuttle bus journeys are the giant windows. The trip from Cairns to Kuranda is rather scenic and one that you wouldn’t want to miss. A particular point of interest on the way to Kuranda is Henry Ross Lookout. At an altitude of 1,400 ft, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Cairns and Northern Beaches.
John’s Kuranda Bus
John’s Kuranda Bus is a cheaper alternative to the Trans North Bus service. Instead of a large coach, John’s Kuranda Bus is a small mini bus. If the mini bus is busy, you will have the opportunity to chat to the person next to you. The shuttle runs between two to five times a day between Cairns’ Lake St Transit Centre and Kuranda, taking just 30 minutes. The pickup point from Kuranda is the same as the main bus drop off point, next to the steps. You can ring John for bus times on 0418 772 953, or ask the friendly staff at Kuranda Tourist Information Centre.
Costs: $5.00 per adult one way
Book tickets to Kuranda’s attractions!
As there are so many things to do in Kuranda, you may want to plan ahead and book tickets before you go. Whether it’s Kuranda’s Scenic Skyrail, the amazing Scenic Railway, Butterfly Sanctuary or Bird World, Cairns Discount Tours will build a fabulous itinerary for you. What’s more, they offer the best discounts on the market and special deals for families and seniors! Phone 4055 7158.