How to travel from Alice Springs to Port Douglas, Australia

The distance between Alice Springs and Port Douglas is around 2,385km (1,482 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 6h 55m.

4 routes found

We've found 4 different ways to get from Alice Springs to Port Douglas by plane, bus, train and car. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

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Fly

Fly from Alice Springs (ASP) to Cairns (CNS).

  • Duration6h 55m
  • Flight time5h 10m
  • Typical cost
    A$475($320)
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Virgin Australia

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Bus and Train

Take the bus to Adelaide and then to Broken Hill Town Coach Stop then take the train to Strathfield Station and then to Brisbane then take the bus to Cairns Central Station and then to Port Douglas.

  • Duration3 days 12h
  • Departstwice a week
  • Typical cost
    A$865($580)
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Drive

Drive to Port Douglas.

  • Duration24h 45m
  • Distance2,385km (1,482 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Alice Springs and Port Douglas

There are several options for getting from Alice Springs to Port Douglas by plane, bus, train and car. The cheapest option is to fly which costs around A$475 ($320) and will take around 6h 55m.

The distance between Alice Springs and Port Douglas is around 2,385km (1,482 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,450km (901 miles)

It takes around 6h 55m to get from Alice Springs and Port Douglas by plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 24h 45m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Alice Springs to Port Douglas is to fly which takes around 6h 55m and will set you back approx A$475 ($320).

The cheapest way to travel between Alice Springs and Port Douglas, if you exclude driving, is to fly which will typically cost around A$475 ($320) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Alice Springs and Port Douglas. We recommend that you fly from Alice Springs (ASP) to Cairns (CNS). instead which will take 6h 55m.

Bus travel

Sorry, looks like there is no bus service that runs between Alice Springs and Port Douglas. We recommend that you fly from Alice Springs (ASP) to Cairns (CNS). instead which will take 6h 55m.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Alice Springs and Port Douglas. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and arrive at Cairns (CNS) - via Brisbane (BNE). The flight takes around 5h 10m.

There is no direct flight from Alice Springs to Port Douglas. There is however a flight that goes via Brisbane (BNE). This services will take at least 6h 55m (not including layover time).

The flight from Alice Springs to Port Douglas typically takes around 5h 10m. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and and arrive into Cairns (CNS).

The closest major airport to Port Douglas is Cairns Airport (CNS) (CNS) which is approximately 53km (33 miles) from Port Douglas. Cooktown Airport (CTN) (CTN) and Palm Island Airport (PMK) (PMK) are also nearby and might be a better alternative airport depending on where you are flying from.

Drive yourself

Yes it is possible to drive from Alice Springs and Port Douglas. The distance is around 2,385km (1,482 miles) by road and it will take around 24h 45m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Alice Springs to Port Douglas is to fly which takes, on average, 6h 55m and will usually cost around A$475 ($320).

How do I get from Alice Springs to Port Douglas

Compare travel optionsbetween Alice Springs and Port Douglas

Transport options from Alice Springs to Port Douglas
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly
6h 55m
A$475($320)
every 20 mins3,443km (2,139 miles)
Bus and Train + 1 similar
3 days 12h
A$865($580)
twice a week6,187km (3,845 miles)
Train and Bus3 days 19h
A$1,335($900)
once a week5,950km (3,697 miles)
Drive
24h 45m
A$315($215)
on demand2,385km (1,482 miles)

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Airports near Port Douglas

The following major airports near Port Douglas offer regular flights to various popular destinations within Australia and internationally.

CNS
Cairns Airport (CNS)
International Airport
Distance
53km (33 miles) from Port Douglas
CTN
Cooktown Airport (CTN)
Domestic Airport
Distance
120km (74 miles) from Port Douglas
PMK
Palm Island Airport (PMK)
Domestic Airport
Distance
279km (173 miles) from Port Douglas