Airport Connect – Public Transport Link

Airport Connect is a bus service offered by Sun Palm Transport linking Cairns Airport with the Translink public transport network at north and southbound Sheridan Street bus stops

How much does this service cost?
Airport Connect: $4 one way / $6 return

Translink offer services to Cairns City or the Northern Beaches from Sheridan Street for a minimum cost of $2.20 for an adult single fare. Click here for Timetables.

Do I need to pre-book this service?
Passengers may pre-book their Airport Connect journey outbound from Cairns Airport on the Sun Palm Transport website or by phone on +61 7 4099 1191. Tickets can also be purchased on arrival at the Sun Palm Transport kiosks in both Cairns Airport terminals.

The journey from Cairns Community Health Centre on Sheridan Street inbound to Cairns Airport is offered as a pre-booked service only. Bookings may be made 24-hours prior to journey time on the Sun Palm Transport website or by phone on +61 7 4099 1191.

How do I use this service?
To catch Airport Connect from either of the Airport Terminals (T1 or T2), go to the Sun Palm Transport desk in Arrivals. They will direct you to the bus. The bus will set you down on the southbound side of Sheridan Street at the Tobruk Pool Bus Stop where you can continue your journey via the Translink public transport network. Click here for map.

To catch Airport Connect to the airport pre-book your ticket and proceed to C9 Bus Stop on Sheridan Street and hail the driver of the Sun Palm Transport bus. The C9 Bus Stop is located on the northbound side of Sheridan Street near the Cairns North Community Health Centre, opposite Tobruk Pool. Click here for map

Click here for map of pick up locations and booking desk on Airport
Click here to view image location of Sheridan Street Drop Off
Click here to view image location of Sheridan Street Pick Up

How will I recognise the Airport Connect bus?
The Airport Connect service is operated by a Sun Palm branded bus that features the Airport Connect logo in the front window.

How often does Airport Connect operate?
From C9 Bus Stop, Sheridan Street to Cairns Airport:

  • Pick Ups can be booked for this service between 0415hrs – 2215hrs

From Cairns Airport Tobruk Pool Bus Stop, Sheridan Street:

  • Estimated departure time from the airport is every 30 minutes between 0430hrs and the last flight of the day.


How long will I have to wait for a connecting Sun Bus?
Time tables for the Translink network are available here.

What will I do with my luggage/bags?
Airport Connect passengers can use the dedicated luggage trailers available on the Sun Palm buses. On the Translink public transport services luggage will need to be carried on the bus and stored under or on seats, or in the limited luggage storage area provided onboard.
Should you wish to leave your bags at the airport while you explore Cairns, baggage storage facilities are available at both terminals. Please click here for more information

What if I want to continue my journey further?
Additional fees will apply should you require to be dropped off at any location other that the designated Airport Connect stop and will need to be pre-booked prior to boarding the bus at either the Sun Palm Transport desk or by phoning +61 7 4099 1191.

Terms and Conditions
Click here for full Terms and Conditions

Airport Connect
PH: +61 7 4099 1191

Sun Bus Public Transport
PH: 13 12 30
Lost Property: +61 7 4057 7411



Disclaimer – Travel on Airport Connect
We expressly disclaim all responsibility and liability for delays, including passengers missing flights, events or appointments while using our service. Sun Palm Transport will take all reasonable care to ensure that we operate as closely as possible to our timetable as published. Passengers should be aware that exceptional traffic conditions, technical problems or other unforeseeable circumstances occasionally result in delays or cancellations to our service. Accordingly, when planning your trip you should make allowances for such contingencies to ensure that you reach your airline’s check-in facility by the time recommended by your airline. Additional fees will apply should passengers require to be dropped off at any location other than the designated Airport Connect stop.