Self Drive

If you have the freedom of your own car then why not choose to self drive Kuranda? Self drive Kuranda packages offer the greatest flexibility for your day. We recommend you enjoy Kuranda train up in the morning and the Skyrail back in the afternoon. You can then choose to spend as much or as little time in Kuranda as you wish.


Self-drive to Skyrail on the Captain Cook Highway, Smithfield. Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal is located at the corner of Cairns Western Arterial Road and Cook Highway, Smithfield, just 15 minutes drive north of Cairns city and 50 minutes south of Port Douglas. Leave your car in the car park, free of charge. You will find that there is plenty of parking at Skyrail (including oversize spaces for RVs, caravans and campers). You will then be greeted by your Driver, who will collect your voucher, issue your Kuranda Boarding Pass and transfer you to Freshwater Station for boarding the Kuranda Scenic Rail.

On arrival in Kuranda you will have free time to explore the village and attractions (own expense), before boarding Skyrail for your return journey. When you reach the end of your Skyrail journey your car will be waiting for you in the Skyrail carpark.

Please note: The coach transfers are subject to availability. Pre-bookings are essential as seats are limited.

Approximate travelling times:

From Port Douglas:
Skyrail 45 minutes
Kuranda 65 minutes
Freshwater Railway Station 55 minutes
Cairns 65 minutes
* Based on travel via Captain Cook Highway

From Mission Beach:
Skyrail 120 minutes
Kuranda 140 minutes
Freshwater Railway Station 110 minutes
Cairns 100 minutes
* Based on travel via Bruce Highway

Coach Transfers

All Kuranda packages offer the option of a hotel pick up. Many packages also give the option of a preferred departure time - whether you prefer the first or second train departure and how long you would like to spend in Kuranda. Coach transfers will collect from most holiday accommodation in Cairns City, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas.

Express check in at Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail 

Book your Kuranda experience with one of these operators for smarter, faster chieck-in:

Value Day Tours
Cairns Tours
Port Tours 
Tropical Horizons

When you are picked up for your transfer to Freshwater or Skyrail Stations, you will be presented with your "Kuranda Boarding Pass". 

The Boarding Pass is your ticket for the day. Go directly to the boarding area of Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail rather than collecting your tickets from the ticket windows.

The Pass also gives you detailed info on your day with maps, tour itinerary, timings and also handy hints on points of interest such as free shuttle bus departure locations, cafes, attractions and ATMs.


Public Transport

Trans North Bus & Coach Service operates a Kuranda Shuttle Bus that completes five return services per day. This service operates every day of the year except Christmas Day and is designed to link with the Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway. 

John's Kuranda Bus is a cheap and cheerful bus shuttle that operates between Cairns and Kuranda Village several times daily.