Distance between Emerald and Cairns
The distance from Emerald to Cairns is 957 kilometers by road including 20 kilometers on motorways. Road takes approximately 23 hours and 38 minutes and goes through Charters Towers, Capella, Clermont, Frankfield, Stuart, Douglas and Shaw.
Shortest distance by air  776 km ✈️ 
Car route length  957 km 🚗 
Driving time  23 h 38 min 
Fuel amount  76.6 L 
Fuel cost  121.7 AUD 
Point  Distance  Time  Fuel  
Emerald  0 km  00 min  0.0 L  
A7 55 km, 2 h 00 min


Capella  55 km  2 h 00 min  3.2 L  
A7 48 km, 47 min


Clermont  103 km  2 h 47 min  7.9 L  
A7 93 km, 1 h 48 min


Frankfield  196 km  4 h 36 min  12.1 L  
A7 286 km, 9 h 19 min


Charters Towers  481 km  13 h 56 min  37.2 L  
A6 119 km, 3 h 02 min


Stuart  601 km  16 h 59 min  47.8 L  
A6 A1 11 km, 09 min


Douglas  612 km  17 h 08 min  48.8 L  
A1 10 km, 05 min


Shaw  622 km  17 h 14 min  49.5 L  
A1 101 km, 1 h 53 min


Ingham  723 km  19 h 07 min  57.2 L  
A1 234 km, 4 h 30 min


Cairns  957 km  23 h 38 min  76.4 L 
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to drive from Emerald to Cairns?
Fuel cost: 121.7 AUD
This fuel cost is calculated as: (Route length 957 km / 100 km) * (Fuel consumption 8 L/100 km) * (Fuel price 1.59 AUD / L)
You can adjust fuel consumption and fuel price here.
How long is a car ride from Emerald to Cairns?
Driving time: 23 h 38 min
This time is calculated for driving at the maximum permitted speed, taking into account traffic rules restrictions.
 17 km with a maximum speed 100 km/h = 10 min
 521 km with a maximum speed 90 km/h = 5 h 47 min
 65 km with a maximum speed 80 km/h = 48 min
 7 km with a maximum speed 70 km/h = 6 min
 16 km with a maximum speed 60 km/h = 15 min
 2 km with a maximum speed 50 km/h = 2 min
 329 km with a maximum speed 20 km/h = 16 h 27 min
The calculated driving time does not take into account intermediate stops and traffic jams.
How far is Emerald to Cairns by land?
The distance between Emerald and Cairns is 957 km by road including 20 km on motorways.
Precise satellite coordinates of highways were used for this calculation. The start and finish points are the centers of Emerald and Cairns respectively.
How far is Emerald to Cairns by plane?
The shortest distance (air line, as the crow flies) between Emerald and Cairns is 776 km.
This distance is calculated using the Haversine formula as a greatcircle distance between two points on the surface of a sphere. The start and finish points are the centers of Emerald and Cairns respectively. Actual distance between airports may be different.
How many hours is Emerald from Cairns by plane?
Boeing 737 airliner needs 58 min to cover the distance of 776 km at a cruising speed of 800 km/h.
Small plane "Cessna 172" needs 3 h 31 min to flight this distance at average speed of 220 km/h.
This time is approximate and do not take into account takeoff and landing times, airport location and other real world factors.
How long is a helicopter ride from Emerald to Cairns?
Fast helicopter "Eurocopter AS350" or "Hughes OH6 Cayuse" need 3 h 14 min to cover the distance of 776 km at a cruising speed of 240 km/h.
Popular "Robinson R44" needs 3 h 41 min to flight this distance at average speed of 210 km/h.
This time is approximate and do not take into account takeoff and landing times, aerodrome location and other real world factors.
What city is halfway between Emerald and Cairns?
The halfway point between Emerald and Cairns is Charters Towers. It is located about 3 km from the exact midpoint by road.
The distance from Charters Towers to Emerald is 481 km and driving will take about 13 h 56 min. The road between Charters Towers and Cairns has length 476 km and will take approximately 9 h 42 min.
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Where is Emerald in relation to Cairns?
Emerald is located 776 km southeast of Cairns.
Emerald has geographic coordinates: latitude 23.52631, longitude 148.16185.
Cairns has geographic coordinates: latitude 16.9205, longitude 145.77189.
Which highway goes from Emerald to Cairns?
The route from Emerald to Cairns follows A1, A7.
Other minor sections pass along the road:
 A6: 83 km