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Getting to JCU / Arrival Service

A free arrival service is available for all new international students arriving in Cairns and Townsville in 2022.

If you arrive between the dates listed below for your trimester/semester , you will be met on arrival by a representative of JCU and taken to your pre-arranged accommodation.

Trimester 2, 2022: 23 May - 29 May 2022

Study Period 2, 2022: 11 July - 17 July 2022

Trimester 3, 2022: 5 September - 11 September 2022

Important information will be provided to you to help you in your first 24 hours after your arrival.

If you arrive outside of the dates listed above, you will be met by a representative of the transport company and taken to your accommodation.

Please note that we require three business days notice of your booking to ensure that you are met on your arrival.

Before travelling

If you are a Townsville Campus student and your flight arrives at the Cairns International Airport, you need to make your own travel arrangements between Cairns and Townsville.

Qantas, Virgin Australia, Greyhound Australia and Queensland Rail offer transport between Cairns and Townsville.

As the services transports you to your accommodation, ensure you have arranged your temporary or permanent accommodation before booking an Arrival Service.

On arrival at JCU

Once you arrive at the Cairns or Townsville Campus you will need to check-in with the International Student Support team at JCU's Student Centre (Building A1 in Cairns and Building 134 in Townsville).

Alternative local transport services

Townsville and Cairns both have reliable taxi services.

A taxi meter is used and will determine the cost of your travel:

  • Townsville airport to JCU: approximately AUD$40
  • Cairns airport to the city centre: approximately AUD$30

There are taxis available which service all arrival ports in Cairns and Townsville.

More information

For more information contact JCU's International Student Support team.