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There are 7 ways to get from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Bowen by plane, bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to Mackay, bus  •  7h 8m

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Mackay (MKY) CNS - MKY
  2. Take the bus from Mackay to Bowen

$204 - $567

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Bus  •  9h 44m

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Bowen Gx410

$48 - $84

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Fly to Townsville, bus  •  5h 33m

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Townsville (TSV) CNS - TSV
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Bowen

$117 - $389

Fly to Hamilton Island, bus  •  5h 20m

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Hamilton Island (HTI) CNS - HTI
  2. Take the bus from Airlie Beach to Bowen

$223 - $617

Fly to Proserpine, bus  •  7h 27m

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Proserpine (PPP) CNS - PPP
  2. Take the bus from Proserpine to Bowen

$207 - $569

Train  •  10h 15m

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Bowen Spirit of Queensland

$80 - $109

Drive  •  7h 8m

  1. Drive from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Bowen 348 miles

$45 - $75

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Bowen is to drive which costs $70 - $110 and takes 7h 8m.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Bowen is to fly and bus which costs $310 - $900 and takes 5h 20m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Bowen. However, there are services departing from Capt Cook Highway near Arnold Street and arriving at Bowen via Cairns. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 44m.

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The distance between Cairns Airport (CNS) and Bowen is 437 km. The road distance is 556.9 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Bowen without a car is to bus which takes 9h 44m and costs $65 - $120.

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It takes approximately 7h 8m to get from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Bowen, including transfers.

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Cairns Airport (CNS) to Bowen bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Cairns station.

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The best way to get from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Bowen is to bus which takes 9h 44m and costs $65 - $120. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $110 - $160 and takes 10h 15m.

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There is no direct flight from Cairns Airport to Mackay Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 5m and has one stopover.

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Cairns Airport (CNS) to Bowen bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Bowen station.

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Map of how to get from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Bowen.
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  • Distance: 273 miles
  • Duration: 7h 8m

What companies run services between Cairns Airport (CNS), Australia and Bowen, QLD, Australia?

Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Bowen once daily. Tickets cost $45 - $80 and the journey takes 8h 30m. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Bowen once daily. Tickets cost $65 - $90 and the journey takes 8h 45m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 42m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $390
Flights from Cairns to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $390
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
10h 5m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 3m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
10h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $390
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Bowen
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $90
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Queensland Rail Travel
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Mackay to Bowen
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $40
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$18 - $27
Flexifare
$27 - $40
Bus from Airlie Beach to Bowen
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $19
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$6 - $10
Flexifare
$13 - $19
Bus from Proserpine to Bowen
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$8 - $22
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$8 - $13
Flexifare
$16 - $22
Bus from Cairns to Bowen
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$45 - $65
Flexifare
$55 - $80
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Bowen
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $30
Website
Premier Motor Service

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns Airport (CNS) to Bowen is 557 km. It takes approximately 7h 8m to drive from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Bowen.

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Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Cairns Airport to Mackay Airport.

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There are 24+ hotels available in Bowen. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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