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

Recommended option

Fly to Mackay, train  •  6 h 35 min

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

$220 - $576

Cheapest option

Bus  •  11 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Bowen Gx411

$48 - $89

5 alternative options

Fly to Hamilton Island, bus  •  5 h 17 min

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

$228 - $648

Fly to Proserpine, bus  •  7 h 52 min

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

$210 - $573

Fly to Townsville, bus  •  5 h 53 min

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

$112 - $404

Train  •  10 h 15 min

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

$81 - $116

Drive  •  7 h 8 min

  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 $65 - $100 and takes 7 h 8 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Bowen is to fly and bus which costs $300 - $900 and takes 5 h 17 min.

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

Get driving directions

It takes approximately 6 h 35 min to get from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Bowen, including transfers.

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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 11 h 5 min.

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

Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Bowen 5 times a week. Tickets cost $65 - $95 and the journey takes 8 h 50 min. Alternatively, Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Bowen once daily. Tickets cost $45 - $85 and the journey takes 9 h 40 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane, Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$500 - $2,000
Flights from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $390
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
11 h
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $390
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Sydney
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, 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 Mackay to Bowen
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Bowen
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Airlie Beach to Bowen
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $20
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$6 - $10
Flexifare
$14 - $20
Bus from Proserpine to Bowen
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $23
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$9 - $13
Flexifare
$16 - $23
Bus from Townsville to Delta
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $35
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$16 - $24
Flexifare
$25 - $35
Bus from Cairns to Bowen
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $85
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$45 - $70
Flexifare
$60 - $85

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