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

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

Train  •  8 h 56 min

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

$81 - $110

Cheapest option

Bus  •  9 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Bowen Gx411

$45 - $85

5 alternative options

Drive  •  7 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Bowen 343.9 miles

$45 - $75

Fly to Mackay, train  •  6 h 42 min

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

$233 - $634

Fly to Hamilton Island, bus  •  5 h 24 min

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

$236 - $708

Fly to Proserpine, bus  •  8 h

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

$222 - $626

Fly to Townsville, bus  •  6 h 1 min

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

$122 - $423

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Bowen is to drive which costs $65 - $100 and takes 7 h 1 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Bowen is to fly and bus which costs $310 - $1,000 and takes 5 h 24 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Bowen is 432 km. The road distance is 550.3 km.

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It takes approximately 8 h 56 min to get from Cairns to Bowen, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns and arriving at Bowen. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 9 h 40 min.

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What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Bowen, QLD, Australia?

Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns 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 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 27 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
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
Every day
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 52 min
When
Every day
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 to 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
8 h 50 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
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
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
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
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

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