There are 7 ways to get from Cairns to Bowen by bus, train, 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.

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Bus  •  8 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Bowen Gx411

$45 - $85

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Train  •  8 h 56 min

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

$77 - $105

Drive  •  7 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Bowen 343.9 miles

$45 - $75

Fly to Mackay, train  •  7 h 50 min

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

$232 - $632

Fly to Townsville, bus  •  6 h 48 min

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

$129 - $407

Fly to Hamilton Island, bus  •  6 h 32 min

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

$233 - $706

Fly to Proserpine, bus  •  8 h 47 min

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

$221 - $621

Questions & Answers

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns Central Station station and arriving at Bowen. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 8 h 15 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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The best way to get from Cairns to Bowen without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 15 min and costs .

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The bus from Cairns Central Station to Bowen takes 8 h 15 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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Cairns to Bowen bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, arrive at Cairns Central Station.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Bowen is to bus which takes 8 h 15 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 8 h 56 min.

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There is no direct flight from Cairns Airport to Mackay Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 10 min and has one stopover.

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Cairns to Bowen bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, arrive at Bowen station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Bowen is 550 km. It takes approximately 7 h 1 min to drive from Cairns to Bowen.

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

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Bowen.
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  • Distance: 269.8 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 15 min

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

Premier Motor Service operates a bus from Cairns to Bowen once daily. Tickets cost $55 - $80 and the journey takes 8 h 15 min. Greyhound Australia also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns to Bowen 3 times a day. Tickets cost $65 - $90 and the journey takes 8 h 50 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 47 min
When
Every day
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 Townsville
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $390
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 Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
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
6 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $390
Flights from Cairns to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, 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
8 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $90
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Queensland Rail Travel
Train from Mackay to Bowen
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
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Queensland Rail Travel
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Bowen
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Bowen
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $30
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
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 Cairns to Bowen
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $85
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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 - $19
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$6 - $10
Flexifare
$13 - $19
Bus from Proserpine to Bowen
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$8 - $22
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$8 - $13
Flexifare
$16 - $22

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There are 23+ hotels available in Bowen. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Cairns Airport is to shuttle which takes 15 min and costs .

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