There are 3 ways to get from Cairns to Cardwell by bus, train or car

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Bus  •  2 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Cardwell Gx454 / ...

$15 - $35

2 alternative options

Train  •  3 h 42 min

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

$26 - $40

Drive  •  2 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Cardwell 114.2 miles

$16 - $24

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Cardwell is to drive which costs $22 - $35 and takes 2 h 14 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Cardwell is to drive which costs $22 - $35 and takes 2 h 14 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Cardwell is 152 km. The road distance is 182.7 km.

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The bus from Cairns to Cardwell takes 2 h 15 min including transfers and departs three times a day.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns and arriving at Cardwell. Services depart three times a day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Cairns Central Station station and arriving at Cardwell. Services depart five times a week. The journey takes approximately 3 h 42 min.

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The nearest airport to Cardwell is Palm Island (PMK) Airport which is 79.4 km away. Other nearby airports include Townsville (TSV) (134.8 km), Cairns (CNS) (157.7 km), Hamilton Island (HTI) (384 km) and Mackay (MKY) (461.9 km).

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Cairns to Cardwell train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Cairns station.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Cardwell.
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  • Distance: 95.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 15 min

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

Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Cairns to Cardwell 3 times a day. Tickets cost $15 - $35 and the journey takes 2 h 15 min. Premier Motor Service also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns to Cardwell 5 times a week. Tickets cost $26 - $40 and the journey takes 3 h 42 min.

Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Cardwell
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Cairns to Cardwell
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$15 - $22
Flexifare
$23 - $35
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Cardwell Brasenose Street
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $28
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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