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Recommended option

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

$27 - $40

Drive  •  2 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Cardwell 114.2 miles

$16 - $24

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. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns to Cardwell 5 times a week. Tickets cost $27 - $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
$27 - $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 - $23
Flexifare
$24 - $35

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Cairns and Cardwell is 152 km. The road distance is 183 km.

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Cardwell is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 2 h 14 min.

The quickest way to get from Cairns to Cardwell is to drive which takes 2 h 14 min and costs $21 - $35.

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

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.

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