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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 / ...

$14 - $35

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Train  •  3 h 34 min

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

$25 - $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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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns and arriving at Cardwell. Services depart four times a day, and operate every 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 once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 34 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 best way to get from Cairns to Cardwell without a car is to bus which takes 2 h 15 min and costs $20 - $45.

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

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Cairns to Cardwell bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Cairns station.

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

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The best way to get from Cairns to Cardwell is to bus which takes 2 h 15 min and costs $20 - $45. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $35 - $50 and takes 3 h 34 min.

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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 $14 - $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 once daily. Tickets cost $25 - $40 and the journey takes 3 h 34 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 34 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
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Queensland Rail Travel
Bus operators
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 Cardwell
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $35
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$14 - $21
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
$20 - $27
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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Cairns to Cardwell bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Cardwell station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Cardwell is 183 km. It takes approximately 2 h 14 min to drive from Cairns to Cardwell.

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There are seven+ hotels available in Cardwell. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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