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

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Bus  •  2h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Cardwell Gx410 / ...

$29 - $60

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Train  •  3h 34m

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

$27 - $45

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Drive  •  2h 14m

  1. Drive from Cairns to Cardwell 182.5 km

$26 - $40

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Cardwell is to drive which costs $26 - $40 and takes 2h 14m.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Cardwell is to bus which costs $29 - $60 and takes 2h 10m.

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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 2h 10m.

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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, and operate Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 3h 34m.

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The distance between Cairns and Cardwell is 152 km. The road distance is 182.5 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Cardwell without a car is to bus which takes 2h 10m and costs $29 - $60.

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The bus from Cairns to Cardwell takes 2h 10m 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, depart from Cairns Central Station.

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  • Distance: 152.2 km
  • Duration: 2h 10m

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 $35 - $60 and the journey takes 2h 10m. Premier Motor Service also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns Central Station to Cardwell 5 times a week. Tickets cost $27 - $45 and the journey takes 3h 34m.

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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, although service is limited in Western Australia with just a single route to Broome. Buses are equipped for long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers, reclining seats and an onboard bathroom.

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Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Cairns to Cardwell
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $60
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Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$35 - $50
Premium
$40 - $60
Advantage
$40 - $50
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Cardwell Brasenose Street
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
Premier Motor Service

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The best way to get from Cairns to Cardwell is to bus which takes 2h 10m and costs $29 - $60. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $27 - $45 and takes 3h 34m.

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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 2h 14m to drive from Cairns to Cardwell.

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There are six+ hotels available in Cardwell. Prices start at $150 AUD per night.

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