There are 5 ways to get from Cairns to Charters Towers by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  6 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Townsville Gx454 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Charters Towers Bq321/Bq323 / ...

$50 - $84

4 alternative options

Train, bus  •  9 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Townsville Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Blue Nurses Bq301/Bq302

$66 - $92

Train  •  9 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Townsville Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the train from Townsville station to Charters Towers station The Inlander

$67 - $97

Drive  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Charters Towers 299.8 miles

$40 - $65

Fly, bus  •  4 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Townsville (TSV) CNS - TSV
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to All Souls School - Charters Towers

$126 - $407

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Charters Towers is to drive which costs $55 - $85 and takes 6 h 1 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Charters Towers is to fly and bus which costs $170 - $600 and takes 4 h 43 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Charters Towers is 354 km. The road distance is 479.7 km.

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It takes approximately 6 h 49 min to get from Cairns to Charters Towers, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairns to Charters Towers. However, there are services departing from Cairns and arriving at Charters Towers via Townsville. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 49 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cairns station to Charters Towers station. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Charters Towers station via Townsville station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 59 min.

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What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Charters Towers, QLD, Australia?

You can take a bus from Cairns to Charters Towers via Townsville in around 6 h 49 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cairns to Charters Towers via Townsville and Townsville station in around 9 h 59 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $390
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, 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 Townsville
Ave. Duration
6 h 9 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Townsville station to Charters Towers station
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $55
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$29 - $45
Flexifare
$40 - $55
Bus Queensland
Phone
1300 287 537
Website
busqld.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Charters Towers
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Blue Nurses
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au
Bus from Townsville to All Souls School - Charters Towers
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$21 - $29
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au

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