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There are 6 ways to get from Cairns to Charters Towers by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus Greyhound Australia  •  6 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Townsville Gx454 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Charters Towers Gx489

$39 - $78

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Bus Premier Motor Service  •  8 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Townsville
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to All Souls School - Charters Towers Bq321

$58 - $78

Train, bus  •  8 h 59 min

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

$65 - $89

Train  •  9 h 54 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

$65 - $90

Drive  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Charters Towers 299.8 miles

$40 - $65

Fly, bus  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Townsville (TSV) CNS - TSV
  2. Take the bus from Stockland Ross River Road to Blue Nurses

$127 - $406

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Charters Towers is to drive which costs $60 - $90 and takes 6 h 1 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Charters Towers is to drive which costs $60 - $90 and takes 6 h 1 min.

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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 55 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 54 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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The best way to get from Cairns to Charters Towers without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 55 min and costs $55 - $120.

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It takes approximately 6 h 55 min to get from Cairns to Charters Towers, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cairns to Charters Towers is to bus which takes 6 h 55 min and costs $55 - $120. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $90 - $130 and takes 9 h 54 min.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Charters Towers.
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  • Distance: 221.3 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 55 min

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 55 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cairns to Charters Towers via Townsville and Townsville station in around 9 h 54 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, 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 4 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
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Queensland Rail Travel
Train from Townsville station to Charters Towers station
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$21 - $30
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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 Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $55
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$28 - $40
Flexifare
$35 - $55
Bus from Townsville to Charters Towers
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$11 - $26
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$11 - $16
Flexifare
$18 - $26
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Townsville
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus Queensland
Phone
1300 287 537
Website
busqld.com.au
Bus from Townsville to All Souls School - Charters Towers
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Blue Nurses
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$21 - $29
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au
Bus from Stockland Ross River Road to Blue Nurses
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au

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The quickest flight from Cairns Airport to Townsville Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Charters Towers is 480 km. It takes approximately 6 h 1 min to drive from Cairns to Charters Towers.

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Regional Express and Qantas offer flights from Cairns Airport to Townsville Airport.

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There are 13+ hotels available in Charters Towers. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Cairns Airport is to shuttle which takes 15 min and costs $23 - $25.

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