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

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Fly to Hervey Bay, bus  •  7 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Hervey Bay (HVB) CNS - HVB
  2. Take the bus from Hervey Bay - Palace Hostel to Childers

$230 - $606

Cheapest option

Bus  •  20 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Childers Gx411

$120 - $250

3 alternative options

Fly to Bundaberg  •  8 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Bundaberg (BDB) CNS - BDB

$188 - $569

Train, bus  •  20 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Bundaberg Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the bus from Bundaberg to Childers Gx410 / ...

$140 - $264

Drive  •  18 h 47 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Childers 870.6 miles

$120 - $180

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Childers is to drive which costs $170 - $260 and takes 18 h 47 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Childers is to fly and bus which costs $320 - $900 and takes 7 h 23 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns Central Station station and arriving at Childers. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 20 h 40 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Childers is 1144 km. The road distance is 1392.9 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Childers without a car is to bus which takes 20 h 40 min and costs $170 - $350.

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It takes approximately 7 h 23 min to get from Cairns to Childers, including transfers.

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Cairns to Childers bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, arrive at Cairns Central Station.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Childers is to fly which takes 8 h 54 min and costs $260 - $800. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $170 - $350 and takes 20 h 40 min.

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There is no direct flight from Cairns Airport to Hervey Bay Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h and has one stopover.

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Cairns to Childers bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, arrive at Childers station.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Childers.
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  • Distance: 715.1 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 23 min

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Childers, QLD, Australia?

Qantas, Virgin Australia and three other airlines fly from Cairns to Childers hourly. Alternatively, Premier Motor Service operates a bus from Cairns to Childers once daily. Tickets cost $140 - $190 and the journey takes 20 h 40 min. Greyhound Australia also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Bundaberg via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Bundaberg via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 57 min
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Bundaberg via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Sydney
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Cairns to Bundaberg via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Cairns to Bundaberg via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Bundaberg
Ave. Duration
19 h 3 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $250
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$248
B-Quick
$137
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 Hervey Bay - Palace Hostel to Childers
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5 - $17
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$5 - $8
Flexifare
$12 - $17
Bus from Cairns to Childers
Ave. Duration
22 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $250
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $170
Flexifare
$140 - $200
Bus from Bundaberg to Childers
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $16
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$4 - $7
Flexifare
$11 - $16
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Childers
Ave. Duration
20 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $190
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Bundaberg to Childers
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Childers is 1393 km. It takes approximately 18 h 47 min to drive from Cairns to Childers.

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Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Cairns Airport to Hervey Bay Airport.

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There are four+ hotels available in Childers. Prices start at $100 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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