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There are 8 ways to get from Cairns to Cloncurry by plane, night bus, bus, train or car

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Fly Cairns to Mount Isa, night bus  •  5 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Mount Isa (ISA) CNS - ISA
  2. Take the night bus from Mount Isa to Cloncurry

$293 - $915

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Bus  •  16 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Townsville Gx410
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Cloncurry Bq321 / ...

$83 - $163

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Fly Cairns to Cloncurry  •  4 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Cloncurry (CNJ) CNS - CNJ

$247 - $580

Fly Cairns to Julia Creek, bus  •  10 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Julia Creek (JCK) CNS - JCK
  2. Take the bus from Julia Creek to Cloncurry

$345 - $1,152

Train to Townsville, fly to Cloncurry  •  9 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Townsville
  2. Fly from Townsville (TSV) to Cloncurry (CNJ) TSV - CNJ

$214 - $673

Bus via Cairns Central Station  •  17 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Townsville
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Cloncurry Bq321 / ...

$93 - $160

Train  •  23 h 24 min

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

$134 - $190

Drive  •  12 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Cloncurry 657.6 miles

$90 - $140

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Cloncurry is to drive which costs $130 - $200 and takes 12 h 16 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Cloncurry is to fly which costs $340 - $850 and takes 4 h 44 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairns to Cloncurry. However, there are services departing from Cairns and arriving at Cloncurry via Townsville. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cairns station to Cloncurry station. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Cloncurry station via Townsville station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23 h 24 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Cloncurry is 695 km. The road distance is 1052.2 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Cloncurry without a car is to bus which takes 16 h 20 min and costs $110 - $230.

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It takes approximately 5 h 54 min to get from Cairns to Cloncurry, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cairns to Cloncurry is to fly which takes 4 h 44 min and costs $340 - $850. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $110 - $230 and takes 16 h 20 min, you could also train, which costs $180 - $270 and takes 23 h 24 min.

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Cloncurry.
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  • Distance: 434.5 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 54 min

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

Virgin Australia, Regional Express and two other airlines fly from Cairns to Cloncurry once daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cairns to Cloncurry via Townsville in around 16 h 20 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Mount Isa via Townsville
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Townsville to Cloncurry
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Townsville to Cloncurry via Mount Isa
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Cloncurry via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $550
Flights from Cairns to Cloncurry via Mount Isa
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$280 - $950
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Mount Isa
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,200
Flights from Cairns to Julia Creek via Mount Isa
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
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 Cloncurry station
Ave. Duration
16 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$90 - $130
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Queensland Rail Travel
Bus operators
Bus Queensland
Phone
1300 287 537
Website
busqld.com.au
Night bus from Mount Isa to Cloncurry
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
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busqldoutback.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Cloncurry
Ave. Duration
10 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au
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 Julia Creek to Cloncurry
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$11 - $26
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$11 - $16
Flexifare
$18 - $26
Bus from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $55
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$28 - $40
Flexifare
$35 - $55
Bus from Townsville to Cloncurry
Ave. Duration
9 h 25 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$60 - $90
Flexifare
$75 - $110
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
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

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The quickest flight from Cairns Airport to Mount Isa Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 5 min.

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Cairns to Cloncurry bus services, operated by Bus Queensland, arrive at Cloncurry station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Cloncurry is 1052 km. It takes approximately 12 h 16 min to drive from Cairns to Cloncurry.

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Regional Express and Qantas offer flights from Cairns Airport to Mount Isa Airport.

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There are two+ hotels available in Cloncurry. 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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