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

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Fly  •  4 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Tamworth (TMW) CNS - TMW

$180 - $319

4 alternative options

Train, bus  •  33 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane Roma Street Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Tamworth

$231 - $353

Bus  •  38 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane Gx411
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Tamworth

$246 - $346

Train  •  41 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane Roma Street
  2. Take the train from Brisbane to Maitland Station 32
  3. Take the train from Maitland Station to Tamworth Station 223

$246 - $419

Drive  •  24 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Tamworth 1288 miles

$180 - $270

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Tamworth is to drive which costs $250 - $370 and takes 24 h 33 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Tamworth is to fly which costs $240 - $440 and takes 4 h 27 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cairns station to Tamworth. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Tamworth via Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 38 h 40 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cairns station to Tamworth station. However, there are services departing from Cairns Central Station and arriving at Tamworth Station via Brisbane and Maitland Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 41 h 22 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Tamworth is 1660 km. The road distance is 2060.7 km.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Tamworth without a car is to train and bus which takes 33 h 55 min and costs $310 - $490.

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It takes approximately 4 h 27 min to get from Cairns to Tamworth, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cairns to Tamworth is to fly which takes 4 h 27 min and costs $240 - $440. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $340 - $480 and takes 38 h 40 min, you could also train, which costs $340 - $600 and takes 41 h 22 min.

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There is no direct flight from Cairns Airport to Tamworth Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 45 min and has one stopover.

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Cairns to Tamworth bus services, operated by Crisps Coaches, arrive at Tamworth station.

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  • Distance: 1037.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 27 min

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Tamworth, NSW, Australia?

Qantas, Virgin Australia and three other airlines fly from Cairns to Tamworth hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cairns to Tamworth via Brisbane in around 38 h 40 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Tamworth via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $550
Flights from Cairns to Tamworth via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Tamworth via Sydney
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Cairns to Tamworth via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $480
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
24 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $270
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$268
B-Quick
$148
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Brisbane to Maitland Station
Ave. Duration
11 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$75 - $110
1st Class
$100 - $150
Train from Maitland Station to Tamworth Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$24 - $40
1st Class
$30 - $50
Bus operators
Crisps Coaches
Phone
(07) 4661 8333
Email
reservations@crisps.com.au
Website
crisps.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Tamworth
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$84
Schedules at
crisps.com.au
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
29 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$190 - $250
Schedules at
premierms.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 Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
30 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160 - $270
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$160 - $230
Flexifare
$190 - $270

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