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

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Bus Greyhound Australia  •  7 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Charters Towers to Townsville Gx849
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Cairns Gx415 / ...

$39 - $176

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Bus Premier Motor Service  •  8 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from All Souls School - Charters Towers to Townsville Bq322
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Cairns Central Station

$56 - $78

Bus, train  •  9 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Blue Nurses to Mater Health Services Bq302
  2. Take the train from Townsville to Cairns Central Station Spirit of Queensland

$61 - $93

Train  •  10 h 42 min

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

$61 - $95

Drive  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Charters Towers to Cairns 299.7 miles

$40 - $65

Bus, fly  •  5 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Blue Nurses to Townsville Airport
  2. Fly from Townsville (TSV) to Cairns (CNS) TSV - CNS

$127 - $407

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

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The quickest way to get from Charters Towers to Cairns is to bus and fly which costs $170 - $600 and takes 5 h 5 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Charters Towers to Cairns. However, there are services departing from Charters Towers and arriving at Cairns via Townsville. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Charters Towers station to Cairns station. However, there are services departing from Charters Towers station and arriving at Cairns Central Station via Townsville. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 42 min.

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The distance between Charters Towers and Cairns is 354 km. The road distance is 479.4 km.

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The best way to get from Charters Towers to Cairns without a car is to bus which takes 7 h 50 min and costs $55 - $250.

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It takes approximately 7 h 50 min to get from Charters Towers to Cairns, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Charters Towers to Cairns is to bus which takes 7 h 50 min and costs $55 - $250. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $85 - $140 and takes 10 h 42 min.

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Map of how to get from Charters Towers to Cairns.
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  • Distance: 221.3 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 50 min

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

You can take a bus from Charters Towers to Cairns via Townsville in around 7 h 50 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Charters Towers to Cairns via Townsville station and Townsville in around 10 h 42 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Townsville to Cairns
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $390
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Townsville to Cairns
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
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 Townsville to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
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Queensland Rail Travel
Train from Charters Towers station to Townsville station
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 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 Charters Towers to Townsville
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$11 - $26
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$11 - $16
Flexifare
$18 - $26
Bus from Townsville to Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $150
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$28 - $40
Flexifare
$35 - $55
Bus Queensland
Phone
1300 287 537
Website
busqld.com.au
Bus from All Souls School - Charters Towers to Townsville
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au
Bus from Blue Nurses to Mater Health Services
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$21 - $29
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au
Bus from Blue Nurses to Townsville Airport
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
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Charters Towers to Cairns is 479 km. It takes approximately 6 h 1 min to drive from Charters Towers to Cairns.

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

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There are 458+ hotels available in Cairns. Prices start at $70 USD per night.

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