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

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Bus  •  7 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Charters Towers to Townsville Bq321/Bq323 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Townsville to Cairns Gx415 / ...

$51 - $190

4 alternative options

Bus, train  •  9 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Blue Nurses to Townsville Bq301/Bq302
  2. Take the train from Townsville to Cairns Central Station Spirit of Queensland

$67 - $95

Train  •  10 h 47 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

$68 - $96

Drive  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Charters Towers to Cairns 299.7 miles

$40 - $65

Bus, fly  •  4 h 58 min

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

$127 - $408

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Charters Towers to Cairns is to drive which costs $55 - $85 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 - $550 and takes 4 h 58 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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It takes approximately 7 h 40 min to get from Charters Towers to Cairns, including transfers.

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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 40 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 47 min.

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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 40 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Charters Towers to Cairns via Townsville station and Townsville in around 10 h 47 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, Wednesday, 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 42 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Charters Towers station to Townsville station
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Bus Queensland
Phone
1300 287 537
Website
busqld.com.au
Bus from Charters Towers to Townsville
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au
Bus from Blue Nurses to Townsville
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $30
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au
Bus from Blue Nurses to Stockland Ross River Road
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
busqldoutback.com.au
Book at
busqldoutback.com.au
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $160
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$29 - $45
Flexifare
$40 - $55

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