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Old 05-07-2011, 11:22 PM
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Hi i am goin away with 3 friends in september the 21st we are flying into darwin and the traveling to cairns by campervan and then was wondering what is best to travel from cairns to melbourne bus or train ? And what sort of price are we looking at ? Thanks

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Buses are generally a bit cheaper than the train and they are usually a national service where as each state runs it's own train service. They're also a bit faster. The train is more comfortable though as you have room to walk around and the option of eating in the dining cart or going for a drink or snack in the salon car which will probably also show the odd movie to while away the hours. I've done the journey between Townsville and Brisbane on several occasions and must stress that IT IS LONG. I always use to prefer the train because they offered considerable student discounts so it was affordable to travel in a sleeper car which is really the best way to travel if you're long hauling it. They aren't exactly 'high speed' though, the fastest service between Cairns and Brisbane is nearly 24 hours. I'm pretty sure both train and bus offer a travellers pass which gives you the opportunity to get on and off at places along the way. However seating may be limited on services during peak holiday times. Particularly on the train which can book up a months in advance because it's popular with students, the unemployed and people on pensions, all of whom get big discounts. It's really not very cheap if you're paying full fare. The bus from Cairns to Brisbane is probably about 19ish hours.
Google: Queensland rail for info on train tickets and prices
and Mcafferty's or Greyhound for info on bus tickets and prices

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Hi thanks for the replys we have had a look into both and over here it will be cheaper to get the train pass but am worried we will get there Nd alot of trains may be booked up ... We can get a bus pass that is called the oz experiance from sta travel company which they reccomend is the best for socialble reasons and info but yhey are fairly expensive ...
Would you say we would be best buying some sort of pass before we arrive or just book as we mean to go on once we are there ? Thanks


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Hi Liam, I have been to a lot of places already and I like renting cars. It can be expensive for one or two people, but more than makes up for it in mobility, time savings and sheer driving pleasure. And it's a blast. If you want to save in your car rentals while experiencing great adventures, I would like to recommend this company that offers great deals in vans/cars. Compare Bookings. You may go to Google's website and type in Compare Bookings, after that you may simply choose from the drop down list Car Rentals.

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rent a car or take the bus

the train line doesn't go to many of the places you want to visit. the bus runs more frequently and it is cheaper.


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Hi Ellesoj i cant seam to find the website you are talking about can you please post the link ? Thanks ...

And thanks dan that was one of my concerns about the train was its destinations .... Is there many companies over there that are cheap for car hire do you no ? And i will be 22 will that be an issue for insuance ? Thanks


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Hi liam,

I can't post for a link as of now, because I am still a junior member on this page. But you may try comparebookingsdotcomslashpslashcarsdothtml hope you can get this.

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Is this what the webaite is as am struggling to find it i can find compare bookins. Com but that is just coming up to search for hotels not cars ... Is the link you sent as follows

Www.comparebookings.com/p/cars.html ?? Thanks


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Yes, Liam. That is the site I am talking about. Aside from car rentals, they also offer other travel services like Hotels, Flights, Cruises and Tours at a very affordable price.

Hope that will help you.

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Hi i am goin away with 3 friends in september the 21st we are flying into darwin and the traveling to cairns by campervan and then was wondering what is best to travel from cairns to melbourne bus or train ? And what sort of price are we looking at ? Thanks


A bus is more comfortable than a train


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