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There are 5 ways to get from Sydney to Townsville by plane, train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly  •  4h 52m

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Townsville (TSV) SYD - TSV

$112 - $302

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Train  •  32h 35m

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Townsville Spirit of Queensland

$221 - $380

Bus Greyhound Australia  •  41h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street Gx243 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Townsville Gx443 / ...

$190 - $333

Bus Premier Motor Service  •  44h 47m

  1. Take the bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Townsville

$219 - $340

Drive  •  24h 21m

  1. Drive from Sydney to Townsville 1292 miles

$180 - $270

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The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Townsville is to fly which costs $150 - $430 and takes 4h 52m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Townsville is to fly which costs $150 - $430 and takes 4h 52m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sydney to Townsville. However, there are services departing from Sydney and arriving at Townsville via Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 41h 10m.

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No, there is no direct train from Sydney station to Townsville. However, there are services departing from Central Station and arriving at Townsville via Brisbane Roma Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 32h 35m.

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The distance between Sydney and Townsville is 1681 km. The road distance is 2067.1 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Townsville without a car is to train which takes 32h 35m and costs $310 - $550.

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It takes approximately 4h 52m to get from Sydney to Townsville, including transfers.

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Sydney to Townsville bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Sydney station.

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Sydney to Townsville train services, operated by Transport NSW, arrive at Central Station.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Townsville is to fly which takes 4h 52m and costs $150 - $430. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $310 - $550 and takes 32h 35m, you could also bus, which costs $260 - $470 and takes 41h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Townsville.
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  • Distance: 1050.4 miles
  • Duration: 4h 52m

What companies run services between Sydney, NSW, Australia and Townsville, QLD, Australia?

Jetstar, Virgin Australia and two other airlines fly from Sydney to Townsville hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Sydney to Townsville via Brisbane and Brisbane Roma Street in around 32h 35m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Flights from Sydney to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Townsville via Cairns
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Flights from Sydney to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Train operators
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Townsville
Ave. Duration
17h 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $250
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$249
B-Quick
$137
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 Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
16h 45m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$80 - $120
Flexifare
$95 - $140
Bus from Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
23h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$120 - $200
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $170
Flexifare
$140 - $200
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
23h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $190
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Townsville
Ave. Duration
23h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $200
Website
Premier Motor Service

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Townsville Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 40m.

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Sydney to Townsville bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Townsville station.

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Townsville is 1h behind Sydney. It is currently 2:44 PM in Sydney and 1:44 PM in Townsville.

Sydney to Townsville train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Townsville station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sydney to Townsville is 2067 km. It takes approximately 24h 21m to drive from Sydney to Townsville.

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Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Sydney Airport to Townsville Airport.

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There are 243+ hotels available in Townsville. Prices start at $77 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Sydney Airport is to train which takes 22m and costs $17.

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