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

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Fly  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Adelaide (ADL) to Townsville (TSV) ADL - TSV

$232 - $402

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Bus  •  2 days 0 h

  1. Take the bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
  2. Take the bus from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek
  3. Take the bus from Tennant Creek to Townsville

$285 - $499

Train  •  2 days 10 h

  1. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Sydney
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Townsville

$503 - $1,031

Train, bus  •  2 days 17 h

  1. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Sydney
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Townsville

$526 - $988

Drive  •  31 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Adelaide to Townsville 1702.7 miles

$240 - $360

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The cheapest way to get from Adelaide to Townsville is to fly which costs $320 - $600 and takes 7 h 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from Adelaide to Townsville is to fly which costs $320 - $600 and takes 7 h 24 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Adelaide to Townsville. However, there are services departing from Adelaide and arriving at Townsville via Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 0 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Adelaide to Townsville. However, there are services departing from Adelaide Parklands and arriving at Townsville via Central Station and Brisbane Roma Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 10 h.

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The distance between Adelaide and Townsville is 1920 km. The road distance is 2724.4 km.

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The best way to get from Adelaide to Townsville without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 0 h and costs $400 - $750.

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It takes approximately 7 h 24 min to get from Adelaide to Townsville, including transfers.

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

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Adelaide to Townsville train services, operated by Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific, depart from Adelaide Parklands station.

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The best way to get from Adelaide to Townsville is to fly which takes 7 h 24 min and costs $320 - $600. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $400 - $750 and takes 2 days 0 h, you could also train, which costs $700 - $1,500 and takes 2 days 10 h.

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Map of how to get from Adelaide to Townsville.
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  • Distance: 1199.8 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 24 min

What companies run services between Adelaide, SA, Australia and Townsville, QLD, Australia?

Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar fly from Adelaide to Townsville hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Adelaide to Townsville via Alice Springs and Tennant Creek in around 2 days 0 h.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Adelaide to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $750
Flights from Adelaide to Townsville via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $750
Flights from Adelaide to Townsville via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Adelaide to Townsville via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $750
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Adelaide to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $900
Flights from Adelaide to Townsville via Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $400
Flights from Adelaide to Townsville via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $400
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Adelaide to Townsville via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $400
Flights from Adelaide to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $400
Flights from Adelaide to Townsville via Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $400
Flights from Adelaide to Townsville via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $400
Train operators
Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Adelaide Parklands to Sydney
Ave. Duration
24 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$280 - $650
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Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$284
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$480 - $650
Low Gold Single Cabin
$500 - $650
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$600 - $800
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
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
17 h 23 min
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 Adelaide to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210
Bus from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$40 - $60
Flexifare
$50 - $75
Bus from Tennant Creek to Townsville
Ave. Duration
19 h 40 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$120 - $220
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Townsville
Ave. Duration
23 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $200
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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There is no direct flight from Adelaide Airport to Townsville Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 10 min and has one stopover.

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

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Townsville is 30 min ahead of Adelaide. It is currently 4:46 AM in Adelaide and 4:16 AM in Townsville.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Adelaide to Townsville is 2724 km. It takes approximately 31 h 25 min to drive from Adelaide to Townsville.

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

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There are 235+ hotels available in Townsville. Prices start at $77 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Adelaide to Adelaide Airport is to bus which takes 18 min and costs $4.

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