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

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Fly  •  4 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Townsville (TSV) BNE - TSV

$90 - $255

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Train  •  17 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Townsville Spirit of Queensland

$130 - $260

Bus Greyhound Australia  •  23 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Brisbane to Townsville Gx443 / ...

$120 - $210

Bus Premier Motor Service  •  25 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Townsville

$154 - $205

Drive  •  17 h 39 min

  1. Drive from Brisbane to Townsville 932.2 miles

$130 - $200

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The cheapest way to get from Brisbane to Townsville is to bus which costs $170 - $280 and takes 23 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Brisbane to Townsville is to fly which costs $120 - $360 and takes 4 h 11 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Brisbane and arriving at Townsville. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 23 h 25 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Brisbane Roma Street and arriving at Townsville. Services depart five times a week. The journey takes approximately 17 h 23 min.

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The distance between Brisbane and Townsville is 1111 km. The road distance is 1491.6 km.

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The best way to get from Brisbane to Townsville without a car is to train which takes 17 h 23 min and costs $190 - $350.

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It takes approximately 4 h 11 min to get from Brisbane to Townsville, including transfers.

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

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Brisbane to Townsville train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, depart from Brisbane Roma Street station.

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The best way to get from Brisbane to Townsville is to fly which takes 4 h 11 min and costs $120 - $360. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $190 - $350 and takes 17 h 23 min, you could also bus, which costs $170 - $280 and takes 23 h 25 min.

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Map of how to get from Brisbane to Townsville.
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  • Distance: 694.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 11 min

What companies run services between Brisbane, QLD, Australia and Townsville, QLD, Australia?

Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia fly from Brisbane to Townsville hourly. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Brisbane to Townsville 5 times a week. Tickets cost $130 - $260 and the journey takes 17 h 23 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Brisbane to Townsville via Mackay
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $490
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $450
Train operators
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
5 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $260
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$254
B-Quick
$140
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 Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
23 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$140 - $210
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
23 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $190
Schedules at
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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The quickest flight from Brisbane Airport to Townsville Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 55 min.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Brisbane to Townsville is 1492 km. It takes approximately 17 h 39 min to drive from Brisbane to Townsville.

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

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There are 228+ hotels available in Townsville. Prices start at $79 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Brisbane to Brisbane Airport is to train which takes 20 min and costs $14 - $20.

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