There are 4 ways to get from Cairns to Townsville by plane, bus, train 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  •  1 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Townsville (TSV) CNS - TSV

$105 - $378

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns to Townsville Gx454 / ...

$29 - $55

2 alternative options

Train  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Townsville Spirit of Queensland

$45 - $65

Drive  •  4 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Townsville 216 miles

$30 - $45

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The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Townsville is to drive which costs $40 - $60 and takes 4 h 8 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Townsville is to fly which costs $140 - $550 and takes 1 h 52 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Townsville is 283 km. The road distance is 345.6 km.

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It takes approximately 1 h 52 min to get from Cairns to Townsville, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cairns and arriving at Townsville. Services depart three times a day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 25 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Cairns Central Station station and arriving at Townsville. Services depart five times a week. The journey takes approximately 6 h 9 min.

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

Qantas and Regional Express fly from Cairns to Townsville 5 times a day. Alternatively, Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Cairns to Townsville 3 times a day. Tickets cost $29 - $55 and the journey takes 4 h 25 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $390
Regional Express
Website
rex.com.au
Flights from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday to 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 Cairns Central Station to Townsville
Ave. Duration
6 h 9 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $55
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$29 - $45
Flexifare
$40 - $55

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