There are 4 ways to get from Cairns to Townsville by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  4 h 25 min

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

$28 - $55

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Train  •  6 h 9 min

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

$40 - $65

Drive  •  4 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Cairns to Townsville 216 miles

$30 - $45

Fly  •  3 h

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

$107 - $377

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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 three times a day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 9 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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The best way to get from Cairns to Townsville without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 25 min and costs .

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The bus from Cairns to Townsville takes 4 h 25 min including transfers and departs three times a day.

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

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Cairns to Townsville train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Cairns Central Station.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Townsville is to bus which takes 4 h 25 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 6 h 9 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 3 h.

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The quickest flight from Cairns Airport to Townsville Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Townsville.
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  • Distance: 176.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 25 min

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

Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Cairns to Townsville 3 times a day. Tickets cost $28 - $55 and the journey takes 4 h 25 min. Premier Motor Service also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Cairns to Townsville 3 times a day. Tickets cost $40 - $65 and the journey takes 6 h 9 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, Thursday and 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
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $65
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Queensland Rail Travel
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 Cairns to Townsville
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $55
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$28 - $40
Flexifare
$35 - $55
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Townsville
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cairns to Townsville is 346 km. It takes approximately 4 h 8 min to drive from Cairns to Townsville.

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Regional Express and Qantas offer flights from Cairns Airport to Townsville Airport.

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There are 227+ hotels available in Townsville. Prices start at $78 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Cairns Airport is to shuttle which takes 15 min and costs .

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