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

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Fly  •  6h 14m

  1. Fly from Darwin (DRW) to Townsville (TSV) DRW - TSV

$165 - $345

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Bus  •  34h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Darwin to Tennant Creek Gx882
  2. Take the bus from Tennant Creek to Townsville Gx849

$201 - $356

Bus, train  •  41h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Darwin to Tennant Creek
  2. Take the bus from Tennant Creek to Julia Creek
  3. Take the train from Juila Creek station to Townsville station

$226 - $376

Drive  •  25h 25m

  1. Drive from Darwin to Townsville 1564.4 miles

$220 - $330

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The cheapest way to get from Darwin to Townsville is to fly which costs $230 - $490 and takes 6h 14m.

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The quickest way to get from Darwin to Townsville is to fly which costs $230 - $490 and takes 6h 14m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Darwin to Townsville. However, there are services departing from Darwin and arriving at Townsville via Tennant Creek. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 34h 50m.

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The distance between Darwin and Townsville is 1866 km. The road distance is 2503.1 km.

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The best way to get from Darwin to Townsville without a car is to bus which takes 34h 50m and costs $280 - $500.

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It takes approximately 6h 14m to get from Darwin to Townsville, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Darwin to Townsville is to fly which takes 6h 14m and costs $230 - $490. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $280 - $500 and takes 34h 50m.

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The quickest flight from Darwin Airport to Townsville Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 35m.

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

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Map of how to get from Darwin to Townsville.
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  • Distance: 1166.3 miles
  • Duration: 6h 14m

What companies run services between Darwin, NT, Australia and Townsville, QLD, Australia?

Airnorth, Jetstar and Qantas fly from Darwin to Townsville 5 times a week. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Darwin to Townsville via Tennant Creek in around 34h 50m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Darwin to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Darwin to Townsville via Cairns
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$160 - $340
Airnorth
Website
flyairnorth.com
Flights from Darwin to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Juila Creek station to Townsville station
Ave. Duration
13h 15m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$75 - $110
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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 Darwin to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
14h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $140
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$80 - $120
Flexifare
$95 - $140
Bus from Tennant Creek to Townsville
Ave. Duration
19h 40m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$120 - $220
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210
Bus from Tennant Creek to Julia Creek
Ave. Duration
11h 35m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$70 - $110
Flexifare
$90 - $130

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Townsville is 30m ahead of Darwin. It is currently 10:21 PM in Darwin and 10:51 PM in Townsville.

Yes, the driving distance between Darwin to Townsville is 2503 km. It takes approximately 25h 25m to drive from Darwin to Townsville.

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Airnorth, Jetstar and Qantas offer flights from Darwin Airport to Townsville Airport.

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There are 245+ hotels available in Townsville. Prices start at $76 USD per night.

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