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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  •  5h 34m

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

$402 - $875

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Bus  •  34h 18m

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

$321 - $545

2 alternative options

Bus, train  •  45h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Darwin to Tennant Creek
  2. Take the bus from Tennant Creek to Barkly Homestead
  3. Take the bus from Barkly Homestead to Mount Isa
  4. Take the train from Mount Isa station to Townsville station

$336 - $605

Drive  •  25h 19m

  1. Drive from Darwin to Townsville 2503.1 km

$320 - $470

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The cheapest way to get from Darwin to Townsville is to drive which costs $320 - $470 and takes 25h 19m.

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The quickest way to get from Darwin to Townsville is to fly which costs $400 - $900 and takes 5h 34m.

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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 18m.

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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 18m and costs $320 - $550.

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It takes approximately 5h 34m 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 5h 34m and costs $400 - $900. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $320 - $550 and takes 34h 18m.

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The quickest flight from Darwin Airport to Townsville Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 40m.

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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: 1866.1 km
  • Duration: 5h 34m

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

Airnorth, Jetstar and Qantas fly from Darwin to Townsville once daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Darwin to Townsville via Tennant Creek and Tennant Creek in around 34h 18m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Darwin to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $700
Flights from Darwin to Townsville via Cairns
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Airnorth
Website
flyairnorth.com
Flights from Darwin to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $700
Train operators
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, although service is limited in Western Australia with just a single route to Broome. Buses are equipped for long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers, reclining seats and an onboard bathroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Darwin to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
14h 10m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $220
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Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$130 - $160
Premium
$160 - $220
Advantage
$170 - $200
Bus from Tennant Creek to Townsville
Ave. Duration
19h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$190 - $330
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Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$190 - $240
Premium
$240 - $330
Advantage
$260 - $310
Bus from Tennant Creek to Barkly Homestead
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$40 - $55
Premium
$45 - $60
Advantage
$45 - $55
Bus from Barkly Homestead to Mount Isa
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$65 - $110
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$65 - $85
Premium
$80 - $110
Advantage
$80 - $100

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Townsville is 30 min ahead of Darwin. It is currently 1:20 PM in Darwin and 1:50 PM in Townsville.

Yes, the driving distance between Darwin to Townsville is 2503 km. It takes approximately 25h 19m 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 344+ hotels available in Townsville. Prices start at $150 AUD per night.

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