There are 4 ways to get from Darwin 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.

Recommended option

Fly  •  6 h 8 min

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

$165 - $345

3 alternative options

Bus  •  34 h 15 min

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

$216 - $374

Train, bus  •  2 days 10 h

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

$559 - $1,083

Drive  •  25 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Darwin to Townsville 1564.4 miles

$220 - $330

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 in around 34 h 15 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Darwin to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Darwin to Townsville via Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $340
Airnorth
Website
flyairnorth.com
Flights from Darwin to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Train operators
Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Darwin to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
23 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$330 - $700
Schedules at
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$337
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$619
Low Gold Single Cabin
$682
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$808
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
13 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Darwin to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
14 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$85 - $130
Flexifare
$100 - $150
Bus from Tennant Creek to Townsville
Ave. Duration
19 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $230
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$160 - $220
Bus from Alice Springs to Julia Creek
Ave. Duration
17 h 40 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $230
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$140 - $210

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Darwin and Townsville is 1866 km. The road distance is 2503 km.

The cheapest way to get from Darwin to Townsville is to fly which costs $210 - $460 and takes 6 h 8 min.

The quickest way to get from Darwin to Townsville is to fly which takes 6 h 8 min and costs $210 - $460.

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 34 h 15 min.

It takes approximately 6 h 8 min to get from Darwin to Townsville, including transfers.