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

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Fly  •  6 h 8 min

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

$165 - $345

3 alternative options

Bus  •  34 h 50 min

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

$213 - $359

Bus, train  •  41 h 10 min

  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

$238 - $389

Drive  •  25 h 25 min

  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 $220 - $480 and takes 6 h 8 min.

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The quickest way to get from Darwin to Townsville is to fly which costs $220 - $480 and takes 6 h 8 min.

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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 34 h 50 min.

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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 34 h 50 min and costs $290 - $500.

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It takes approximately 6 h 8 min 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 6 h 8 min and costs $220 - $480. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $290 - $500 and takes 34 h 50 min.

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

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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: 6 h 8 min

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 50 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Darwin to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Darwin to Townsville via Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $340
Airnorth
Website
flyairnorth.com
Flights from Darwin to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
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
13 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
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
14 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$80 - $120
Flexifare
$100 - $140
Bus from Tennant Creek to Townsville
Ave. Duration
19 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$150 - $220
Bus from Tennant Creek to Julia Creek
Ave. Duration
11 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$75 - $110
Flexifare
$90 - $130

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