There are 5 ways to get from Melbourne to Townsville by plane, train, bus 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  •  5 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Townsville (TSV) MEL - TSV

$153 - $323

4 alternative options

Train  •  45 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Central Station 624 / ...
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Townsville

$298 - $573

Bus, train  •  45 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Sydney
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Townsville

$281 - $454

Bus  •  2 days 12 h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Adelaide
  2. Take the bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
  3. Take the bus from Alice Springs to Townsville

$344 - $561

Drive  •  29 h 51 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Townsville 1607.8 miles

$220 - $340

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Townsville is to fly which costs $200 - $440 and takes 5 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Townsville is to fly which takes 5 h 10 min and costs $200 - $440.

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The distance between Melbourne and Townsville is 2070 km. The road distance is 2572 km.

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It takes approximately 5 h 10 min to get from Melbourne to Townsville, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Townsville. However, there are services departing from Melbourne and arriving at Townsville via Adelaide and Alice Springs. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 12 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Melbourne to Townsville. However, there are services departing from Southern Cross and arriving at Townsville via Central Station and Brisbane Roma Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 45 h 4 min.

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What companies run services between Melbourne, VIC, Australia and Townsville, QLD, Australia?

Jetstar, Tigerair Australia and three other airlines fly from Melbourne to Townsville hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Melbourne to Townsville via Central Station, Brisbane, and Brisbane Roma Street in around 45 h 4 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Toowoomba
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $240
Airnorth
Website
flyairnorth.com
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Toowoomba
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Train operators
XPT
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Central Station
Ave. Duration
11 h 29 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $180
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $80
First
$85 - $120
Sleeper
$150 - $180
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$95 - $140
1st Class
$130 - $190
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Townsville
Ave. Duration
17 h 23 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $260
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$260
B-Quick
$143
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
11 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$150 - $220
Bus from Alice Springs to Townsville
Ave. Duration
25 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$170 - $290
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$170 - $250
Flexifare
$200 - $290

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