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There are 5 ways to get from Melbourne to Townsville by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  5 h 10 min

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

$153 - $323

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Train  •  44 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Central Station 622 / ...
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Townsville

$280 - $545

Bus  •  2 days 5 h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Sydney
  2. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Townsville

$243 - $391

Train, bus  •  2 days 8 h

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Wodonga
  2. Take the bus from Wodonga to Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave
  3. Take the bus from Canberra to Sydney
  4. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
  5. Take the bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Townsville

$304 - $454

Drive  •  29 h 51 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Townsville 1607.8 miles

$220 - $340

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Townsville is to fly which costs $210 - $460 and takes 5 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Townsville is to fly which costs $210 - $460 and takes 5 h 10 min.

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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 Sydney and Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 5 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 44 h 43 min.

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The distance between Melbourne and Townsville is 2070 km. The road distance is 2572.4 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Townsville without a car is to train which takes 44 h 43 min and costs $390 - $800.

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

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Melbourne to Townsville bus services, operated by Firefly Express, depart from Melbourne station.

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Melbourne to Townsville train services, operated by XPT, depart from Southern Cross station.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Townsville is to fly which takes 5 h 10 min and costs $210 - $460. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $390 - $800 and takes 44 h 43 min, you could also bus, which costs $340 - $550 and takes 2 days 5 h.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Townsville.
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  • Distance: 1293.8 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 10 min

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

Jetstar, Airnorth and two 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 44 h 43 min.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
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 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $650
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
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Airnorth
Website
flyairnorth.com
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Toowoomba
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Train operators
XPT
Phone
132 232
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Central Station
Ave. Duration
11 h 8 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $170
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $80
First
$80 - $110
Sleeper
$140 - $170
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
$90 - $130
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
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
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $250
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$249
B-Quick
$137
V-Line

V/Line is the largest provider of passenger rail and coach services in regional Victoria, Australia. Train and coach services cater to destinations across regional areas from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne city. Myki is used for travel to and from V/Line stations located between Melbourne and Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour, while paper tickets must be used on long distance services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have meal trays, larger reclining seats with more leg room, and approximately 52 seats in each carriage, compared to 88 in Economy Class.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Train from Southern Cross to Wodonga
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
11 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
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 Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
16 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$80 - $120
Flexifare
$95 - $140
Bus from Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
23 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$120 - $200
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $170
Flexifare
$140 - $200
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $130
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
23 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $190
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Townsville
Ave. Duration
23 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $200
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
V-Line

V/Line is the largest provider of passenger rail and coach services in regional Victoria, Australia. Train and coach services cater to destinations across regional areas from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne city. Myki is used for travel to and from V/Line stations located between Melbourne and Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour, while paper tickets must be used on long distance services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have meal trays, larger reclining seats with more leg room, and approximately 52 seats in each carriage, compared to 88 in Economy Class.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Bus from Wodonga to Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Murrays Coaches
Phone
(61) 13 22 51
Email
reservations@murrays.com.au
Website
murrays.com.au
Bus from Canberra to Sydney
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Book at
Murrays Coaches

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More Questions & Answers

The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Townsville Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h.

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

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Townsville is 1 h behind Melbourne. It is currently 3:51 PM in Melbourne and 2:51 PM in Townsville.

Melbourne to Townsville train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Townsville station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Townsville is 2572 km. It takes approximately 29 h 51 min to drive from Melbourne to Townsville.

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Airnorth, Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Townsville Airport.

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There are 239+ hotels available in Townsville. Prices start at $78 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Melbourne Airport is to bus which takes 20 min and costs $18.

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