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

$292 - $569

Bus, train  •  2 days 4 h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Central Station
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Townsville

$321 - $487

Bus  •  2 days 6 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

$245 - $403

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 - $450 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 - $450 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 6 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 $400 - $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 - $450. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $400 - $800 and takes 44 h 43 min, you could also bus, which costs $330 - $550 and takes 2 days 6 h.

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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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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, 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 44 h 43 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 14 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 7 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 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
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
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 8 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $170
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $80
First
$85 - $110
Sleeper
$150 - $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 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $140
1st Class
$120 - $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
$255
B-Quick
$141
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 Melbourne to Central Station
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$75 - $110
Flexifare
$95 - $130
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
16 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$80 - $120
Flexifare
$100 - $140
Bus from Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
23 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$140 - $210
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Townsville
Ave. Duration
23 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $210
Schedules at
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 - $200
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
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

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