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There are 6 ways to get from Melbourne to Townsville by plane, night train, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  4h 27m

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

$154 - $1,137

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Night train, train  •  45h 14m

  1. Take the night 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

$308 - $763

Train  •  45h 22m

  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

$308 - $763

Bus  •  2 days 2h

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

$245 - $600

Bus via Aspley  •  2 days 3h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Sydney
  2. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane
  3. Take the bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Townsville

$258 - $526

Drive  •  29h 46m

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Townsville 2584.1 km

$330 - $480

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Townsville is to drive which costs $330 - $480 and takes 29h 46m.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Townsville is to fly which costs $150 - $1,200 and takes 4h 27m.

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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 2h.

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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 45h 14m.

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The distance between Melbourne and Townsville is 2070 km. The road distance is 2584.1 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Townsville without a car is to night train and train which takes 45h 14m and costs $300 - $800.

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It takes approximately 4h 27m 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 4h 27m and costs $150 - $1,200. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $300 - $800 and takes 45h 22m, you could also bus, which costs $240 - $600 and takes 2 days 2h.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Townsville.
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  • Distance: 2070.1 km
  • Duration: 4h 27m

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 45h 22m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $310
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Toowoomba
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$550 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $900
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 33m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $310
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $310
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $310
Airnorth
Website
flyairnorth.com
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Toowoomba
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$550 - $650
Train operators
XPT
Phone
132 232
Website
transportnsw.info
Night train from Southern Cross to Central Station
Ave. Duration
11h 9m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $250
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XPT bookings
Economy
$75 - $100
First
$100 - $140
Sleeper
$210 - $250
Transport NSW

Transport for NSW manages public transport for Australia’s New South Wales region, including metro, train, bus, ferry, light rail and coach. Hubs include Sydney, Byron Bay, Newcastle and Wollongong. Use an Opal card for cheapest fares in greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, the Hunter and the Illawarra. Tickets for regional train and bus services need to be booked before travel (Opal cards are not accepted).

Contact Details
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14h 12m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$90 - $170
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$90 - $120
First Class
$120 - $170
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
17h 53m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $350
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Queensland Rail Travel
Economy-B-Quick fare
$140 - $200
Economy-A-Choice Fare
$200 - $290
A-Choice
$350
B-Quick
$192
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
11h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $70
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, although service is limited in Western Australia with just a single route to Broome. Buses are equipped for long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers, reclining seats and an onboard bathroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
13h 40m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$120 - $160
Premium
$150 - $210
Advantage
$160 - $190
Bus from Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
23h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$180 - $320
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$180 - $230
Premium
$230 - $320
Advantage
$240 - $290
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
23h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $220
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Townsville
Ave. Duration
23h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $220
Website
Premier Motor Service

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

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

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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 2584 km. It takes approximately 29h 46m 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 347+ hotels available in Townsville. Prices start at $150 AUD per night.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Melbourne Airport is to bus which takes 21 min and costs $18.

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