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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

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

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Night train, train

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

Train

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

Bus

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

Bus via Campbellfield

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

Drive

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Townsville

Melbourne to Townsville by night train and train

The journey time between Melbourne and Townsville is around 45h 14m and covers a distance of around 3240 km. This includes an average layover time of around 2h. Operated by XPT, NSW TrainLink and Queensland Rail Travel, the Melbourne to Townsville service departs from Southern Cross and arrives in Townsville. Typically five services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

5 Weekly Services
45h 14m Average Duration
$313 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Townsville is to fly which costs $150 - $410 and takes 4h 36m.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Townsville is to fly which costs $150 - $410 and takes 4h 36m.

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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, King George Square, 1E and Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 7h.

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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 2462.8 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 $310 - $750.

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It takes approximately 4h 36m to get from Melbourne to Townsville, including transfers.

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Melbourne to Townsville bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, 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 36m and costs $150 - $410. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $310 - $750 and takes 45h 22m, you could also bus, which costs $320 - $950 and takes 2 days 7h.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Townsville.
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  • Distance: 2070.1 km
  • Duration: 4h 36m

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

Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia 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
$210 - $700
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Cairns
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $850
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $600
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
Website
XPT
Economy
$75 - $100
First
$100 - $140
Sleeper
$210 - $250
NSW TrainLink
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14h 12m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Website
NSW TrainLink Train
Economy
$95 - $140
First Class
$130 - $200
Queensland Rail Travel
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, 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 Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
12h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $250
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$130 - $200
Advantage
$150 - $230
Premium
$170 - $250
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$140 - $210
Advantage
$170 - $250
Premium
$180 - $270
Bus from Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
23h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$220 - $420
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$220 - $330
Advantage
$270 - $390
Premium
$280 - $420
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
11h 35m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $65
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Campbellfield to Sydney
Ave. Duration
11h 10m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $65
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61244235233 (call 13 34 10 within Australia)
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
23h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $220
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $120
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 2463 km. It takes approximately 29h 20m to drive from Melbourne to Townsville.

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

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There are 288+ 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 30 min and costs $18.

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