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

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Fly

  1. Fly from Perth (PER) to Townsville (TSV)

Train

  1. Take the train from Perth to Mount Victoria
  2. Take the train from Mount Victoria Station to Strathfield Station
  3. Take the train from Strathfield Station to Brisbane
  4. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Townsville

Train, bus via Mount Victoria

  1. Take the train from Perth to Mount Victoria
  2. Take the bus from Katoomba to Sydney
  3. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane
  4. Take the bus from Brisbane to Townsville

Train, bus

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

Train, Great Southern Rail Line

  1. Take the train from Perth to Adelaide Parklands
  2. Take the Great Southern Rail Line from Adelaide to Brisbane
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Townsville

Drive

  1. Drive from Perth to Townsville

Perth to Townsville by train

The train journey time between Perth and Townsville is around 8 days 21h and covers a distance of around 6618 km. This includes an average layover time of around 4 days 15h. The fastest train normally takes 8 days 21h. Services are operated by Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific, Transport NSW, NSW TrainLink and others. Typically only one train runs weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average train journey times

Time on train:
4 days 6h
Layover time:
4 days 15h
Total time:
8 days 21h

Train route information

Fastest train time:
8 days 21h
Train distance:
6618 km
Trains per week:
1
Cheapest price:
$1,154
Carbon emissions:
349 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
10:00
Last train departs at:
10:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Perth to Townsville train schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Perth to Townsville is to fly which costs $380 - $900 and takes 8h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Perth to Townsville is to fly which costs $380 - $900 and takes 8h 50m.

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No, there is no direct train from Perth to Townsville. However, there are services departing from Perth and arriving at Townsville via Mount Victoria Station, Strathfield Station and Brisbane Roma Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 days 8h.

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It is 3392 km from Perth to Townsville. It is approximately 4905.7 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Perth to Townsville without a car is to train which takes 4 days 8h and costs $1,100 - $2,700.

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It takes approximately 8h 50m to get from Perth to Townsville, including transfers.

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Perth to Townsville train services, operated by Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific, depart from Perth station.

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The best way to get from Perth to Townsville is to fly which takes 8h 50m and costs $380 - $900. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $1,100 - $2,700 and takes 4 days 8h.

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There is no direct flight from Perth Airport to Townsville Airport. The quickest flight takes 7h 5m and has one stopover.

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Townsville is 2h ahead of Perth. It is currently 3:47 PM in Perth and 5:47 PM in Townsville.

Map of how to get from Perth to Townsville.
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  • Distance: 3392 km
  • Duration: 8h 50m

What companies run services between Perth, WA, Australia and Townsville, QLD, Australia?

Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia fly from Perth to Townsville every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Perth to Townsville via Mount Victoria Station, Strathfield Station, Brisbane, and Brisbane Roma Street in around 4 days 8h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Perth to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $2,100
Flights from Perth to Townsville via Cairns
Ave. Duration
11h 50m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,800
Flights from Perth to Townsville via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
10h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,800
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Perth to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,800
Flights from Perth to Townsville via Adelaide, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
13h 45m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$400 - $2,100
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Perth to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
10h 45m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,800
Train operators
Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Perth to Mount Victoria
Ave. Duration
2 days 20h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$900 - $2,200
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Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$917
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,500 - $2,100
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,600 - $2,200
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,900 - $2,600
Train from Perth to Central Station
Ave. Duration
3 days 3h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$900 - $2,300
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Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$943
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,600 - $2,100
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,700 - $2,300
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$2,000 - $2,700
Train from Perth to Adelaide Parklands
Ave. Duration
43h 50m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$600 - $1,400
Book at
Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$598
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,000 - $1,400
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,000 - $1,400
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,200 - $1,700
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 Mount Victoria Station to Strathfield Station
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
Transport NSW
Opal card
$7 - $10
Opal single trip ticket
$9 - $12
NSW TrainLink
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Strathfield Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14h 1m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Website
NSW TrainLink Train
Economy
$90 - $140
First Class
$130 - $190
Queensland Rail Travel
Great Southern
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Adelaide to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
2 days 8h
Frequency
Once a week
Book at
Great Southern
Bus operators
Australia Wide Coaches
Phone
02 9516 1300
Email
info@austwidecoaches.com.au
Website
austwidecoaches.com.au
Bus from Katoomba to Sydney
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
austwidecoaches.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
16h 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
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
17h 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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More Questions & Answers

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Perth to Townsville is 4906 km. It takes approximately 2 days 5h to drive from Perth to Townsville.

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

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There are 188+ hotels available in Townsville. Prices start at $125 AUD per night.

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The best way to get from Perth to Perth Airport is to bus which takes 39 min and costs $5 - $14.

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