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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train, fly  •  6 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
  2. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Townsville (TSV) BNE - TSV

$97 - $266

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Train  •  20 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Roma Street, platform 6 Vlbd / ...
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Townsville Spirit of Queensland

$139 - $263

Bus  •  25 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane Roma Street Gx241 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Townsville Gx443 / ...

$126 - $218

Train, bus  •  27 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Roma Street, platform 6 Vlbd / ...
  2. Take the bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Townsville

$162 - $220

Drive  •  18 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Surfers Paradise to Townsville 966.6 miles

$130 - $200

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The cheapest way to get from Surfers Paradise to Townsville is to bus which costs $170 - $310 and takes 25 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Surfers Paradise to Townsville is to train and fly which costs $130 - $380 and takes 6 h 16 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Surfers Paradise to Townsville. However, there are services departing from Surfers Paradise and arriving at Townsville via Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 25 h 10 min.

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The distance between Surfers Paradise and Townsville is 1182 km. The road distance is 1546.6 km.

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The best way to get from Surfers Paradise to Townsville without a car is to train which takes 20 h 20 min and costs $190 - $370.

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It takes approximately 6 h 16 min to get from Surfers Paradise to Townsville, including transfers.

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Surfers Paradise to Townsville bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Surfers Paradise station.

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The best way to get from Surfers Paradise to Townsville is to train which takes 20 h 20 min and costs $190 - $370. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $170 - $310 and takes 25 h 10 min.

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The quickest flight from Brisbane Airport to Townsville Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 55 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Surfers Paradise to Townsville.
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  • Distance: 738.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 16 min

What companies run services between Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia and Townsville, QLD, Australia?

You can take a train from Surfers Paradise to Townsville via Helensvale, platform 4, Helensvale, platform 2, Roma Street, platform 6, and Brisbane Roma Street in around 20 h 20 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Surfers Paradise to Townsville via Brisbane Roma Street and Brisbane in around 25 h 10 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Brisbane to Townsville via Mackay
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $490
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $450
Train operators
TRANSLink QLD
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $22
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$14 - $19
Standard
$16 - $22
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Roma Street, platform 6
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
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
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 Surfers Paradise to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $19
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$6 - $9
Flexifare
$13 - $19
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
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
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

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Yes, the driving distance between Surfers Paradise to Townsville is 1547 km. It takes approximately 18 h 13 min to drive from Surfers Paradise to Townsville.

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

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There are 227+ hotels available in Townsville. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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