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

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Fly  •  4h 18m

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Townsville (TSV) SYD - TSV

$194 - $337

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Train  •  33h 5m

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Townsville Spirit of Queensland

$208 - $445

Bus  •  41h 18m

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Gx244
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Townsville Gx443 / ...

$266 - $689

Bus via Aspley  •  42h 51m

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Pm12
  2. Take the bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Townsville Pm16

$209 - $366

Drive  •  24h 15m

  1. Drive from Sydney to Townsville 2066.7 km

$230 - $340

Sydney to Townsville by train

The train journey time between Sydney and Townsville is around 42h 56m and covers a distance of around 2302 km. The fastest train normally takes 42h 54m. Operated by NSW TrainLink and Queensland Rail Travel, the Sydney to Townsville train service departs from Central Station and arrives in Townsville. Typically three trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
42h 56m
Fastest train time:
42h 54m
Trains per week:
3
Cheapest price:
$208
Carbon emissions:
121 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
14:41
Last train departs at:
14:44

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Sydney to Townsville train schedules

Sydney → Townsville
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Townsville is 1800 020 080.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Townsville is subject to regional advice.

The social distance requirement in Townsville is 1.5 metres.

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Last updated: 13 Jun 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Townsville is to fly which costs $190 - $340 and takes 4h 18m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Townsville is to fly which costs $190 - $340 and takes 4h 18m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sydney to Townsville. However, there are services departing from Sydney and arriving at Townsville via King George Square, 1E and Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 41h 18m.

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No, there is no direct train from Sydney station to Townsville. However, there are services departing from Central Station and arriving at Townsville via Brisbane Roma Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33h 5m.

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The distance between Sydney and Townsville is 1681 km. The road distance is 2066.7 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Townsville without a car is to train which takes 33h 5m and costs $200 - $450.

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It takes approximately 4h 18m to get from Sydney to Townsville, including transfers.

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

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Sydney to Townsville train services, operated by NSW TrainLink, depart from Central Station.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Townsville is to fly which takes 4h 18m and costs $190 - $340. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $200 - $450 and takes 33h 5m, you could also bus, which costs $260 - $700 and takes 41h 18m.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Townsville.
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  • Distance: 1680.7 km
  • Duration: 4h 18m

What companies run services between Sydney, NSW, Australia and Townsville, QLD, Australia?

Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia fly from Sydney to Townsville hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Sydney to Townsville via Brisbane and Brisbane Roma Street in around 33h 5m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Townsville via Cairns
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $500
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Train operators
NSW TrainLink
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $100
Website
NSW TrainLink Train
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 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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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Townsville Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 50m.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Sydney to Townsville is 2067 km. It takes approximately 24h 15m to drive from Sydney to Townsville.

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

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There are 190+ hotels available in Townsville. Prices start at $125 AUD per night.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Sydney Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs $18.

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