There are 4 ways to get from Sydney to Townsville by plane, train, 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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Fly  •  4 h 58 min

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

$112 - $302

3 alternative options

Train  •  32 h 35 min

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

$235 - $396

Bus, train  •  43 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Central Station, Forecourt, Coach Bay 7 to Raymond Terrace Coach Stop, Adelaide St 100
  2. Take the train from Newcastle Interchange to Muswellbrook Station
  3. Take the bus from Muswellbrook Station, Coach Stop to Tamworth Station, Coach Stop 355
  4. Take the bus from Tamworth to Brisbane
  5. Take the bus from Brisbane to Townsville

$239 - $344

Drive  •  24 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Sydney to Townsville 1292 miles

$180 - $270

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Townsville is to fly which costs $150 - $410 and takes 4 h 58 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Townsville is to fly which costs $150 - $410 and takes 4 h 58 min.

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The distance between Sydney and Townsville is 1681 km. The road distance is 2067.1 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 58 min to get from Sydney to Townsville, including transfers.

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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 32 h 35 min.

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

Jetstar, Virgin Australia and two other airlines fly from Sydney to Townsville hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Sydney to Townsville via Brisbane and Brisbane Roma Street in around 32 h 35 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Flights from Sydney to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Townsville via Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Townsville via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $300
Train operators
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$95 - $140
1st Class
$130 - $190
Train from Newcastle Interchange to Muswellbrook Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$12 - $18
1st Class
$16 - $24
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
5 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $260
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$260
B-Quick
$143
Bus operators
Port Stephens Coaches
Website
pscoaches.com.au
Bus from Central Station, Forecourt, Coach Bay 7 to Raymond Terrace Coach Stop, Adelaide St
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
pscoaches.com.au
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Muswellbrook Station, Coach Stop to Tamworth Station, Coach Stop
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Crisps Coaches
Phone
(07) 4661 8333
Email
reservations@crisps.com.au
Website
crisps.com.au
Bus from Tamworth to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$86
Schedules at
crisps.com.au
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
23 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210

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