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

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Fly  •  4 h 58 min

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

$112 - $302

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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

$221 - $380

Bus, train  •  35 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Townsville Spirit of Queensland

$232 - $383

Bus  •  42 h

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

$222 - $333

Drive  •  24 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Sydney to Townsville 1292 miles

$180 - $270

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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 Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 42 h.

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

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The best way to get from Sydney to Townsville without a car is to train which takes 32 h 35 min and costs .

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

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Sydney to Townsville bus services, operated by Premier Motor Service, depart from Sydney station.

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Sydney to Townsville train services, operated by Transport NSW, arrive at Central Station.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Townsville is to fly which takes 4 h 58 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 32 h 35 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 42 h.

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Townsville Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 45 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Townsville.
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  • Distance: 1050.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 58 min

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

Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas 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
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 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
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 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Townsville via Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
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
$90 - $130
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
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
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $140
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
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 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

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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 24 h 21 min 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 227+ hotels available in Townsville. Prices start at $78 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Sydney Airport is to train which takes 23 min and costs .

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