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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

$174 - $1,937

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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

$230 - $511

Bus  •  37h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Gx241 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Townsville Gx443 / ...

$189 - $523

Bus via Albany Creek  •  44h 50m

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

$211 - $388

Drive  •  24h 21m

  1. Drive from Sydney to Townsville 2067.1 km

$260 - $390

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The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Townsville is to drive which costs $260 - $390 and takes 24h 21m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Townsville is to fly which costs $170 - $2,000 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 Brisbane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 37h 50m.

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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 2067.1 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 $230 - $550.

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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 Transport NSW, 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 $170 - $2,000. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $230 - $550 and takes 33h 5m, you could also bus, which costs $180 - $550 and takes 37h 50m.

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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?

Virgin Australia, Jetstar 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 33h 5m.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $390
Flights from Sydney to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $410
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Sydney to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Townsville
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Sydney to Townsville via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Train operators
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 Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14h 12m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$90 - $170
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Transport NSW
Economy
$90 - $120
First Class
$120 - $170
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
17h 53m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $350
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Queensland Rail Travel
Economy-B-Quick fare
$140 - $200
Economy-A-Choice Fare
$200 - $290
A-Choice
$350
B-Quick
$192
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
13h 40m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$120 - $160
Premium
$150 - $210
Advantage
$160 - $190
Bus from Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
23h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$180 - $320
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$180 - $230
Premium
$230 - $320
Advantage
$240 - $290
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Townsville
Ave. Duration
23h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $220
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 15m
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 21m 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 344+ hotels available in Townsville. Prices start at $150 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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