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There are 4 ways to get from Townsville to Airlie Beach by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  3h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach Gx414 / ...

$22 - $150

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Train  •  4h 49m

  1. Take the train from Townsville to Proserpine Spirit of Queensland

$35 - $49

Drive  •  3h 55m

  1. Drive from Townsville to Airlie Beach 174 miles

$24 - $40

Fly, bus  •  5h 4m

  1. Fly from Townsville (TSV) to Mackay (MKY) TSV - MKY
  2. Take the bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach

$211 - $754

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The cheapest way to get from Townsville to Airlie Beach is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 3h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Townsville to Airlie Beach is to bus which costs $30 - $210 and takes 3h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Townsville and arriving at Airlie Beach. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 30m.

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The distance between Townsville and Airlie Beach is 229 km. The road distance is 278.5 km.

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The best way to get from Townsville to Airlie Beach without a car is to bus which takes 3h 30m and costs $30 - $210.

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The bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 3h 30m including transfers and departs five times a day.

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

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The best way to get from Townsville to Airlie Beach is to bus which takes 3h 30m and costs $30 - $210. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $45 - $70 and takes 4h 49m.

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The quickest flight from Townsville Airport to Mackay Airport is the direct flight which takes 50m.

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

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Map of how to get from Townsville to Airlie Beach.
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  • Distance: 143.2 miles
  • Duration: 3h 30m

What companies run services between Townsville, QLD, Australia and Airlie Beach, QLD, Australia?

Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach 4 times a day. Tickets cost $22 - $150 and the journey takes 3h 30m. Premier Motor Service also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Townsville to Airlie Beach once daily. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 3h 7m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Townsville to Mackay
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Townsville to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
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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 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 Townsville to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $150
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$22 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $45
Bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $28
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$12 - $18
Flexifare
$20 - $28
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $23
Website
Premier Motor Service

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Yes, the driving distance between Townsville to Airlie Beach is 278 km. It takes approximately 3h 55m to drive from Townsville to Airlie Beach.

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Qantas offers flights from Townsville Airport to Mackay Airport.

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There are 204+ hotels available in Airlie Beach. Prices start at $81 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Townsville to Townsville Airport is to line 205 bus which takes 4m and costs .

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