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There are 4 ways to get from Townsville to Alice Springs by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  7h 1m

  1. Fly from Townsville (TSV) to Alice Springs (ASP) TSV - ASP

$546 - $759

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Bus  •  26h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Townsville to Tennant Creek GX489
  2. Take the bus from Tennant Creek to Alice Springs Gx882

$252 - $748

2 alternative options

Train, bus  •  33h 45m

  1. Take the train from Townsville station to Juila Creek station
  2. Take the bus from Julia Creek to Tennant Creek
  3. Take the bus from Tennant Creek to Aileron
  4. Take the bus from Aileron to Alice Springs

$298 - $672

Drive  •  20h 59m

  1. Drive from Townsville to Alice Springs 1294.5 miles

$260 - $380

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The cheapest way to get from Townsville to Alice Springs is to drive which costs $260 - $380 and takes 20h 59m.

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The quickest way to get from Townsville to Alice Springs is to fly which costs $500 - $800 and takes 7h 1m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Townsville to Alice Springs. However, there are services departing from Townsville and arriving at Alice Springs via Tennant Creek. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 26h 50m.

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The distance between Townsville and Alice Springs is 1424 km. The road distance is 2071.2 km.

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The best way to get from Townsville to Alice Springs without a car is to bus which takes 26h 50m and costs $250 - $750.

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It takes approximately 7h 1m to get from Townsville to Alice Springs, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Townsville to Alice Springs is to fly which takes 7h 1m and costs $500 - $800. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $250 - $750 and takes 26h 50m.

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There is no direct flight from Townsville Airport to Alice Springs Airport. The quickest flight takes 7h 40m and has one stopover.

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

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Map of how to get from Townsville to Alice Springs.
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  • Distance: 890.1 miles
  • Duration: 7h 1m

What companies run services between Townsville, QLD, Australia and Alice Springs, NT, Australia?

Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar fly from Townsville to Alice Springs 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Townsville to Alice Springs via Tennant Creek in around 26h 50m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Townsville to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7h 12m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,600
Flights from Townsville to Alice Springs via Brisbane, Darwin
Ave. Duration
11h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$850 - $1,900
Flights from Townsville to Alice Springs via Cairns, Darwin
Ave. Duration
10h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$500 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Townsville to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,300
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Townsville station to Juila Creek station
Ave. Duration
13h 15m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$110 - $160
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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 Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
19h 45m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$180 - $600
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Greyhound.com.au
Early bird
$180 - $230
Advantage
$250 - $390
Premium
$270 - $600
Bus from Tennant Creek to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $190
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early bird
$65 - $85
Advantage
$85 - $130
Premium
$95 - $190
Bus from Julia Creek to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
11h 50m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$110 - $330
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early bird
$110 - $140
Advantage
$150 - $230
Premium
$160 - $330
Bus from Tennant Creek to Aileron
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early bird
$50 - $70
Advantage
$65 - $95
Premium
$75 - $140
Bus from Aileron to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early bird
$27 - $35
Advantage
$31 - $34
Premium
$35 - $50

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Alice Springs is 30m behind Townsville. It is currently 6:37 AM in Townsville and 6:07 AM in Alice Springs.

Yes, the driving distance between Townsville to Alice Springs is 2071 km. It takes approximately 20h 59m to drive from Townsville to Alice Springs.

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

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There are 27+ hotels available in Alice Springs. Prices start at $76 AUD per night.

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The best way to get from Townsville to Townsville Airport is to taxi which takes 6m and costs $15 - $19.

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