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

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Train  •  15 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Townsville to Rockhampton Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the train from Rockhampton to Emerald Spirit of the Outback

$119 - $165

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Bus  •  16 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Townsville to Rockhampton Gx411 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Rockhampton to Emerald station Gx475 / ...

$85 - $187

2 alternative options

Drive  •  7 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Townsville to Emerald 383.3 miles

$50 - $80

Fly  •  5 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Townsville (TSV) to Emerald (EMD) TSV - EMD

$217 - $555

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No, there is no direct bus from Townsville to Emerald station. However, there are services departing from Townsville and arriving at Emerald station via Rockhampton. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 5 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Townsville to Emerald. However, there are services departing from Townsville and arriving at Emerald via Rockhampton. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 26 min.

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The distance between Townsville and Emerald is 494 km. The road distance is 613.3 km.

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The best way to get from Townsville to Emerald without a car is to train which takes 15 h 26 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 15 h 26 min to get from Townsville to Emerald, including transfers.

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

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Townsville to Emerald train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, depart from Townsville station.

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The best way to get from Townsville to Emerald is to train which takes 15 h 26 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 16 h 5 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 5 h 57 min.

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There is no direct flight from Townsville Airport to Emerald Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 5 min and has one stopover.

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

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Map of how to get from Townsville to Emerald.
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  • Distance: 308.8 miles
  • Duration: 15 h 26 min

What companies run services between Townsville, QLD, Australia and Emerald, QLD, Australia?

You can take a train from Townsville to Emerald via Rockhampton in around 15 h 26 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Townsville to Emerald via Rockhampton in around 16 h 5 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Townsville to Emerald via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from Townsville to Emerald via Mackay, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from Townsville to Emerald via Cairns, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$260 - $750
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Townsville to Emerald via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 56 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Townsville to Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
9 h 36 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $120
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Queensland Rail Travel
Train from Rockhampton to Emerald
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $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 Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
11 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $110
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$60 - $90
Flexifare
$75 - $110
Bus from Rockhampton to Emerald station
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $80
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$22 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $45
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Rockhampton George Street
Ave. Duration
10 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $100
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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Townsville to Emerald train services, operated by Queensland Rail Travel, arrive at Emerald station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Townsville to Emerald is 613 km. It takes approximately 7 h 23 min to drive from Townsville to Emerald.

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Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Townsville Airport to Emerald Airport.

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There are 21+ hotels available in Emerald. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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

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