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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly  •  5 h 32 min

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

$218 - $556

Cheapest option

Bus  •  16 h 5 min

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

$90 - $199

2 alternative options

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

$125 - $178

Drive  •  7 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Townsville to Emerald 383.3 miles

$50 - $80

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

Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar fly from Townsville to Emerald every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Townsville to Emerald via Rockhampton in around 15 h 26 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Townsville to Emerald via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 33 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
9 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $750
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Townsville to Emerald via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 46 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
5 times a week
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Rockhampton to Emerald
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
11 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$65 - $95
Flexifare
$80 - $120
Bus from Rockhampton to Emerald station
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $85
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$23 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $50

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Townsville to Emerald?

The distance between Townsville and Emerald is 494 km. The road distance is 613 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Townsville to Emerald?

The cheapest way to get from Townsville to Emerald is to drive which costs $70 - $110 and takes 7 h 23 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Townsville to Emerald?

The quickest way to get from Townsville to Emerald is to fly which takes 5 h 32 min and costs $280 - $750.

Is there a direct train between Townsville and Emerald?

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.

Is there a direct bus between Townsville and Emerald?

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

How long does it take to get from Townsville to Emerald?

It takes approximately 5 h 32 min to get from Townsville to Emerald, including transfers.