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There are 5 ways to get from Townsville to Hamilton Island by bus, ferry, train, plane or bus and ferry

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

Bus, ferry  •  6h 11m

  1. Take the bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach Gx410
  2. Take the ferry from Port of Airlie to Hamilton Island Marina

$104 - $163

4 alternative options

Train, ferry  •  6h 39m

  1. Take the train from Townsville to Proserpine Brisbain
  2. Take the ferry from Shute Harbour to Hamilton Island Marina

$113 - $131

Bus, ferry via Bowen  •  7h 21m

  1. Take the bus from Townsville to Bowen
  2. Take the bus from Bowen to Airlie Beach
  3. Take the ferry from Port of Airlie to Hamilton Island Marina

$118 - $164

Fly to Hamilton Island  •  4h 41m

  1. Fly from Townsville (TSV) to Hamilton Island (HTI) TSV - HTI

$516 - $669

Fly to Proserpine, bus and ferry  •  7h 11m

  1. Fly from Townsville (TSV) to Proserpine (PPP) TSV - PPP
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Proserpine Airport to Hamilton Island Marina

$359 - $652

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Townsville to Hamilton Island is to bus and ferry which costs $100 - $170 and takes 6h 11m.

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The quickest way to get from Townsville to Hamilton Island is to fly which costs $500 - $700 and takes 4h 41m.

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The distance between Townsville and Hamilton Island is 255 km.

The best way to get from Townsville to Hamilton Island without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 6h 11m and costs $100 - $170.

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It takes approximately 6h 11m to get from Townsville to Hamilton Island, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Townsville Airport to Hamilton Island Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 35m and has one stopover.

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Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Townsville Airport to Hamilton Island Airport.

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There are 118+ hotels available in Hamilton Island. Prices start at $389 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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Map of how to get from Townsville to Hamilton Island.
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  • Distance: 159.6 miles
  • Duration: 6h 11m

What companies run services between Townsville, QLD, Australia and Hamilton Island, QLD, Australia?

Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar fly from Townsville to Hamilton Island every 4 hours.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Townsville to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$440 - $1,300
Flights from Townsville to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 49m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$350 - $900
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Townsville to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$440 - $1,300
Flights from Townsville to Hamilton Island via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$500 - $650
Flights from Townsville to Proserpine via Mackay, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $550
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Townsville to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $550
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
5 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $70
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Queensland Rail Travel
Bus operators
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
$40 - $55
Website
Premier Motor Service
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
4h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early bird
$40 - $55
Advantage
$55 - $75
Premium
$60 - $110
Bus from Townsville to Bowen
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $75
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early bird
$35 - $45
Advantage
$40 - $55
Premium
$45 - $75
Bus from Bowen to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early bird
$21 - $28
Advantage
$20 - $24
Premium
$26 - $29
Cruise Whitsundays
Phone
+61 07 4846 7000
Email
reservations@cruisewhitsundays.com
Website
cruisewhitsundays.com
Bus and ferry from Proserpine Airport to Hamilton Island Marina
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$83
Schedules at
cruisewhitsundays.com
Ferry operators
Cruise Whitsundays
Phone
+61 07 4846 7000
Email
reservations@cruisewhitsundays.com
Website
cruisewhitsundays.com
Ferry from Port of Airlie to Hamilton Island Marina
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$62
Schedules at
cruisewhitsundays.com
Ferry from Shute Harbour to Hamilton Island Marina
Ave. Duration
35m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$62
Schedules at
cruisewhitsundays.com

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