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

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Train  •  4 h 42 min

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

$45 - $65

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Bus  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Townsville to Mackay Gx411 / ...

$35 - $65

2 alternative options

Drive  •  5 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Townsville to Mackay 244.5 miles

$35 - $55

Fly  •  3 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Townsville (TSV) to Mackay (MKY) TSV - MKY

$188 - $713

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The cheapest way to get from Townsville to Mackay is to drive which costs $45 - $75 and takes 5 h 27 min.

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The quickest way to get from Townsville to Mackay is to fly which costs $260 - $1,000 and takes 3 h 8 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Townsville and arriving at Mackay. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Townsville and arriving at Mackay. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 42 min.

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The distance between Townsville and Mackay is 324 km. The road distance is 391.2 km.

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The best way to get from Townsville to Mackay without a car is to train which takes 4 h 42 min and costs $65 - $95.

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The train from Townsville to Mackay takes 4 h 42 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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

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

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The best way to get from Townsville to Mackay is to train which takes 4 h 42 min and costs $65 - $95. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $50 - $90 and takes 6 h 40 min, you could also fly, which costs $260 - $1,000 and takes 3 h 8 min.

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Map of how to get from Townsville to Mackay.
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  • Distance: 202.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 42 min

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

Queensland Rail Travel operates a train from Townsville to Mackay once daily. Tickets cost $45 - $65 and the journey takes 4 h 42 min. Alternatively, Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Townsville to Mackay twice daily. Tickets cost $35 - $65 and the journey takes 6 h 40 min. Premier Motor Service also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Townsville to Mackay
Ave. Duration
50 min
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 Mackay
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
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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 Mackay
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $65
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$35 - $50
Flexifare
$45 - $65
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Mackay
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
premierms.com.au

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

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Townsville to Mackay is 391 km. It takes approximately 5 h 27 min to drive from Townsville to Mackay.

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Qantas offers flights from Townsville Airport to Mackay Airport.

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There are 74+ hotels available in Mackay. Prices start at $62 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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