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

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Bus  •  19 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Townsville to Tennant Creek Gx489

$120 - $220

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  26 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Townsville station to Juila Creek station The Inlander
  2. Take the bus from Julia Creek to Tennant Creek Gx489

$149 - $238

Drive  •  16 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Townsville to Tennant Creek 977.1 miles

$130 - $210

Fly  •  16 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Townsville (TSV) to Tennant Creek (TCA) TSV - TCA

$280 - $310

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The cheapest way to get from Townsville to Tennant Creek is to drive which costs $190 - $290 and takes 16 h 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from Townsville to Tennant Creek is to drive which costs $190 - $290 and takes 16 h 24 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Townsville and arriving at Tennant Creek. Services depart once a week, and operate Wednesday. The journey takes approximately 19 h 45 min.

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The distance between Townsville and Tennant Creek is 1323 km. The road distance is 1563.4 km.

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The best way to get from Townsville to Tennant Creek without a car is to bus which takes 19 h 45 min and costs $170 - $300.

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The bus from Townsville to Tennant Creek takes 19 h 45 min including transfers and departs once a week.

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

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The best way to get from Townsville to Tennant Creek is to bus which takes 19 h 45 min and costs $170 - $300. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $400 - $430 and takes 16 h 56 min.

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There is no direct flight from Townsville Airport to Tennant Creek Airport. The quickest flight takes 21 h 45 min and has two stopovers.

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

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Map of how to get from Townsville to Tennant Creek.
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  • Distance: 826.9 miles
  • Duration: 19 h 45 min

What companies run services between Townsville, QLD, Australia and Tennant Creek, NT, Australia?

Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Townsville to Tennant Creek once a week. Tickets cost $120 - $220 and the journey takes 19 h 45 min. Alternatively, Qantas, Airnorth and three other airlines fly from Townsville to Tennant Creek every 2 hours.

Airlines
Airnorth
Website
flyairnorth.com
Flights from Townsville to Tennant Creek via Cairns, Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
18 h 45 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Townsville to Tennant Creek via Brisbane, Melbourne, Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
18 h 30 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $800
Flights from Townsville to Tennant Creek via Brisbane, Adelaide, Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
18 h 30 min
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$350 - $800
Flights from Townsville to Tennant Creek via Brisbane, Sydney, Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
15 h 45 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $800
Flights from Townsville to Tennant Creek via Brisbane, Ayers Rock, Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
15 h 45 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $310
Flights from Townsville to Tennant Creek via Cairns, Ayers Rock, Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
18 h 45 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$270 - $700
Flights from Townsville to Tennant Creek via Melbourne, Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
19 h
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $320
Flights from Townsville to Tennant Creek via Brisbane, Darwin, Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
21 h 35 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$410 - $850
Flights from Townsville to Tennant Creek via Brisbane, Cairns, Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
21 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$350 - $800
Flights from Townsville to Tennant Creek via Melbourne, Sydney, Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
19 h
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $390
Flights from Townsville to Tennant Creek via Melbourne, Adelaide, Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
19 h
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $330
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
13 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$75 - $110
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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
19 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$120 - $220
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210
Bus from Julia Creek to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
11 h 50 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$70 - $110
Flexifare
$90 - $130

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Tennant Creek is 30 min behind Townsville. It is currently 11:46 PM in Townsville and 11:16 PM in Tennant Creek.

Yes, the driving distance between Townsville to Tennant Creek is 1563 km. It takes approximately 16 h 24 min to drive from Townsville to Tennant Creek.

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Jetstar, Airnorth and Qantas offer flights from Townsville Airport to Tennant Creek Airport.

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There are one+ hotels available in Tennant Creek. Prices start at $100 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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