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

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Recommended option

Fly  •  9 h 21 min

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

$240 - $700

Cheapest option

Bus  •  19 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Townsville to Tennant Creek Gx489

$130 - $230

2 alternative options

Train, bus  •  30 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Townsville station to Mount Isa station
  2. Take the bus from Mount Isa to Barkly Homestead
  3. Take the bus from Barkly Homestead to Tennant Creek

$173 - $277

Drive  •  16 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Townsville to Tennant Creek 977.1 miles

$130 - $210

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Townsville to Tennant Creek is to drive which costs $180 - $270 and takes 16 h 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from Townsville to Tennant Creek is to fly which takes 9 h 21 min and costs $320 - $900.

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The distance between Townsville and Tennant Creek is 1323 km. The road distance is 1563 km.

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It takes approximately 9 h 21 min to get from Townsville to Tennant Creek, including transfers.

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

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

Airnorth and Qantas fly from Townsville to Tennant Creek 6 times a week. Alternatively, Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Townsville to Tennant Creek 4 times a week. Tickets cost $130 - $230 and the journey takes 19 h 45 min.

Airlines
Airnorth
Website
flyairnorth.com
Flights from Townsville to Tennant Creek via Darwin, Katherine
Ave. Duration
17 h
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,000
Flights from Townsville to Tennant Creek via Cairns, Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Townsville station to Mount Isa station
Ave. Duration
20 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$120 - $170
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
19 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $230
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$150 - $220
Bus from Mount Isa to Barkly Homestead
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $70
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$35 - $55
Flexifare
$50 - $70
Bus from Barkly Homestead to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$17 - $26
Flexifare
$26 - $40

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