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

$120 - $220

2 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

$155 - $240

Drive  •  16 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Townsville to Tennant Creek 977.1 miles

$130 - $210

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The cheapest way to get from Townsville to Tennant Creek is to drive which costs $190 - $280 and takes 16 h 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from Townsville to Tennant Creek is to fly which costs $330 - $950 and takes 9 h 21 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Townsville and arriving at Tennant Creek. Services depart once a week. 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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It takes approximately 9 h 21 min to get from Townsville to Tennant Creek, including transfers.

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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 fly which takes 9 h 21 min and costs $330 - $950. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $170 - $300 and takes 19 h 45 min.

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Map of how to get from Townsville to Tennant Creek.
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  • Distance: 826.9 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 21 min

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

Airnorth and Qantas fly from Townsville to Tennant Creek once daily. Alternatively, 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.

Airlines
Airnorth
Website
flyairnorth.com
Flights from Townsville to Tennant Creek via Darwin, Katherine
Ave. Duration
17 h
When
Monday and 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 Juila Creek station
Ave. Duration
13 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$80 - $110
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
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
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $190
Flexifare
$150 - $210
Bus from Julia Creek to Tennant Creek
Ave. Duration
11 h 50 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$75 - $110
Flexifare
$90 - $130

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