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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus  •  3 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach Gx414 / ...

$24 - $214

4 alternative options

Train, travel  •  4 h

  1. Take the train from Townsville to Proserpine Spirit of Queensland
  2. Travel from Proserpine to Whitsunday Island

Train, ferry  •  6 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Townsville to Proserpine Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the ferry from Port of Airlie to Hamilton Island Marina

$76 - $120

Fly to Hamilton Island  •  6 h 4 min

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

$210 - $450

Fly to Proserpine, travel  •  6 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Townsville (TSV) to Proserpine (PPP) TSV - PPP
  2. Travel from Proserpine to Whitsunday Island

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The distance between Townsville and Whitsunday Island is 253 km.

The best way to get from Townsville to Whitsunday Island without a car is to bus which takes 3 h 19 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 19 min to get from Townsville to Whitsunday Island, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Townsville to Whitsunday Island is to bus which takes 3 h 19 min and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs and takes 6 h 4 min.

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There is no direct flight from Townsville Airport to Hamilton Island Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 40 min 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 83+ hotels available in Whitsunday Island. 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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Map of how to get from Townsville to Whitsunday Island.
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  • Distance: 158.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 19 min

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

Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Townsville to Whitsunday Island 3 times a day. Tickets cost $22 - $220 and the journey takes 2 h 30 min. Premier Motor Service also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar fly from Townsville to Whitsunday Island every 4 hours.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Townsville to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $900
Flights from Townsville to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $750
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Townsville to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $700
Flights from Townsville to Hamilton Island via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$360 - $450
Flights from Townsville to Proserpine via Mackay, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $390
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Townsville to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $390
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
3 h 7 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $50
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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 Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $220
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$22 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $45
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Ferry operators
Cruise Whitsundays

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