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There are 6 ways to get from Townsville to Whitsunday Islands by bus, ferry, train, plane or bus and ferry

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 Greyhound Australia, ferry  •  5h 39m

  1. Take the bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach Gx414 / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Shute Harbour to Hamilton Island Marina

$68 - $191

5 alternative options

Train, ferry  •  6h 47m

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

$80 - $93

Bus Premier Motor Service, ferry  •  8h 23m

  1. Take the bus from Townsville to Bowen
  2. Take the bus from Bowen to Airlie Beach
  3. Take the ferry from Port of Airlie to Hamilton Island Marina

$76 - $88

Fly to Hamilton Island  •  6h 1m

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

$210 - $450

Fly to Mackay, bus, ferry  •  7h 1m

  1. Fly from Townsville (TSV) to Mackay (MKY) TSV - MKY
  2. Take the bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach
  3. Take the ferry from Port of Airlie to Hamilton Island Marina

$255 - $798

Fly to Proserpine, bus and ferry  •  8h 1m

  1. Fly from Townsville (TSV) to Proserpine (PPP) TSV - PPP
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Proserpine Airport to Hamilton Island Marina

$248 - $443

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Townsville to Whitsunday Islands is to bus and ferry which costs $100 - $130 and takes 8h 23m.

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The quickest way to get from Townsville to Whitsunday Islands is to bus and ferry which costs $95 - $270 and takes 5h 39m.

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The distance between Townsville and Whitsunday Islands is 255 km.

The best way to get from Townsville to Whitsunday Islands without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 5h 39m and costs $95 - $270.

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It takes approximately 5h 39m to get from Townsville to Whitsunday Islands, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Townsville Airport to Hamilton Island Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 50m and has one stopover.

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Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia offer flights from Townsville Airport to Hamilton Island Airport.

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There are 99+ hotels available in Whitsunday Islands. Prices start at $223 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Townsville to Townsville Airport is to line 205 bus which takes 4m and costs .

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Map of how to get from Townsville to Whitsunday Islands.
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  • Distance: 159.2 miles
  • Duration: 5h 39m

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

Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar fly from Townsville to Whitsunday Islands every 4 hours.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Townsville to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $900
Flights from Townsville to Mackay
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Townsville to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $800
Flights from Townsville to Proserpine via Mackay, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$180 - $390
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Townsville to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $600
Flights from Townsville to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 28m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $750
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Townsville to Mackay
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Townsville to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $700
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
3h 7m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Book at
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
3h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $150
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$22 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $45
Bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$12 - $18
Flexifare
$20 - $28
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Townsville to Bowen
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $30
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Bowen to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $23
Website
Premier Motor Service
Cruise Whitsundays
Phone
+61 07 4846 7000
Email
reservations@cruisewhitsundays.com
Website
cruisewhitsundays.com
Bus and ferry from Proserpine Airport to Hamilton Island Marina
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$59
Schedules at
cruisewhitsundays.com
Ferry operators
Cruise Whitsundays
Phone
+61 07 4846 7000
Email
reservations@cruisewhitsundays.com
Website
cruisewhitsundays.com
Ferry from Shute Harbour to Hamilton Island Marina
Ave. Duration
35m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$44
Schedules at
cruisewhitsundays.com
Ferry from Port of Airlie to Hamilton Island Marina
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$44
Schedules at
cruisewhitsundays.com

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