How to travel from Alice Springs to Townsville, Australia

The distance between Alice Springs and Townsville is around 2,071km (1,287 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 5h 10m.

5 routes found

We've found 5 different ways to get from Alice Springs to Townsville by plane, bus, train and car. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

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Fly

Fly from Alice Springs (ASP) to Townsville (TSV).

  • Duration5h 10m
  • Flight time4h 50m
  • Typical cost
    A$410($275)
Operated by

Virgin Australia

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6 x bus
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Bus

Take the bus to Adelaide, Broken Hill Town Coach Stop, Dubbo Station Coach Bay 1, Tamworth Station Coach Stop then Brisbane and then to Townsville.

  • Duration3 days 1h
  • Departstwice a week
  • Typical cost
    A$880($590)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

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5 x train
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Train

Take the train to Adelaide Parklands, Mount Victoria, Strathfield Station then Brisbane and then to Townsville.

  • Duration3 days 7h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    A$1,225($825)
Operated by

Multiple train operators

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car
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Drive

Drive to Townsville.

  • Duration20h 55m
  • Distance2,071km (1,287 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Alice Springs and Townsville

There are several options for getting from Alice Springs to Townsville by plane, bus, train and car. The cheapest option is to fly which costs around A$410 ($275) and will take around 5h 10m.

The distance between Alice Springs and Townsville is around 2,071km (1,287 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,427km (886 miles)

It takes around 5h 10m to get from Alice Springs and Townsville by plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 20h 55m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Alice Springs to Townsville is to fly which takes around 5h 10m and will set you back approx A$410 ($275).

The cheapest way to travel between Alice Springs and Townsville, if you exclude driving, is to fly which will typically cost around A$410 ($275) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

Yes there is a train service that runs between Alice Springs and Townsville. It typically takes around 3 days 7h and departs once a week.

There are no direct train services that runs from Alice Springs to Townsville. However, you can instead can take several connecting trains with a changeover in Adelaide Parklands, Mount Victoria, Strathfield Station and Brisbane. These services run once a week and will take a minimum of 3 days 7h.

Great Southern Rail - The Ghan, Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific, Transport NSW, NSW TrainLink, Queensland Rail Travel and Great Southern run train services between Alice Springs and Townsville. Trains depart once a week and will take around 3 days 7h, however, this may vary depending on the particular service and whether it runs express or stops all stations.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Alice Springs and Townsville. It typically takes around 3 days 1h and departs twice a week.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Alice Springs to Townsville. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Adelaide, Broken Hill Town Coach Stop, Dubbo Station Coach Bay 1, Tamworth Station Coach Stop and Brisbane. These services run twice a week and will take a minimum of 3 days 1h.

Greyhound Australia, NSW TrainLink, Crisps Coaches and Premier Motor Service run regular bus services between Alice Springs and Townsville. Buses run twice a week and take around 3 days 1h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Alice Springs and Townsville. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and arrive at Townsville (TSV) - via Brisbane (BNE). The flight takes around 4h 50m.

There is no direct flight from Alice Springs to Townsville. There is however a flight that goes via Brisbane (BNE). This services will take at least 5h 10m (not including layover time).

The flight from Alice Springs to Townsville typically takes around 4h 50m. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and and arrive into Townsville (TSV).

The closest major airport to Townsville is Townsville Airport (TSV) (TSV) which is approximately 6km (3 miles) from Townsville. Palm Island Airport (PMK) (PMK) and Cairns Airport (CNS) (CNS) are also nearby and might be a better alternative airport depending on where you are flying from.

Drive yourself

Yes it is possible to drive from Alice Springs and Townsville. The distance is around 2,071km (1,287 miles) by road and it will take around 20h 55m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Alice Springs to Townsville is to fly which takes, on average, 5h 10m and will usually cost around A$410 ($275).

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Compare travel optionsbetween Alice Springs and Townsville

Transport options from Alice Springs to Townsville
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly
5h 10m
A$410($275)
on demand3,098km (1,925 miles)
Bus
3 days 1h
A$880($590)
twice a week5,340km (3,318 miles)
Train + 1 similar
3 days 7h
A$1,225($825)
once a week5,519km (3,429 miles)
Train via Adelaide Parklands4 days 2h
A$700($470)
once a week5,492km (3,413 miles)
Drive
20h 55m
A$275($185)
on demand2,071km (1,287 miles)

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Airports near Townsville

The following major airports near Townsville offer regular flights to various popular destinations within Australia and internationally.

TSV
Townsville Airport (TSV)
Domestic Airport
Distance
6km (3 miles) from Townsville
PMK
Palm Island Airport (PMK)
Domestic Airport
Distance
61km (38 miles) from Townsville
CNS
Cairns Airport (CNS)
International Airport
Distance
288km (179 miles) from Townsville