Townsville to Cairns

Townsville to Cairns

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08:00
Townsville
4h 45m bus ride in AC Seater
5.0
12:45
Babinda, Cairns
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08:00
Townsville
4h 50m bus ride in AC Seater
5.0
12:50
Babinda, Cairns
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22:00
TSV Townsville Airport
1d 2h 30m Flight+Flight. Self-connect 1 stop in BNE 22h 25m
00:30
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CNS Cairns Airport

From Townsville to Cairns by bus

Instant Fastest
08:00
Townsville
4h 45m bus ride in AC Seater
5.0
12:45
Babinda, Cairns
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08:00
Townsville
4h 50m bus ride in AC Seater
5.0
12:50
Babinda, Cairns

From Townsville Airport to Cairns by flight and flight

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22:00
TSV Townsville Airport
1d 2h 30m Flight+Flight. Self-connect 1 stop in BNE 22h 25m
00:30
+2
CNS Cairns Airport

Townsville to Cairns Schedule

Townsville to Cairns Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Qantas Airways Economy #QF230806:45 - 07:40AUD 168.27
Greyhound Australia AC Seater 08:00 - 12:45AUD 62
Qantas Airways Economy #QF230209:20 - 10:15AUD 168.27
Regional Express Economy #ZL541808:30 - 09:35AUD 108.27
Qantas Airways Economy #QF231211:20 - 12:15AUD 168.27
Greyhound Australia AC Seater 13:40 - 18:25AUD 63
Qantas Airways Economy #QF230612:30 - 13:25AUD 168.27
Alliance Airlines Economy #QQ64313:00 - 13:50AUD 153.85
Qantas Airways Economy #QF230414:00 - 14:55AUD 170.92
Qantas Airways Economy #QF230416:00 - 16:55AUD 170.92
Qantas Airways Economy #QF235818:15 - 19:10AUD 170.92
Regional Express Economy #ZL544218:00 - 19:05AUD 590.86

Transportation from Townsville to Cairns

How to get from Townsville to Cairns

When you want to get from Townsville to Cairns, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Flight
  • Bus

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Flight. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Flight ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A flight ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about AUD 426.09. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as AUD 62.00.

How far is Townsville from Cairns?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Townsville to Cairns. Your trip will be a total of 189 miles (303 km). The flying distance is 145 miles (233 km).

How long does it take to get from Townsville to Cairns?

The travel time from Townsville to Cairns can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 1 to 28 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Townsville to Cairns?

The cost of the trip from Townsville to Cairns varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Greyhound Australia: travelling by bus expect to pay as low as AUD 62.00 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a flight - a one-way flight ticket can cost as much as AUD 426.09.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Townsville to Cairns:

  • Bus tickets - AUD 62.00 to AUD 67.00;
  • Plane tickets - AUD 107.00 to AUD 426.00;

How many trips per day are there between Townsville and Cairns?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Flights from Townsville to Cairns depart during the day - there are approximately 1 departures a day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 08:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 13:45. There are 1 available bus trips every day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?

Flights

Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Townsville to Cairns. While it’s often the most expensive option, tool, occasionally you can grab promotional tickets for more or less the price of a train or a ferry ticket. Normally, the minimum you need to pay for a Plane ticket is AUD 107.00.

Things to remember before boarding a plane:

  • It’s recommended to book a ticket in advance and check-in online. This way, you can save over 2 hours at the airport, and if your seat selection is on a first come first served basis you will have more options to choose from.
  • Getting through security checks may take some time - it’s recommended to get to the airport at least 1.5 hours in advance.

Airlines flying from Townsville to Cairns
Alliance Airlines, Jetstar Airways, Qantas Airways, Regional Express, Virgin Australia

Buses

Taking a bus from Townsville to Cairns is cheaper than flying. Quite often, a long-distance bus is the cheapest transportation option. Buses normally make bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way.

Things to remember before opting for a bus ride:

  • If possible, make sure to choose higher-class buses for a more comfortable travel experience. Such buses often have an air conditioning system, soft reclining seats, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc.
  • As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat.
  • While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.

The most popular transport from Townsville to Cairns

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Townsville to Cairns? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 100% decided to go for a bus.