Townsville to Cairns

Townsville to Cairns

0 trips ($42 – $222)  

Other Options

Townsville to Cairns Schedule

Townsville to Cairns Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Qantas Airways Economy #QF235206:45 - 07:40$ 139.28
Greyhound Australia AC Seater 08:00 - 13:40$ 52.22
Qantas Airways Economy #QF235412:50 - 13:45$ 322.20
Qantas Airways Economy #QF236014:50 - 15:45$ 121.43
Qantas Airways Economy #QF236217:25 - 18:20$ 138.19
Qantas Airways Economy #QF235818:25 - 19:20$ 169.54
Jetstar Airways Economy #JQ90722:05 - 23:50$ 209.93

Transportation from Townsville to Cairns

Townsville to Cairns Destination Reviews

The bus, the stops, and the road were really good. Though I got confused whether I am at the right spot since it was told I need to be present 20 minutes earlier and there was nothing to do reaching earlier. The bus came at 7:10 am and I was kind of worried whether eveything is okay or I have missed something. But it was great overall. Thanks.
Bus AC Seater, Greyhound Australia, Dec 4, 2019
2 customer reviews

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 Bus 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 USD 221.88. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 42.00.

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 230 miles (370 km). The flying distance is 178 miles (285 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 6 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 USD 42.00 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 USD 221.88.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 42.00 to USD 60.00;
  • Plane tickets - USD 135.00 to USD 222.00;

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 6 departures a day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


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 USD 135.00.

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
Qantas Airways, Regional Express


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.
  • 1% Other