Getting to Townsville


By Air

Townsville Airport has daily flights from all major Australian cities, and is located a short 7-minute drive from the town centre. Flight times from other cities are:

  • Brisbane – Townsville: 2hr 5min
  • Sydney – Townsville: 2hr 45min
  • Melbourne – Townsville: 3hr 5min
  • Cairns – Townsville: 1 hour

By Road

Townsville is a 347km from Cairns a 4 hour 30 minute drive from Cairns, or you can drive from Brisbane 1,352km and explore the beauty of Queensland over a couple of days.

By Rail

Queensland Rail Travel runs regular services from Brisbane and Cairns to Townsville.

Townsville Airport – Queensland

Getting around Townsville

Airport Shuttle

The Airport Shuttle provides a pick-up and drop off service from the airport to/from city hotels and the Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal for all major flights seven days per week. To book your shuttle phone 0478 160 036 or visit Bookings are essential.  Cost is between $5 – $10 / person.  They have a trailer to transport your bike boxes to your accommodation on arrival in Townsville.  For athletes travelling as a National Teams and arriving at the same time contact Will directly for transport options for your team

Car Rental

Major car-rental agencies are represented in Townsville and at the airport.


The Taxi Rank is located at the arrivals end of the airport terminal.  There are also Taxi ranks located through out the Townsville CBD.  To book a phone 138294.  Wheelchair accessible taxis can be organised by Townsville Kerbside Concierge or when you book.

Uber – Ride Share

The Ride Share collection point is located within the rental carpark at the arrivals end of the airport terminal.  Uber operates in Townsville and can be booked via the smartphone app.

Buses, Coaches & Cars

Acacia Limousines Acacia Limousines have sedans and stretch limousines available for hire. Phone: (07) 4426 2884
Mobile: 0482 182 095
Calypso Coaches Calypso Coaches can provide all your coach, minibus, truck and bus rental needs. Phone: (07) 4774 4266


Campbell’s Coaches Campbell’s Coaches is a bus and coach service for transfer of mining workers, small or large groups, day trips, sightseeing tours, corporate tours, airport transfers, event transport. Phone: (07) 4774 5099



Detours Townsville Detours Townsville coaches range from 16 seater mini coaches to 60 seater touring coaches that are all air-conditioned, seat belted and serviced to the safest standard. Phone: (07) 4728 5311

After Hours: 0414 641 190 / 0418 184 133



Gordonvale Coaches Gordonvale Coaches are a customised transport solution from 10 to 300 people with a wide range of buses and coaches to suit any occasion. Phone: 0400 392 244



McMillans Bus Charters Townsville McMillans Bus Charters Townsville offer a range of vehicles from 5 to 33 seats and combinations for larger groups. They provide airport transfers, local tourist venue transfers, sporting and event transfers. Phone: 0401 270 470 / 0411 081 263



Townsville Transfers Townsville Transfers offer a door to door transfer service in a modern sedan. Phone: 0482 069 188

Public Transport Buses

Townsville runs a local bus service around Townsville – you can buy a single/daily ticket. Route maps and timetables are available at the Visitor Information Centres and online.

By Foot

The CBD is quite accessible by foot. You can reach a variety of amenities and activities such as nightlife, restaurants, movie theatres, The Strand and Castle Hill.