Cairns to Townsville Bus

Cairns to Townsville

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Cairns to Townsville Bus

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Explore Queensland’s North Coast from Cairns to Townsville aboard a luxurious Greyhound bus!

From the tropical rainforests and natural wonders of Cairns – the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef – to the spectacular, World Heritage-listed national parks and bustling urban centre of Townsville, this is your chance to discover the stunning landscapes and extraordinary beauty of North Queensland in the air-conditioned comfort of a Greyhound coach.

Boasting more than 320 days of sunshine each year, Townsville is Australia’s largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast. Must-do attractions include Townsville’s waterfront esplanade, The Strand; Reef HQ, the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium; Castle Hill, the giant granite monolith that stands in the middle of the city; and neighbouring Magnetic Island, a secluded beach paradise blessed with clear, sparkling waters and abundant wildlife.

On your journey from Cairns to Townsville, your bus will also stop at some must-see North Queensland destinations, including the relaxed and romantic beachside town of Mission Beach, and vibrant Innisfail, home to some of the most impressive art deco buildings in Australia.

Aboard your Greyhound bus from Cairns to Townsville, you’ll enjoy all the comforts the modern traveller desires. You’ll be able to relax in your roomy and reclining leather seat, stay connected with free WiFi and an in-seat USB charger, and take in the sights of North Queensland through your panoramic window.

Seat selection is now available on all our coaches, so you can reserve your preferred window or aisle seat when you book your bus trip from Cairns to Townsville. You can also stay up to date on your expected arrival time with our real-time coach tracker, and earn G-Dollars to put towards your next great Greyhound adventure when you join our Greyhound Rewards program!

With so much to see and do in this fascinating part of the world, the bus trip from Cairns to Townsville is perfect for our popular Whimit Travel Pass, which gives you the freedom to hop off the bus and break up your journey before getting back on another Greyhound bus – on any route, heading in any direction – within your chosen amount of time. Of course, if you need to get to your destination direct, we’ve got you covered with our regular daily services from Cairns to Townsville.

This is modern coach travel at its best. Book your trip from Cairns to Townsville now!


Avg. trip length


5h 40m

from $58


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Where do buses depart from in Cairns and Townsville?

In Cairns, buses to Townsville depart from Pier Car Park, Bay 16 & 17, Pier Point Road. In Townsville, buses to Cairns depart from Sealink Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Drive.

What amenities can I expect on the bus?

All our buses between Cairns & Townsville come with free WiFi, USB chargers, air-conditioning, reclining seats, and a restroom.

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

The bus trip from Townsville to Cairns takes approximately 5h 40m. For the most up-to-date timetable please visit the Timetables page.

How much is a bus ticket from Cairns to Townsville?

All our bus fares come in three tiers – Early Bird, Advantage and Premium – with prices varying based on how far in advance you are making a booking. You can find the most up-to-date price for your trip by searching available trips online or by calling our customer service team on 1300 473 946. For more information on different types of available fares visit our compare fares page.

Where can I buy a ticket?

The easiest and cheapest way to buy a bus ticket for your Cairns to Townsville trip is to book directly on our website. Your ticket is then saved in your My Greyhound account where you can manage your booking, and simply show an electronic copy of your ticket on your phone to the bus driver when you board.

You can also book your trips on the phone by contacting our friendly customer service on 1300 473 946, at our ticket outlets/travel agencies, or directly with the bus driver*.

*Please note that all bookings made through our call centre, travel centres and tickets purchased directly from drivers will incur a booking fee of $5.

What if my trip is disrupted by COVID?

In the event of COVID-related restrictions, cancellations, rescheduling, or border closures, you can rest easy knowing that Greyhound's COVID refund policy will allow you to choose between a refund, credit, or reschedule of your booked travel.

All passengers must adhere to local state and territory government requirements due to COVID-19. See Service Updates for latest information, and find out how to Travel Safe with Greyhound.

**For more information see our FAQ page.