Townsville to Cairns Bus

Townsville to Cairns

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Townsville to Cairns Bus

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Discover the stunning landscapes and natural beauty of Tropical North Queensland when you travel from Townsville to Cairns on a convenient and comfortable Greyhound bus!

From the spectacular, World Heritage-listed national parks and bustling urban centre of Townsville to the tropical rainforests and natural wonders of Cairns, this is your chance to relax and enjoy everything Queensland’s North Coast has to offer.

Considered the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and Port Douglas, Cairns is the perfect base for a reef, rainforest or island adventure – but it’s also a modern and vibrant city in its own right. Cairns Esplanade, lined with bars, restaurants and a swimming lagoon, is a must for visitors.

On your bus trip from Townsville to Cairns, you will 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 Townsville to Cairns, you’ll enjoy all the comforts the modern traveller desires. Relax in your roomy and reclining leather seat, stay connected with free WiFi and an in-seat USB charger, and keep cool in air-conditioned comfort while you take in the sights of North Queensland through your panoramic window.

Prefer an aisle seat? No problem – seat selection is now available on all our coaches when you book your bus trip from Townsville to Cairns, so you’ll never have to queue for your favourite seat again. 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 along the way, the bus trip from Townsville to Cairns is perfect for our popular Whitmit 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 Townsville to Cairns.

Going above and beyond, every step of the way, Greyhound transforms the coach travel experience. Book your ticket now!


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Where do buses depart from in Townsville and Cairns?

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

What amenities can I expect on the bus?

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

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

The bus from Townsville to Cairns takes approximately 5h 30m. For the most up-to-date timetable please visit the Timetables page.

How much is a bus ticket from Townsville to Cairns?

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 Townsville to Cairns 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.

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