Townsville to Cairns Bus

Townsville to Cairns

Rest easy with Greyhound’s COVID refund guarantee, if your service is cancelled due to COVID-related restrictions or border closures.

Townsville to Cairns Bus

× Origin Destination × Depart Return Promo Code
× Booking Number Pin ×
× Service Number or Location Select service or location
× Origin × Destination Date of travel
travel now, pay later learn more


Cheapest Price $61
Daily Buses 2
Average Trip Duration 5h 40m
Earliest Bus 8:00 AM
Latest Bus 1:45 PM


Air Conditioning Air Conditioning Reclining Seats Reclining Seats On Board Restroom On-board Restroom
Free Free WiFi USB Chargers USB Chargers Panoramic Windows Panoramic Windows

Travel between Townsville and Cairns in a convenient and comfortable Greyhound coach from just $61.

Our coaches stop in the heart of Townsville and Cairns, eliminating the need for a transfer. Prefer aisle or window seats? There’s no need to queue – simply reserve your favourite spot with our seat selection feature.

You can unlock even more benefits, as well as exclusive offers and deals, by joining our Greyhound Rewards program. When you join, every ticket purchased on our network will earn you G-Dollars, which you can redeem on your very next trip or save up for a special occasion. The choice is yours!

Book your trip now to experience modern coach travel at its best!


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.

This is definitely a trip for the bucket list. Book your bus ticket from Townsville to Cairns now!



Daily Daily

Sealink Terminal, 2 Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville QLD

8:00 AM 1:45 PM

Bus Stop, Cnr Townsville Rd & Shire Hall Ln, Ingham QLD

9:30 AM 3:15 PM

Bus Stop, 2 Brasenose St, Cardwell QLD

Arr: 10:10 AM
Dep: 10:45 PM
Arr: 3:55 PM
Dep: 4:30 PM

Transit Centre, 76 Butler St, Tully QLD

11:15 AM 5 PM

Transit Centre, 2002 Tully Mission Beach Rd, Wongaling Beach QLD

11:45 AM 5:25 PM

Bus Stop, 116 Edith St, Innisfail QLD

12:25 PM 6:05 PM

Railway Station Bus Stop, 93 Howard Kennedy Dr, Babinda QLD

12:50 PM 6:35 PM*

Bus Stop, 51 Norman St, Gordonvale QLD

1:15 PM 7:05 PM*

Bus Bays 16 & 17, 17 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City QLD

1:40 PM 7:25 AM

* This stop is on request only, advance booking required

Disclaimer: “Our timetables are updated regularly and are subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date timetable for Townsville to Cairns services please use the TIMETABLES tab in the booking form at the top of the page. For up-to-date information about delays to scheduled services due to circumstances which are out of the control of Greyhound Australia e.g. natural disasters, road closures, etc, please check the Service Updates."


Where do buses depart from in Townsville and Cairns?

What amenities can I expect on the bus?

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

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

The bus trip from Townsville to Cairns takes approximately 5h 40m. For the most up-to-date timetable please use the 'Timetables' tab in the form at the top of the page.

How much is a bus ticket from Townsville to Cairns?

Tickets from Townsville to Cairns start at $61. 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 using the booking form above or by calling our customer service team during business hours 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.​

**For more information see our FAQ page.

What if my trip is disrupted by COVID?

In the event Greyhound is required to cancel your service due to COVID-related restrictions 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 our Service Updates for latest information, and find out how to Travel Safe with Greyhound.


Leave a review