Cheap flights to Townsville (TSV) in 2021

A handy guide on what to expect when flying to and travelling beyond Townsville Airport.

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Planning a trip to Townsville? Iron out any kinks in your travel plans by reading our helpful guide on flying to Townsville Airport.

Find out everything from which airlines to book with to the best ways to get from the arrivals hall to the city centre after you land.

Today's Townsville flight deals:

Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia

Queensland flights from $75 each way



Up to 50% off: Flights with Jetstar from $46 each way


Queensland flights from $55 each way


Frequently asked questions about flights to Townsville

How much does it cost to fly to Townsville?

Townsville is a popular travel destination year-round because of its tropical climate, and competition on the route keeps prices fairly stable throughout the year.Using Skyscanner find flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Townsville from around $150-$200 direct return with Jetstar. From within Queensland flights from Brisbane to Townsville can be found from about $130 or from Cairns to Townsville for just under $200.

The cheapest flights from Darwin, Adelaide and Hobart range between $300-350. For even cheaper flights keep an eye out for flight sales to north Queensland's unofficial capital.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Townsville?

Cheapflights considers September to October to be the cheapest time to visit Townsville. We also recommend travelling during this period as it's the best time to visit Townsville before the weather gets too hot in summer.The summer November to January period is the most expensive time to fly but travellers experience hot and rainy weather with a high chance of tropical storms in late summer.

Cheapest months to fly:

September to October

Priciest months to fly:

November to January

How long does it take to fly to Townsville?

These are the average minimum flight times to Townsville, we've noted if they're direct or the fastest connecting flight.

  • Adelaide: 2 hours, 50 minutes direct
  • Alice Springs: 6 hours with a stopover
  • Brisbane: 2 hours, 5 minutes direct
  • Cairns: 56 minutes direct
  • Darwin: 2 hours, 40 minutes direct
  • Hobart: 5 hours, 45 minutes with a stopover
  • Melbourne: 3 hours direct
  • Perth: 7 hours, 50 minutes with a stopover

These airlines fly direct to Townsville via the following places.

Which airlines fly direct to Townsville?

These airlines fly direct to Townsville via the following places.

  • AirNorth: Darwin, Gold Coast and Toowoomba
  • Alliance Airlines: Cloncurry
  • Hinterland Aviation: Palm Island
  • Jetstar: Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney
  • Qantas: Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Cloncurry, Mackay, Mount Isa, Melbourne and Sydney
  • Rex Airlines: Cairns, Hughenden, Winton
  • Virgin Australia: Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney

What's the best airline to fly to Townsville?

  • Best for price: Jetstar tends to be the cheapest carrier flying to Townsville from the major cities.
  • Best for extra inclusions: Qantas is the only full-service airline flying to Townsville meaning it includes checked baggage, meals, entertainment and seat selection in the cost of your ticket.
  • Best for frequent flyer rewards: Those flying to Townsville can earn frequent flyer points with either Qantas (Qantas Frequent Flyer) or Virgin (Velocity Frequent Flyer). Some Jetstar fares are also eligible to collect Qantas points.

How many points do I need to fly to Townsville?

Departure cityPoints required for a return Qantas flightPoints required for a return Virgin flight
Adelaide36,000Not available
Alice Springs36,000Not available
Darwin40,600Not available
Gold Coast32,000Not available
Melbourne28,800Not available
Perth40,600Not available
*These points were calculated in June 2020 and are subject to change and increases based on demand on your preferred travel dates.

Want to earn a free flight to Townsville?

These frequent flyer credit card offers can give you more than enough bonus points for a complimentary flight (minus applicable taxes) to Townsville Airport (TSV) from major cities across Australia.

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Offer may be withdrawn at any time

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American Express Velocity Platinum Card

Receive 120,000 bonus Velocity Points

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How far in advance should I book my flights to Townsville?

According to Cheapflights Townsville pricing data, you should book at least 60 days before your departure date.

Where is the airport in Townsville?

Townsville Airport (TSV) is less than a 10-minute (6.5 kilometres) drive from central Townsville.

The official Townsville Airport Shuttle provides pick-up and drop-off services to and from both city-centre hotels and the Magnetic Island ferry terminal. It operates 7 days a week. There's also a taxi rank located at the arrivals end of the terminal. Uber, meanwhile, picks up from the designated collection point in the rental car park at the arrivals end of the terminal. If you'd rather rent a car, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty all have desks at the airport.

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