​​​​​​​​​Catch the train between Townsville and Cairns for $50* per person one-way​

Let us take care of the driving while you sit back and relax with a cuppa or a good book and arrive refreshed and ready to enjoy! Taking the train is easy, convenient and comfortable. With regular services leaving Townsville and Cairns each week, it’s a great way to visit friends and family, take a short break, cheer on your favourite sporting team or attend that special event. 

Check our timetable to find a service that suits you or click the link below to book your tickets online.


Head south from Cairns for thrilling events, concerts and sports in buzzing Townsville. With inner-city vibes, great museums, street art, galleries, restaurants and just a stones-throw away from Magnetic Island, this little gem town is one of Queensland’s best kept secrets ready to be explored. 

Want some inspo? Check out our Travel Blog.

Concert at Queensland Country Bank Stadium A view of Townsville from high above

Best enjoyed outdoors, beautiful Cairns offers everything for the perfect holiday or weekend getaway north of Townsville. From quaint open-air markets and al fresco cafés on the Cairns esplanade to stunning views, majestic waterfalls and exhilarating adventures in the Daintree rainforest, there’s lots to fill your days with. 

Explore the Wet Tropics up close with an unforgettable experience onboard Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Friends in Cairns CBD Kuranda Scenic Railway


*Conditions apply: Prices are per person one-way in Economy Seats aboard the Spirit of Queensland either way between Cairns and Townsville. Subject to availability. Seasonal surcharges and blackout periods apply. Queensland Rail Travel reserves the right to make changes without notice.​


Connecting Queensland the new way. The Spirit of Queensland travels from Brisbane to Cairns and return four times a week, with RailBus Coach Connections to Hervey Bay and Airlie Beach.
RouteRoute:Brisbane to Cairns
DurationDuration:25 hrs