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Magnetic Island ferry fares

SeaLink North Queensland is your quickest link to Magnetic Island. It is easy to get to Magnetic Island on a SeaLink ferry with up to 17 services per day and it only takes 20 minutes.

  • Dear Residents and Regular Travellers between Townsville and Magnetic Island,

    As of Wednesday 1 November 2023, there will be a small increase in ferry fares between Townsville and Magnetic Island. This modest adjustment is in response to the escalating operational expenses our business faces, including labour and insurance costs, among various other overheads.

    Over the past 12 months, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) up to 30 June 2023, has surged by 6.3%. Despite the persistent high and rising fuel costs, we are increasing fares by an average of 3.9%. This fare increase is regrettable, but it is essential to ensure continued investment in our transportation services and the supporting infrastructure within the region.

    The table below provides a breakdown of the fare increases. For the convenience of our regular patrons, we continue to offer a variety of cost-effective options, such as unlimited travel on weekly, monthly, and 6-monthly tickets, tailored to frequent travellers needs.

    Online adult return tickets move to $38 and remain $2.50 cheaper than standard adult return fare.

    We are committed to maintaining our current schedule, offering up to 17 daily services between Townsville and Magnetic Island.

    Please refer to the following table for a breakdown of the adjusted fares. These new fares will take effect from Wednesday, 1 November 2023, providing 15 working days' notice for your convenience.

    Thank you for your continued support.

    Kind Regards

    Darren Spearman

    General Manager

    SeaLink North Queensland

    To download the fare increase statement, please click HERE

  • PassengersOne WayReturn
    Adult - purchased online-$38
    Child* (5-14 years)$10.70$20.30
    Family Return** (2 Adults + up to 3 Children 5-14 yrs)-$88

    Standard tickets are valid for 6 months (183 days) from date of purchase.

    *A valid Australian concession or student card must be presented to receive these fares and must be presented for boarding at all times.

    **All passengers travelling on a Family Return ticket must travel together in both directions.


  • If you are a resident, local or staying in the region for a few days our flexi tickets are the affordable way to see both Magnetic Island and Townsville. Each flexi ticket allows 10 one-way trips (5 returns) but can only be used by a maximum of up to two persons at the same time.

    Adult Flexi, (10 trips)$129.50
    Child Flexi, 5-14 years, (10 trips)$65.00
    *Concession Flexi (10 trips)$65.00
    *Student Flexi, (10 trips)$86.30

    Flexi tickets are valid for 6 months (183 days) from date of purchase. *A valid Australian concession or student card must be presented to receive these fares and must be presented for boarding at all times.


  • SeaLink offers a variety of affordable tickets for frequent travel. Each ticket allows the user to make unlimited trips between Magnetic Island and Townsville for the validity of the ticket but may only be used by one person.

    Ticket Price
    Weekly (7 days, unlimited trips)$117.50
    Monthly (31 day, unlimited trips)$405.00
    Six Monthly (183 days, unlimited trips)$2,219.00
    Primary Student - 1 Month (31 days)*$144.60
    Primary Student - 3 Months (93 days)*$423.70
    Primary Student - 6 Months (183 days)*

    Weekly tickets will have the ticket holders full name printed on the ticket. All other ticket types including monthly, 3 and 6 monthly ticket types will have the ticket holders full name and photo printed on the ticket for identification purposes.

    *Primary student passes for primary students travelling to/from Magnetic Island to attend primary school.

    Frequent Traveller Tickets are only available for purchase from our Breakwater or Nelly Bay Terminal only (not on vessels). Please contact our sales team on 07 4726 0800 if you require any further information.


  • VehiclePrice
    Car (per 24hrs)$9.00
    Motorhome (per 24hrs)$10.00
    Car & Trailer / Caravan (per 24hrs)$12.00

    Pricing effective from 1st November 2023