How to travel from Alice Springs to Darwin, Australia

The distance between Alice Springs and Darwin is around 1,333km (829 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 2h 25m.

4 routes found

We've found 4 different ways to get from Alice Springs to Darwin by plane, bus, train and car. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

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Fly

Fly from Alice Springs (ASP) to Darwin (DRW).

  • Duration2h 25m
  • Flight time2hrs
  • Typical cost
    A$830($555)
Operated by

Qantas

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Bus

Take the bus to Darwin.

  • Duration22hrs
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    A$270($180)
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Train

Take the train to Darwin.

  • Duration1 day 1h
  • Departstwice a week
  • Typical cost
    A$515($345)
Operated by

Great Southern Rail - The Ghan

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Drive

Drive to Darwin.

  • Duration13h 50m
  • Distance1,496km (930 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Alice Springs and Darwin

There are several options for getting from Alice Springs to Darwin by plane, bus, train and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around A$270 ($180) and will take around 22hrs. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 2h 25m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$830 ($555).

The distance between Alice Springs and Darwin is around 1,333km (829 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,290km (802 miles)

It takes around 2h 25m to get from Alice Springs and Darwin by plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 13h 50m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Alice Springs to Darwin is to fly which takes around 2h 25m and will set you back approx A$830 ($555).

The cheapest way to travel between Alice Springs and Darwin, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around A$270 ($180) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

Yes there is a train service that runs between Alice Springs and Darwin. It typically takes around 1 day 1h and departs twice a week.

There are no direct train services that runs from Alice Springs to Darwin. However, you can instead can take several connecting trains with a changeover in Darwin. These services run twice a week and will take a minimum of 1 day 1h.

Great Southern Rail - The Ghan run train services between Alice Springs and Darwin. Trains depart twice a week and will take around 1 day 1h, however, this may vary depending on the particular service and whether it runs express or stops all stations.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Alice Springs and Darwin. It typically takes around 22hrs and departs once daily.

Yes there is a direct bus service that runs between Alice Springs and Darwin with no changeovers required. The bus runs once daily and takes 22hrs.

Greyhound Australia run regular bus services between Alice Springs and Darwin. Buses run once daily and take around 22hrs on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Alice Springs and Darwin. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and arrive at Darwin (DRW). The flight takes around 2hrs.

Yes there is a direct flight between Alice Springs and Darwin with no stop-overs required. Flights typically take around 2hrs.

Qantas fly between Alice Springs and Darwin. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and and arrive into Darwin (DRW). These flights usually take around 2hrs.

The flight from Alice Springs to Darwin typically takes around 2hrs. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and and arrive into Darwin (DRW).

The closest major airport to Darwin is Darwin International Airport (DRW) (DRW) which is approximately 7km (4 miles) from Darwin. Maningrida Airport (MNG) (MNG) and Kununurra Airport (KNX) (KNX) are also nearby and might be a better alternative airport depending on where you are flying from.

Drive yourself

Yes it is possible to drive from Alice Springs and Darwin. The distance is around 1,496km (930 miles) by road and it will take around 13h 50m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Alice Springs to Darwin is to fly which takes, on average, 2h 25m and will usually cost around A$830 ($555).

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Compare travel optionsbetween Alice Springs and Darwin

Transport options from Alice Springs to Darwin
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly
2h 25m
A$830($555)
on demand1,333km (829 miles)
Bus
22hrs
A$270($180)
once daily1,515km (941 miles)
Train
1 day 1h
A$515($345)
twice a week1,439km (894 miles)
Drive
13h 50m
A$200($135)
on demand1,496km (930 miles)

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Airports near Darwin

The following major airports near Darwin offer regular flights to various popular destinations within Australia and internationally.

DRW
Darwin International Airport (DRW)
International Airport
Distance
7km (4 miles) from Darwin
MNG
Maningrida Airport (MNG)
Domestic Airport
Distance
371km (231 miles) from Darwin
KNX
Kununurra Airport (KNX)
Domestic Airport
Distance
435km (270 miles) from Darwin