How to travel from Alice Springs to Parkes, Australia

The distance between Alice Springs and Parkes is around 2,329km (1,447 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 4h 40m.

7 routes found

We've found 7 different ways to get from Alice Springs to Parkes by plane, train, bus 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 Parkes (PKE).

  • Duration4h 40m
  • Flight time4hrs
  • Typical cost
    A$525($355)
Operated by

Qantas

+ 3 others

3 similiar routes

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4 x bus
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Bus

Take the bus to Adelaide, Broken Hill Town Coach Stop then Dubbo Station Coach Bay 1 and then to Parkes Station Coach Stop.

  • Duration1 day 13h
  • Departs4 times a week
  • Typical cost
    A$430($290)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

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3 x train
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Train

Take the train to Adelaide Parklands then Mount Victoria and then to Parkes Station.

  • Duration2 days 1h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    A$960($645)
Operated by

Multiple train operators

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car
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Drive

Drive to Parkes.

  • Duration24h 55m
  • Distance2,457km (1,526 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Alice Springs and Parkes

There are several options for getting from Alice Springs to Parkes by plane, train, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around A$430 ($290) and will take around 1 day 13h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 4h 40m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$525 ($355).

The distance between Alice Springs and Parkes is around 2,329km (1,447 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,745km (1,084 miles)

It takes around 9h 50m to get from Alice Springs and Parkes by plane and train. If you are travelling by car it will take around 24h 55m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Alice Springs to Parkes is to fly which takes around 4h 40m and will set you back approx A$525 ($355).

The cheapest way to travel between Alice Springs and Parkes, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around A$430 ($290) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

Yes there is a train service that runs between Alice Springs and Parkes. It typically takes around 2 days 1h and departs once a week.

There are no direct train services that runs from Alice Springs to Parkes. However, you can instead can take several connecting trains with a changeover in Adelaide Parklands, Mount Victoria and Lithgow Station. These services run once a week and will take a minimum of 2 days 1h.

Great Southern Rail - The Ghan, Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific and NSW TrainLink run train services between Alice Springs and Parkes. Trains depart once a week and will take around 2 days 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 Parkes. It typically takes around 1 day 13h and departs 4 times a week.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Alice Springs to Parkes. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Adelaide, Broken Hill Town Coach Stop and Dubbo Station Coach Bay 1. These services run 4 times a week and will take a minimum of 1 day 13h.

Greyhound Australia and NSW TrainLink run regular bus services between Alice Springs and Parkes. Buses run 4 times a week and take around 1 day 13h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Alice Springs and Parkes. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and arrive at Parkes (PKE) - via Sydney (SYD). The flight takes around 4hrs.

There is no direct flight from Alice Springs to Parkes. There is however a flight that goes via Sydney (SYD). This services will take at least 4h 40m (not including layover time).

The flight from Alice Springs to Parkes typically takes around 4hrs. Flights depart from Alice Springs (ASP) and and arrive into Parkes (PKE).

The closest major airport to Parkes is Parkes Airport (PKE) (PKE) which is approximately 5km (3 miles) from Parkes. Canberra International Airport (CBR) (CBR) and Sydney Airport (SYD) (SYD) 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 Parkes. The distance is around 2,457km (1,526 miles) by road and it will take around 24h 55m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Alice Springs to Parkes is to fly and then take the train which takes, on average, 9h 50m and will usually cost around A$580 ($390).

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Transport options from Alice Springs to Parkes
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly + 3 similar
4h 40m
A$525($355)
once daily2,329km (1,447 miles)
Plane and Bus5h 50m
A$610($410)
6 times a week2,469km (1,534 miles)
Fly to Canberra (CBR), bus9h 45m
A$525($355)
6 times a week2,653km (1,648 miles)
Plane and Train9h 50m
A$580($390)
twice a week2,487km (1,546 miles)
Bus
1 day 13h
A$430($290)
4 times a week2,929km (1,820 miles)
Train
2 days 1h
A$960($645)
once a week3,432km (2,133 miles)
Drive
24h 55m
A$325($220)
on demand2,457km (1,526 miles)

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Airports near Parkes

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

PKE
Parkes Airport (PKE)
Domestic Airport
Distance
5km (3 miles) from Parkes
CBR
Canberra International Airport (CBR)
International Airport
Distance
259km (161 miles) from Parkes
SYD
Sydney Airport (SYD)
International Airport
Distance
292km (182 miles) from Parkes