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Getting There

Rail: Darwin is linked by rail to the rest of Australia via a 2979 kilometre railway line between Darwin and Adelaide. The Ghan passenger train operates on this line with stops at Katherine and Alice Springs. The Ghan runs twice every week in both directions between May and November, with one service a week in each direction at other times.

Air: Australia's main domestic carriers operate daily services to and from Darwin from all other Capital Cities and selected larger airports like Cairns. Some services are direct, others are via other destinations eg. Darwin to Sydney via Brisbane. Darwin international Airport has immigration and customs processing facilities, being the northern gateway to Australia.

Road (coach): Numerous operators provide coach services between Perth and Darwin via Geraldton, Carnarvon, Exmouth, Dampier, Broome and Kununurra; and Adelaide via Alice Springs, Coober Pedy, Woomera and Port Augusta. The main coach terminal in Darwin is the Transit Centre in Mitchell Street. All interstate coaches, airport and railway station shuttle buses and local coach tours depart from and arrive at this terminal.

Road (private motor vehicle): Darwin is linked by road to the major towns of the Northern Territory, and to the rest of Australia by the Stuart Highway. This highway is sealed all the way to Adelaide via Alice Springs.
The main route to the Kimberley region of WA is via Stuart Highway to Katherine, and then via Victoria Highway to Kununurra and Wyndham. The route to Mt. Isa and western Qld is via Stuart Highway to Threeways, near Tennant Creek, then via Barkly Highway.

Travel Times & Distances

By Air

Interstate & Intrastate

  • Darwin - Perth: 3 hours 55 minutes
  • Darwin - Alice Springs: 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Darwin - Sydney: 5 hours 5 minutes
  • Darwin - Melbourne: 4 hours 40 minutes
  • Darwin - Alice Springs: 2 hours
  • Darwin - Adelaide: 3 hours 35 minutes
  • Darwin - Brisbane: 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Darwin - Cairns: 2 hours 30 minutes


  • Darwin - Singapore: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Darwin - London: 20 hours

By Road

Within Northern Territory

  • Darwin - Katherine: 314 km (3 hrs. 30 mins.)
  • Darwin - Kakadu NP: 252 km (3 hrs. 30 mins.)
  • Darwin - Litchfield NP: 135 km (2 hrs.)
  • Darwin - Tennant Creek: 959 km (1 day)
  • Darwin - Alice Springs: 1,490 km (2 days)
  • Darwin - Uluru: 1,938 km (2 1/2 days)


  • Darwin - Perth: 4,163 km (6 days)
  • Darwin - Adelaide: 3,042 km (4 days)
  • Darwin - Melbourne: 3,749 km (5 days)
  • Darwin - Canberra: 4,170 km (5 days)
  • Darwin - Sydney: 3,991 km (5 days)
  • Darwin - Brisbane: 3,399 km (4 days)
  • Darwin - Cairns: 2,885 km (4 days)
  • Darwin - Broome: 1,841 km (3 days)
  • Darwin - Mt. Isa: 1,602 km (2 days)

By Rail

  • Darwin - Alice Springs: 24 hours 30 mins. (includes a 5 hour stopover at Katherine)
  • Alice Springs - Adelaide: 25 hours 25 mins.
Getting Around

Darwin is a city that is geared towards road transport. Except for the lesser roads beyond the city limits, roads in and around Darwin are sealed, traffic is light by southern capital city standards and it is easy to get around by car.

Public Transport: A fleet of buses link the suburbs of Darwin to the city centre. A shuttle bus operates between the Darwin Rail Terminal and the Transit Centre in Mitchell Street.
Suburban buses leave from the terminal on Harry Chan Avenue, and offer different fares depending upon the zone in which you plan to travel within. The following buses are the major bus routes:
Bus No 4: Casuarina, Fannie Bay, Nightcliff and Rapid Creek
Bus No 5: Casuarina via Berrimah
Bus No 6: Fannie Bay, Parap and Stuart Park
Bus No 8: Palmerston via Berrimah
Bus Timetables

Taxis: taxis operate in and around Darwin. You may be asked to pay your fare in advance, and the same fare applies to both a group or single person.  There is no extra charge for luggage. Taxis may be hailed kerbside in city streets or from taxi ranks in the city and at major shopping centres.

To and from Darwin Airport: Darwin Airport is 12 km from the city centre. A taxi rank at the airport has taxis around the clock. A 24-hour shuttle bus service operates between Darwin Airport and the major hotels in the city centre or its peripherals.

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