COVID-19 Travel restrictions may apply in Australia. Learn More.

There are 4 ways to get from Adelaide to Alice Springs by plane, bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly  •  3h 47m

  1. Fly from Adelaide (ADL) to Alice Springs (ASP) ADL - ASP

$218 - $598

Cheapest option

Bus  •  20h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs Gx580

$210 - $400

2 alternative options

Train  •  25h 30m

  1. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Alice Springs The Ghan

$480 - $1,000

Drive  •  15h 16m

  1. Drive from Adelaide to Alice Springs 1533.9 km

$170 - $250

Adelaide to Alice Springs by bus

The bus journey time between Adelaide and Alice Springs is around 19h 30m and covers a distance of around 1536 km. The fastest bus normally takes 19h 30m. Services are operated by Greyhound Australia. Typically eight buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Adelaide to Alice Springs bus schedules

Adelaide → Alice Springs
Partially open

Travel safe during COVID-19

Rules to follow in Australia

1.5m

Regional advice

Travel within Australia

Regional restriction measures in place
Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

COVID-19 help in Australia

If you need help, visit the national COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 Helpline 1800 020 080

Frequently Asked Questions


There are currently travel restrictions within Australia.

Explore options for future travel

Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

Explore travel options

The national COVID-19 helpline number in Alice Springs is 1800 020 080.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Alice Springs is subject to regional advice.

The social distance requirement in Alice Springs is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1800 020 080.

Last updated: 9 May 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Department of Home Affairs.

We're working around the clock to bring you the latest COVID-19 travel updates.
This information is compiled from official sources. To the best of our knowledge, it is correct as of the last update.
Visit Rome2rio travel advice for general help.

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Adelaide to Alice Springs is to drive which costs $170 - $250 and takes 15h 16m.

More details

The quickest way to get from Adelaide to Alice Springs is to fly which costs $210 - $600 and takes 3h 47m.

More details

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Adelaide and arriving at Alice Springs. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 20h 30m.

More details

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Adelaide Parklands and arriving at Alice Springs. Services depart once a week, and operate Sunday. The journey takes approximately 25h 30m.

More details

The distance between Adelaide and Alice Springs is 1329 km. The road distance is 1533.9 km.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Adelaide to Alice Springs without a car is to bus which takes 20h 30m and costs $210 - $400.

More details

It takes approximately 3h 47m to get from Adelaide to Alice Springs, including transfers.

More details

Adelaide to Alice Springs bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, depart from Adelaide station.

More details

Adelaide to Alice Springs train services, operated by Great Southern Rail - The Ghan, depart from Adelaide Parklands station.

More details

The best way to get from Adelaide to Alice Springs is to fly which takes 3h 47m and costs $210 - $600. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $210 - $400 and takes 20h 30m, you could also train, which costs $480 - $1,000 and takes 25h 30m.

Mode details

Map of how to get from Adelaide to Alice Springs.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 1329.4 km
  • Duration: 3h 47m

What companies run services between Adelaide, SA, Australia and Alice Springs, NT, Australia?

Virgin Australia flies from Adelaide to Alice Springs 3 times a week. Alternatively, Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs once daily. Tickets cost $210 - $400 and the journey takes 20h 30m.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Adelaide to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Train operators
Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Adelaide Parklands to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
25h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$480 - $1,000
Book at
Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$487
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$895
Low Gold Single Cabin
$981
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,162
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long-distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland, although service is limited in Western Australia with just a single route to Broome. Buses are equipped for long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers, reclining seats and an onboard bathroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
20h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$210 - $400
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$210 - $310
Advantage
$250 - $370
Premium
$270 - $400

Want to know more about travelling around Australia

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

More Questions & Answers

The quickest flight from Adelaide Airport to Alice Springs Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 10m.

Search flights

Adelaide to Alice Springs bus services, operated by Greyhound Australia, arrive at Alice Springs station.

More details

Adelaide to Alice Springs train services, operated by Great Southern Rail - The Ghan, arrive at Alice Springs station.

More details

Yes, the driving distance between Adelaide to Alice Springs is 1534 km. It takes approximately 15h 16m to drive from Adelaide to Alice Springs.

Get driving directions

Virgin Australia offers flights from Adelaide Airport to Alice Springs Airport.

Search flights

There are 41+ hotels available in Alice Springs. Prices start at $125 AUD per night.

More details

The best way to get from Adelaide to Adelaide Airport is to bus which takes 18 min and costs $4.

More details