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

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Fly  •  5h 16m

  1. Fly from Adelaide (ADL) to Darwin (DRW) ADL - DRW

$140 - $295

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Bus  •  44h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs Gx580
  2. Take the bus from Alice Springs to Darwin Gx880

$245 - $404

Train  •  2 days 5h

  1. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Darwin The Ghan

$685 - $1,323

Drive  •  29h 20m

  1. Drive from Adelaide to Darwin 1891.8 miles

$270 - $390

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The cheapest way to get from Adelaide to Darwin is to fly which costs $190 - $420 and takes 5h 16m.

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The quickest way to get from Adelaide to Darwin is to fly which costs $190 - $420 and takes 5h 16m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Adelaide to Darwin. However, there are services departing from Adelaide and arriving at Darwin via Alice Springs. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 44h 35m.

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The distance between Adelaide and Darwin is 2618 km. The road distance is 3026.8 km.

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The best way to get from Adelaide to Darwin without a car is to bus which takes 44h 35m and costs $340 - $600.

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It takes approximately 5h 16m to get from Adelaide to Darwin, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Adelaide to Darwin is to fly which takes 5h 16m and costs $190 - $420. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $340 - $600 and takes 44h 35m, you could also train, which costs $950 - $1,900 and takes 2 days 5h.

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The quickest flight from Adelaide Airport to Darwin Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h 40m.

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

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Map of how to get from Adelaide to Darwin.
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  • Distance: 1636.1 miles
  • Duration: 5h 16m

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

Jetstar, Qantas and two other airlines fly from Adelaide to Darwin every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Adelaide to Darwin via Alice Springs in around 44h 35m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Adelaide to Darwin
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Adelaide to Darwin via Ayers Rock
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $950
Flights from Adelaide to Darwin via Sydney
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $950
Flights from Adelaide to Darwin via Perth
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$280 - $950
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Adelaide to Darwin via Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from Adelaide to Darwin via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from Adelaide to Darwin via Sydney
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from Adelaide to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Adelaide to Darwin
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Adelaide to Darwin via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Adelaide to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $360
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 Darwin
Ave. Duration
2 days 5h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$650 - $1,300
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Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$661
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,216
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,294
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,529
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 and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
21h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210
Bus from Alice Springs to Darwin
Ave. Duration
22h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $200
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$140 - $200

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Darwin is 1h behind Adelaide. It is currently 6:56 PM in Adelaide and 5:56 PM in Darwin.

Yes, the driving distance between Adelaide to Darwin is 3027 km. It takes approximately 29h 20m to drive from Adelaide to Darwin.

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Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia offer flights from Adelaide Airport to Darwin Airport.

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There are 134+ hotels available in Darwin. Prices start at $60 USD per night.

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

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