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There are 7 ways to get from Canberra to Darwin by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly from Canberra  •  7 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Canberra (CBR) to Darwin (DRW) CBR - DRW

$300 - $376

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Bus to Sydney, fly  •  8 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Canberra to Sydney Airport T1
  2. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Darwin (DRW) SYD - DRW

$171 - $394

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Bus  •  2 days 17 h

  1. Take the bus from Canberra to Albury station
  2. Take the bus from Albury to 85 Franklin St
  3. Take the bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
  4. Take the bus from Alice Springs to Darwin

$322 - $546

Bus, train  •  3 days 2 h

  1. Take the bus from Canberra to Albury station
  2. Take the bus from Albury to 85 Franklin St
  3. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Darwin

$759 - $1,468

Bus, train via Southern Cross  •  3 days 2 h

  1. Take the bus from Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row to Yass Junction, Coach Bay 781
  2. Take the train from Yass Junction to Southern Cross 621 / ...
  3. Take the train from Southern Cross to Adelaide
  4. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Darwin

$775 - $1,587

Train  •  3 days 13 h

  1. Take the train from Canberra Station to Central Station 634 / ...
  2. Take the train from Sydney to Adelaide Parklands
  3. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Darwin

$985 - $2,027

Drive  •  40 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Canberra to Darwin 2525.1 miles

$360 - $550

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The cheapest way to get from Canberra to Darwin is to bus and fly which costs $240 - $600 and takes 8 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Canberra to Darwin is to fly which costs $420 - $550 and takes 7 h 51 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Canberra to Darwin. However, there are services departing from Canberra and arriving at Darwin via Albury, Adelaide and Alice Springs. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 17 h.

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The distance between Canberra and Darwin is 3134 km. The road distance is 4040.2 km.

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The best way to get from Canberra to Darwin without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 17 h and costs $450 - $800.

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It takes approximately 7 h 51 min to get from Canberra to Darwin, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Canberra to Darwin is to fly which takes 7 h 51 min and costs $420 - $550. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $450 - $800 and takes 2 days 17 h, you could also train, which costs $1,300 - $2,900 and takes 3 days 13 h.

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There is no direct flight from Canberra Airport to Darwin Airport. The quickest flight takes 6 h 25 min and has one stopover.

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

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Map of how to get from Canberra to Darwin.
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  • Distance: 1958.5 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 51 min

What companies run services between Canberra, ACT, Australia and Darwin, NT, Australia?

Qantas, Virgin Australia and two other airlines fly from Canberra to Darwin hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Canberra to Darwin via Albury station, Albury, 85 Franklin St, Adelaide, and Alice Springs in around 2 days 17 h.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday
Estimated price
$320 - $750
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Sydney
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $700
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
7 h 57 min
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $750
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Sydney, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
9 h 10 min
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $750
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $600
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $600
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 52 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $650
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $350
Flights from Sydney to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $480
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $270
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 5 h
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
XPT
Phone
132 232
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Yass Junction to Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
7 h 8 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $140
Book at
transportnsw.info
Economy
$40 - $60
First
$60 - $80
Sleeper
$120 - $140
PTV Overland
Email
1800 800 007
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
10 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
Public Transport Victoria
Ready Rail
$57
Rail Saver
$84 - $90
Red Service
$95 - $110
Red Premium
$130 - $145
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Canberra Station to Central Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 14 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$29 - $45
1st Class
$40 - $60
Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Sydney to Adelaide Parklands
Ave. Duration
24 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$280 - $650
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Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$284
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$480 - $650
Low Gold Single Cabin
$500 - $650
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$600 - $800
Bus operators
Murrays Coaches
Phone
(61) 13 22 51
Email
reservations@murrays.com.au
Website
murrays.com.au
Bus from Canberra to Sydney Airport T1
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
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Murrays Coaches
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 Canberra to Albury station
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $55
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$27 - $40
Flexifare
$35 - $55
Bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
21 h 30 min
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
22 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $200
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$140 - $200
V-Line

V/Line is the largest provider of passenger rail and coach services in regional Victoria, Australia. Train and coach services cater to destinations across regional areas from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne city. Myki is used for travel to and from V/Line stations located between Melbourne and Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour, while paper tickets must be used on long distance services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have meal trays, larger reclining seats with more leg room, and approximately 52 seats in each carriage, compared to 88 in Economy Class.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Bus from Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave to Albury
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Bus from Albury to 85 Franklin St
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row to Yass Junction, Coach Bay
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
Transport NSW

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Darwin is 1 h 30 min behind Canberra. It is currently 11:58 PM in Canberra and 10:28 PM in Darwin.

Yes, the driving distance between Canberra to Darwin is 4040 km. It takes approximately 40 h 32 min to drive from Canberra to Darwin.

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

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There are 133+ hotels available in Darwin. Prices start at $60 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Canberra to Canberra Airport is to line 11 bus which takes 14 min and costs $2 - $5.

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