How to get from Canberra to Darwin

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Recommended option

Fly from Canberra  •  10 h 22 min

  1. CBR - DRW

$309 - $352

Cheapest option

Bus to Sydney, fly  •  11 h

  1. SYD - DRW

$149 - $382

5 alternative options

Bus  •  2 days 15 h

$344 - $563

Bus, train  •  3 days 2 h

$812 - $1,557

Bus, train via Southern Cross  •  3 days 2 h

  1. 781
  2. 623 / ...

$836 - $1,709

Train  •  3 days 13 h

  1. 634 / ...

$1,058 - $2,180

Drive  •  40 h 32 min

  1. 2525.1 miles

$360 - $550

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

Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar fly from Canberra to Darwin hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Canberra to Darwin via Albury, 85 Franklin St, Adelaide, and Alice Springs in around 2 days 15 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $850
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $600
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$360 - $900
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$300 - $350
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Melbourne, Sydney
Ave. Duration
9 h 10 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$390 - $900
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$370 - $900
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$420 - $950
Flights from Sydney to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $500
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Cairns
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $750
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Sydney
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $700
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$320 - $750
Flights from Canberra to Darwin via Sydney, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $270
Train operators
Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Adelaide Parklands to Darwin
Ave. Duration
2 days 5 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$700 - $1,400
Schedules at
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$708
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,302
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,385
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,637
XPT
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Yass Junction to Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $150
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$45 - $60
First
$65 - $85
Sleeper
$130 - $150
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
$60 - $120
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Ready Rail
$60
Rail Saver
$90 - $96
Red Service
$105 - $115
Red Premium
$140 - $155
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
$30 - $45
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$30 - $45
1st Class
$40 - $65
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 10 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$300 - $700
Schedules at
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$304
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$500 - $700
Low Gold Single Cabin
$500 - $700
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$600 - $850
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Canberra to Sydney International Airport
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $50
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$23 - $35
Flexifare
$30 - $50
Bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$160 - $220
Bus from Alice Springs to Darwin
Ave. Duration
22 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$150 - $220
V-Line
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
$24 - $35
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Bus from Albury to 85 Franklin St
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.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
$6 - $9
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Canberra and Darwin is 3134 km. The road distance is 4040 km.

The cheapest way to get from Canberra to Darwin is to bus and fly which costs $190 - $500 and takes 11 h.

The quickest way to get from Canberra to Darwin is to fly which takes 10 h 22 min and costs $400 - $470.

No, there is no direct bus from Canberra to Darwin. However, there are services departing from Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave and arriving at Darwin via Albury, Adelaide and Alice Springs. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 15 h.

It takes approximately 10 h 22 min to get from Canberra to Darwin, including transfers.