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

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Fly  •  7h 25m

  1. Fly from Darwin (DRW) to Sydney (SYD) DRW - SYD

$137 - $347

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Bus  •  2 days 18h

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

$337 - $545

Train  •  3 days 1h

  1. Take the train from Darwin to Adelaide Parklands The Ghan
  2. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Sydney Indian Pacific

$954 - $1,979

Drive  •  41h 55m

  1. Drive from Darwin to Sydney 2458.8 miles

$350 - $550

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The cheapest way to get from Darwin to Sydney is to fly which costs $190 - $490 and takes 7h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Darwin to Sydney is to fly which costs $190 - $490 and takes 7h 25m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Darwin to Sydney. However, there are services departing from Darwin and arriving at Sydney via Alice Springs, 85 Franklin St and Albury station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 18h.

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The distance between Darwin and Sydney is 3148 km. The road distance is 3934.1 km.

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The best way to get from Darwin to Sydney without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 18h and costs $470 - $800.

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It takes approximately 7h 25m to get from Darwin to Sydney, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Darwin to Sydney is to fly which takes 7h 25m and costs $190 - $490. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $470 - $800 and takes 2 days 18h, you could also train, which costs $1,300 - $2,800 and takes 3 days 1h.

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The quickest flight from Darwin Airport to Sydney Airport is the direct flight which takes 4h 20m.

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Darwin to Sydney bus services, operated by Firefly Express, arrive at Sydney station.

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Map of how to get from Darwin to Sydney.
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  • Distance: 1967.8 miles
  • Duration: 7h 25m

What companies run services between Darwin, NT, Australia and Sydney, NSW, Australia?

Jetstar, Qantas and three other airlines fly from Darwin to Sydney hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Darwin to Sydney via Alice Springs, Adelaide, 85 Franklin St, and Albury station in around 2 days 18h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Darwin to Sydney
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $480
Flights from Darwin to Sydney via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Darwin to Sydney via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Darwin to Sydney via Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Darwin to Sydney via Cairns
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Flights from Darwin to Sydney via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Darwin to Sydney
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Flights from Darwin to Sydney via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Flights from Darwin to Sydney via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Flights from Darwin to Sydney via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Flights from Darwin to Sydney via Cairns
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Darwin to Sydney
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Flights from Darwin to Sydney via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Flights from Darwin to Sydney via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
7h 12m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Darwin to Sydney via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$200 - $230
Train operators
Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Darwin to Adelaide Parklands
Ave. Duration
47h 50m
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
Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Adelaide Parklands to Sydney
Ave. Duration
24h 45m
Frequency
Twice 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
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 Darwin to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
21h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $200
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$140 - $200
Bus from Alice Springs to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
19h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210
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 85 Franklin St to Albury
Ave. Duration
14h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Albury station to Sydney
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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Sydney is 1h 30m ahead of Darwin. It is currently 4:57 PM in Darwin and 6:27 PM in Sydney.

Yes, the driving distance between Darwin to Sydney is 3934 km. It takes approximately 41h 55m to drive from Darwin to Sydney.

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

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