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There are 5 ways to get from Melbourne to Darwin by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  5h 58m

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Darwin (DRW) MEL - DRW

$238 - $1,358

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Bus  •  2 days 6h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Adelaide
  2. Take the bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
  3. Take the bus from Alice Springs to Darwin

$430 - $705

Train  •  2 days 17h

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Adelaide Overland
  2. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Darwin The Ghan

$1,014 - $2,093

Bus, train  •  2 days 18h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Adelaide Fe80 / ...
  2. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Darwin The Ghan

$999 - $2,014

Drive  •  37h 18m

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Darwin 3751.6 km

$480 - $700

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Darwin is to fly which costs $230 - $1,400 and takes 5h 58m.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Darwin is to fly which costs $230 - $1,400 and takes 5h 58m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Darwin. However, there are services departing from Melbourne and arriving at Darwin via Adelaide and Alice Springs. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 6h.

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The distance between Melbourne and Darwin is 3148 km. The road distance is 3751.6 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Darwin without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 6h and costs $430 - $750.

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It takes approximately 5h 58m to get from Melbourne to Darwin, including transfers.

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Melbourne to Darwin bus services, operated by Firefly Express, depart from Melbourne station.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Darwin is to fly which takes 5h 58m and costs $230 - $1,400. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $430 - $750 and takes 2 days 6h, you could also train, which costs $1,000 - $2,100 and takes 2 days 17h.

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Darwin Airport is the direct flight which takes 4h 25m.

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

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Darwin.
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  • Distance: 3148.2 km
  • Duration: 5h 58m

What companies run services between Melbourne, VIC, Australia and Darwin, NT, Australia?

Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia fly from Melbourne to Darwin hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Melbourne to Darwin via Adelaide and Alice Springs in around 2 days 6h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $450
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Sydney
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $550
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $600
Train operators
PTV Overland
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 6h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$900 - $1,900
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Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$931
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,712
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,822
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$2,153
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
10h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $65
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
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
3 times a week
Estimated price
$190 - $320
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$190 - $240
Premium
$240 - $320
Advantage
$250 - $300
Bus from Alice Springs to Darwin
Ave. Duration
22h 5m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$180 - $320
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$180 - $240
Premium
$230 - $320
Advantage
$250 - $300

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Darwin is 30 min behind Melbourne. It is currently 1:14 PM in Melbourne and 12:44 PM in Darwin.

Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Darwin is 3752 km. It takes approximately 37h 18m to drive from Melbourne to Darwin.

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

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There are 119+ hotels available in Darwin. Prices start at $150 AUD per night.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Melbourne Airport is to bus which takes 21 min and costs $18.

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