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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly  •  8 h

  1. MEL - DRW

$130 - $510

4 alternative options

Bus  •  2 days 8 h

$304 - $492

Train  •  2 days 16 h

  1. Overland
  2. The Ghan

$785 - $1,543

Bus, train  •  2 days 18 h

  1. Melbourne - Adelaide Via Bendigo & Nhill
  2. The Ghan

$784 - $1,511

Drive  •  37 h 20 min

  1. 2345.1 miles

$330 - $490

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

Jetstar, Virgin Australia and two other airlines 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 8 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Sydney
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Cairns
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Sydney
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Perth
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,000
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,000
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $240
Train operators
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 - $120
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Ready Rail
$60
Rail Saver
$90 - $95
Red Service
$105 - $115
Red Premium
$140 - $155
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
$702
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,291
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,374
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,624
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Adelaide
Ave. Duration
11 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
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
$150 - $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 Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to 85 Franklin St
Ave. Duration
11 h 50 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Melbourne and Darwin is 3148 km. The road distance is 3752 km.

The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Darwin is to fly which costs $170 - $700 and takes 8 h.

The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Darwin is to fly which takes 8 h and costs $170 - $700.

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 8 h.

It takes approximately 8 h to get from Melbourne to Darwin, including transfers.