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

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

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

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin
Avg. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Adelaide
Avg. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Sydney
Avg. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Brisbane
Avg. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin
Avg. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Sydney
Avg. Duration
7 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Brisbane
Avg. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin
Avg. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,000
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Adelaide
Avg. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,000
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Brisbane
Avg. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,000
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Brisbane
Avg. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $240
Train operators
PTV Overland
Email
1800 800 007
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Adelaide
Avg. Duration
10 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$60 - $120
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Ready Rail
$62
Rail Saver
$90 - $100
Red Service
$105 - $120
Red Premium
$145 - $160
Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Adelaide Parklands to Darwin
Avg. Duration
2 days 5 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$700 - $1,500
Schedules at
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$731
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,344
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,430
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,690
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Adelaide
Avg. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
Avg. Duration
19 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $230
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $200
Flexifare
$160 - $230
Bus from Alice Springs to Darwin
Avg. Duration
22 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$130 - $230
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$160 - $230
V-Line
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to 85 Franklin St
Avg. Duration
11 h 50 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Melbourne to Darwin?

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

What is the cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Darwin?

The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Darwin is to fly which costs $310 and takes 7 h 58 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Melbourne to Darwin?

The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Darwin is to fly which takes 7 h 58 min and costs $310.

Is there a direct bus between Melbourne and Darwin?

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 6 h.

How long does it take to get from Melbourne to Darwin?

It takes approximately 7 h 58 min to get from Melbourne to Darwin, including transfers.