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

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Fly  •  8 h

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

$129 - $509

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Bus  •  2 days 8 h

  1. Take the bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to 85 Franklin St
  2. Take the bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
  3. Take the bus from Alice Springs to Darwin

$294 - $494

Train  •  2 days 16 h

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

$731 - $1,536

Bus, train  •  2 days 18 h

  1. Take the bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to 85 Franklin St Adelaide - Melbourne Via Nhill & Bendigo
  2. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Darwin The Ghan

$731 - $1,506

Drive  •  37 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Darwin 2345.1 miles

$330 - $490

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Darwin is to fly which costs $170 - $750 and takes 8 h.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Darwin is to fly which costs $170 - $750 and takes 8 h.

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The distance between Melbourne and Darwin is 3148 km. The road distance is 3752.1 km.

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Darwin. However, there are services departing from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St and arriving at Darwin via Adelaide and Alice Springs. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 8 h.

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Darwin Airport is the direct flight which takes 4 h 15 min.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Darwin.
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  • Distance: 1967.6 miles
  • Duration: 8 h

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 85 Franklin St, Adelaide, and Alice Springs in around 2 days 8 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
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
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4 h 33 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 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Perth
Ave. Duration
9 h 10 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, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,000
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,000
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h
When
Monday 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
Ave. Duration
10 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.au
Ready Rail
$58
Rail Saver
$86 - $91
Red Service
$100 - $110
Red Premium
$135 - $150
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
$650 - $1,400
Schedules at
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$673
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,238
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,318
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,557
Bus operators
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
$50 - $75
Schedules at
ptv.vic.gov.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
$120 - $210
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210
Bus from Alice Springs to Darwin
Ave. Duration
22 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$140 - $210

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