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

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Fly  •  4 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Alice Springs (ASP) MEL - ASP

$243 - $688

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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 - $495

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 - $1,537

Bus, train  •  2 days 18 h

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

$731 - $1,507

Drive  •  37 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Darwin 2345.1 miles

$330 - $490

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Northern Territory is to fly which costs $330 - $950 and takes 4 h 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Northern Territory is to fly which costs $330 - $950 and takes 4 h 28 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Melbourne to Northern Territory. 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 distance between Melbourne and Northern Territory is 2297 km. The road distance is 3752.1 km.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Northern Territory without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 8 h and costs $400 - $700.

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It takes approximately 4 h 28 min to get from Melbourne to Northern Territory, including transfers.

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Melbourne to Northern Territory bus services, operated by V-Line, depart from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St station.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Northern Territory is to fly which takes 4 h 28 min and costs $330 - $950. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $400 - $700 and takes 2 days 8 h, you could also train, which costs $1,000 - $2,200 and takes 2 days 16 h.

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Alice Springs Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 55 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Northern Territory.
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  • Distance: 1435.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 28 min

What companies run services between Melbourne, VIC, Australia and Northern Territory, Australia?

Qantas and Virgin Australia fly from Melbourne to Gillen every 4 hours. 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 Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
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 - $92
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
$677
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,246
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,326
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,566
Bus operators
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.

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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

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 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
$150 - $210

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Northern Territory is 30 min behind Melbourne. It is currently 4:23 AM in Melbourne and 3:53 AM in Northern Territory.

Yes, the driving distance between Melbourne to Northern Territory is 3752 km. It takes approximately 37 h 20 min to drive from Melbourne to Northern Territory.

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Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Alice Springs Airport.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Melbourne Airport is to bus which takes 20 min and costs $18.

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