There are 4 ways to get from Sydney to Darwin by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  6 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Darwin (DRW) SYD - DRW

$150 - $365

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Bus  •  2 days 19 h

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Albury station
  2. Take the bus from Albury to 85 Franklin St
  3. Take the bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
  4. Take the bus from Alice Springs to Darwin

$340 - $542

Train  •  3 days 7 h

  1. Take the train from Sydney to Adelaide Parklands Indian Pacific
  2. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Darwin The Ghan

$957 - $1,980

Drive  •  41 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Sydney to Darwin 2457.6 miles

$350 - $550

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No, there is no direct bus from Sydney to Darwin. However, there are services departing from Sydney and arriving at Darwin via Albury, Adelaide and Alice Springs. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 19 h.

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The distance between Sydney and Darwin is 3148 km. The road distance is 3932.1 km.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Darwin without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 19 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 10 min to get from Sydney to Darwin, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Sydney to Darwin is to fly which takes 6 h 10 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 2 days 19 h, you could also train, which costs and takes 3 days 7 h.

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Darwin Airport is the direct flight which takes 4 h 35 min.

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

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Darwin is 30 min behind Sydney. It is currently 3:39 AM in Sydney and 2:09 AM in Darwin.

Yes, the driving distance between Sydney to Darwin is 3932 km. It takes approximately 41 h 53 min to drive from Sydney to Darwin.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Darwin.
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  • Distance: 1967.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 10 min

What companies run services between Sydney, NSW, Australia and Darwin, NT, Australia?

Jetstar, Virgin Australia and three other airlines fly from Sydney to Darwin hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Sydney to Darwin via Albury station, Albury, 85 Franklin St, Adelaide, and Alice Springs in around 2 days 19 h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $500
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Cairns
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $480
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Cairns
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $270
Train operators
Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Sydney to Adelaide Parklands
Ave. Duration
24 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$280 - $650
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Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$284
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$480 - $650
Low Gold Single Cabin
$500 - $650
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$600 - $800
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 5 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$650 - $1,300
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Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$661
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,216
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,294
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,529
Bus operators
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Albury station
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
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.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Bus from Albury to 85 Franklin St
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
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
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 - $200
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$140 - $200

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

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There are 139+ hotels available in Darwin. Prices start at $70 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Sydney Airport is to train which takes 23 min and costs .

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