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

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Fly  •  6h 4m

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

$150 - $365

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Bus  •  2 days 18h

  1. Take the bus from Central Station to Albury
  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

$344 - $573

Train  •  3 days 7h

  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  •  41h 53m

  1. Drive from Sydney to Darwin 2457.6 miles

$350 - $550

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The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Darwin is to fly which costs $210 - $550 and takes 6h 4m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Darwin is to fly which costs $210 - $550 and takes 6h 4m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sydney station to Darwin. However, there are services departing from Central Station and arriving at Darwin via Albury, Adelaide and Alice Springs. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 18h.

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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 18h and costs $480 - $850.

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It takes approximately 6h 4m to get from Sydney to Darwin, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Sydney to Darwin is to fly which takes 6h 4m and costs $210 - $550. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $480 - $850 and takes 2 days 18h, you could also train, which costs $1,300 - $2,800 and takes 3 days 7h.

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Darwin Airport is the direct flight which takes 4h 30m.

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

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Darwin.
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  • Distance: 1967.8 miles
  • Duration: 6h 4m

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, 85 Franklin St, Adelaide, and Alice Springs in around 2 days 18h.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $480
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday 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
24h 45m
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 5h
Frequency
Once 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
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 Central Station to Albury
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $80
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Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$40 - $65
Flexifare
$55 - $80
Bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
21h 30m
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
22h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $200
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$140 - $200
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
14h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/

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Darwin is 1h 30m behind Sydney. It is currently 9:53 AM in Sydney and 8:23 AM in Darwin.

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

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

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There are 133+ hotels available in Darwin. Prices start at $60 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Sydney Airport is to train which takes 22m and costs $17.

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