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

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Fly  •  8 h 23 min

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

$138 - $348

3 alternative options

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

$341 - $553

Train  •  3 days 6 h

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

$964 - $2,096

Drive  •  41 h 53 min

  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 $190 - $480 and takes 8 h 23 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Darwin is to fly which costs $190 - $480 and takes 8 h 23 min.

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

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It takes approximately 8 h 23 min to get from Sydney to Darwin, including transfers.

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

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Darwin.
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  • Distance: 1967.8 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 23 min

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

Jetstar, Qantas 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
7 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Cairns
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday, 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 10 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$290 - $700
Schedules at
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$291
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$490 - $650
Low Gold Single Cabin
$500 - $700
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$600 - $800
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
$678
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,246
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,326
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$1,567
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
$40 - $50
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
V-Line
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
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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