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Cheap flights to Darwin (DRW) and Top End for 2022

Everything you need to know about flying in and out of Darwin and Top End.

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Darwin International Airport (DRW) is the busiest airport in the Northern Territory, offering direct flights to dozens of international and domestic destinations.

It's your gateway to adventure in the Top End of Australia.

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Darwin's airport:
Darwin International Airport (DRW)

Get the best price:
March to May

Frequently asked questions about flights to Darwin

How much does it cost to fly to Darwin?

Nearly every major domestic airline flies to Darwin. This healthy competition means you've got a decent chance of finding a cheap fare to the Top End.

It's cheapest to fly from Adelaide. From there, you can find cheap flights to Darwin for less than $200 direct return with Jetstar. You can find flights to Darwin from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for between $300-$400 direct return with various airlines.

Airnorth is the cheapest option for those flying from Perth to Darwin with direct return flights costing from around $400. As a popular destination, Darwin usually features from time to time in weekly flight sales and special Northern Territory flight sales.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Darwin?

March to May is the cheapest time to fly to Darwin. Outside of the April school holidays, this period is a good time to travel. There is higher rainfall during this period as it's the wet season in Darwin, but the rain brings a certain beauty to the Top End as it renews the land and plant life and provides water for the animals that live there.

We think mid-June to mid-September is the best time to visit Darwin for weather and activities. However, July and August are considered to be the high season, which means it's the most expensive time to fly to Darwin.

Cheapest months to fly:

March to May

Priciest months to fly:

July and August

How long does it take to fly to Darwin?

Here's approximately how long it takes to fly to Darwin via these cities. Where direct flights don't exist, we've listed the approximate fastest connecting flight.

  • Adelaide: 3 hours, 45 minutes direct
  • Alice Springs: 2 hours direct
  • Cairns: 2 hours, 33 minutes direct
  • Canberra: 4 hours, 35 minutes with a stopover
  • Hobart: 6 hours, 45 minutes with a stopover
  • Melbourne: 4 hours, 30 minutes direct
  • Perth: 3 hours, 35 minutes direct
  • Sydney: 4 hours, 35 minutes direct

Which airlines fly direct to Darwin?

You can fly direct to Darwin via these airlines and locations.

  • Airnorth: Alice Springs, Broome, Cairns, Elcho Island, Gove, Groote Eylandt, Katherine, Kununurra, Maningrida, McArthur River Mine, Milingimbi Island, Perth and Townsville
  • Alliance Airlines: The Granites and Groote Eylandt
  • Jetstar: Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne and Sydney
  • Qantas: Adelaide, Alice Springs, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney
  • Virgin Australia: Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney

What's the best airline to fly to Darwin?

  • Best for price: Jetstar typically flies to Darwin for the lowest price.
  • Best for extra inclusions: Qantas includes 23kg checked baggage, seat selection and refreshments with the cost of your ticket.
  • Best for frequent flyer rewards: Earn points when you fly with Qantas (Qantas Frequent Flyer) or Virgin (Velocity Frequent Flyer). You can earn Qantas Points from eligible Jetstar flights.

How many points do I need to fly to Darwin?

Departure cityPoints required for a return Qantas flightPoints required for a return Virgin flight
Alice Springs24,00023,600
Cairns19,200Not available
Gold Coast36,000Not available
*These points were calculated in June 2020 and are subject to change and increase based on demand on your preferred travel dates.

Want to earn a free flight to Darwin?

These frequent flyer credit card offers can give you more than enough bonus points for a complimentary flight (minus applicable taxes) to Darwin International Airport (DRW) from major cities across Australia.

NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card

Up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points
Discounted $295 first year annual fee

Offer may be withdrawn at any time

Eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, fees and charges apply


American Express Velocity Platinum Card

Receive 100,000 bonus Velocity Points

Offer may be withdrawn at any time

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How far in advance should I book my flights to Darwin?

Darwin pricing data from KAYAK suggests that the cost of flights to Darwin is cheapest around 70 days prior to your travel date.

KAYAK recommends booking your flights at least 6 weeks prior to your departure for a cheaper than average fare.

Where is the airport in Darwin?

Darwin International Airport (DRW) is the closest commercial airport to the city. It's located 16 minutes (11.9 km) from the city centre.

The airport shuttle bus is a door-to-door service that runs from Sunday to Friday from 10am to 6pm (varying depending on flight times) starting from $15 one way. Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty are the car rental companies available at the arrivals area on the ground floor of the terminal. You can book in advance with Jayride or take an Uber or taxi from the airport to your accommodation.

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