DarwinTransportAndGettingAround

Local Darwin transport and how to get around Top End

Discover the cheapest and best ways to get around Darwin, from airport transfers to car hire, to other destinations in the Top End.

The Top End has a comprehensive bus network that connects Darwin with other towns in the area.

Walking and cycling are also great ways to explore Darwin if you are travelling in winter. The city of Darwin is quite compact, so commuting on foot between attractions such as Mindil Beach Market, the War Memorial and the Marina is not difficult on foot.

However, for those looking to visit the far-flung areas of Top End, renting a car might be the best option.


Darwin and Top End public transport

Types of transport: Public buses in and around Darwin are run by Darwinbus. They are affordable, comfortable and connect all major attractions of Darwin as well as the Palmerston and Casuarina suburbs. Alternatively, you can take the “TourTub”, a hop-on-hop-off open tourist bus that goes around the city.

Paying for transport: A single ticket costs $3 which allows you to travel for three hours on any bus route. There are also options for unlimited daily and weekly passes, costing $7 and $20 respectively.

Getting to and from the airport: Buslink buses can get you from Darwin Airport to the CBD.

Best apps for getting around: With NT Bus Tracker, you can search buses, view schedules and track buses in real time.


Taxis and Uber

Taxi: Taxis can be hailed in Darwin from the streets, taxi ranks or can be pre-booked online and over a phone.

Uber: Uber doesn’t operate in Northern Territory.


Darwin and Top End car hire rental companies

Hiring and driving a car in the Top End is a fun-filled adventure. With a private vehicle, you have the liberty to explore remote areas that are not generally accessible by public transport or taxis.

Car rental desks of major car hire services like Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty are available on the ground floor of Darwin Airport.

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Darwin and Top End car hire deals

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Earn double Qantas points with your boking

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Third day free car hire

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Valid for hire until 16 December 2017 across Australia. Minimum of 3 consecutive days. Restrictions apply.

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Get one free day on 5-day rentals

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Valid for pick-ups until 28 February 2018 any day of the week. Valid across Australia.

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Get one day free on weekend rentals

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Valid for pick ups until 28 February 2018. Book a car for three days over a weekend and pay for just two. Valid across Australia.

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15% off Audi rentals

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Valid for pick-ups until 1 December 2018-31 January 2018. Valid across Australia.

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20% off car hire

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Valid on select dates. Minimum of 7-day rentals across Australia. T&C's apply.

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$30 off car hire

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Valid until 16 December 2017. in Australia. Minimum of 5-day rent or more.

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Up to 20% off advance bookings

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Valid on hires booked at least 21 days in advance for two days or longer until 15 December. Available on pick-ups in Australia and New Zealand.

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$1/day one-way car hire Valid on select dates on select car hire relocations in Australia. Destinations updated regularly.

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Free upgrades on select car hires

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Valid until 15 December 2018 on economy manual, compact automatic and intermediate automatic hires. Available for pick-ups in Australia and New Zealand.

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Airport transfers

You can book a shared shuttle of a private vehicle in advance through companies like Viator and Jayride.

Private transfer from Darwin Airport to hotel
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Private transfer from hotel to Darwin Airport
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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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