What you need to know about flying in and out of Red Centre and Uluru.
Ayers Rock Airport, situated near Yulara, and Alice Springs Airport are the commercial airports in Red Centre and Uluru. Ayers Rock Airport has flights to Alice Springs, Cairns, Melbourne and Sydney. Alice Springs Airport connects nearly a dozen domestic destinations.
This quick guide will give you all the information you need about ground transport options and airlines that fly into and out of Ayers Rock Airport and Alice Springs Airport.
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What airlines offer flights to Uluru?
Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas fly to Ayers Rock Airport. Virgin Australia, AirNorth, Alliance Airlines and Qantas fly to Alice Springs Airport.
What are the best airports to Red Centre and Uluru?
Ayers Rock Airport and Alice Springs Airport are the only commercial airports in Red Centre.
If you're planning to visit Uluru-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, Ayers Rock Airport is the closest at just 8 km from Yulara (where most accommodation is offered) and 25 km from Uluru itself. Alice Springs Airport is just under 500km away from the national park.
For those heading to Kings Canyon, again, Ayers Rock Airport is closer at just over 300km away while Alice Springs Airport is about 465km from the canyon.
What airport transfer options are available?
The airport shuttle bus provides door-to-door transfers to the city from Alice Springs Airport starting from $16 one way.
Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty are available for car rentals at the airport terminal. Ayers Rock Airport only offers cars from Avis and Hertz. Most car hire companies in the area will limit kilometres to just 100 per day.
To reach Yulara from Ayers Rock Airport, you can take the free shuttle from the airport which connects to all Uluru hotels and camping grounds. Alternatively, you can take a taxi which is more convenient but costs $19-$23. Uber doesn’t operate in Alice Springs.