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Getting around Red Centre and Uluru simply and easily

We have researched the best transport options to get around Red Centre and Uluru, so that you don’t have to.

Virgin Australia and Jetstar operate direct flights from Sydney to Uluru Airport. If you are flying from a different destination like Melbourne, Brisbane or Darwin, you can fly to Alice Springs Airport and take a coach or hire a car to reach Uluru.

There are only a few transport options to get around Red Centre. You can join a tour or if you want more freedom, you can hire a car or campervan.

The town closest to Uluru is Yulara, which is where you’re likely to stay during your trip. It’s small and very walkable. However, to get to the sites, you’ll need to journey into Uluru National Park, which is a short 10 minute drive from the township. Once there, you’ll still need to drive farther to reach the walking paths.

Iconic sites such as Uluru and Kata Tjuta are both in the national park but are far away from each other. To get from one to the other, driving or taking a tour is your best bet.


Red Centre and Uluru public transport

Types of transport. Public transport in Red Centre is limited to just a few routes within Alice Springs. There's no public transport in Yulara. So you have only two mainstream transport options for getting around: coaches and shuttles for group travel or cars and camper trailers.

Paying for transport. There is no official pass or card to travel around Red Centre and Uluru. For the transport options available in the region, you can pay either with cash or with a credit card.

Getting to and from the airport. You can get to and from the Alice Springs Airport by an airport shuttle bus that charges $16 each way. To reach your hotel or campsite near Ayers Rock from Uluru Airport, the best option is to take a free shuttle that leaves after each flight arrival. Taxis are available at both Alice Spring and Uluru airports.

Best apps for getting around. There are no official transport apps for getting around Red Centre and Uluru.


Taxis and Uber

Taxi. Since Red Centre has such a low population due to its remote location, taxis are not available anywhere except in Alice Springs and Yulara. You can pre-book the taxi over the phone or website.

Uber. Uber is not available in the Red Centre.

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Red Centre and Uluru car hire rental companies

In the absence of public transport and reliable taxi services, hiring a car might turn out to be a great decision to explore Red Centre and Uluru.

Car rental desks of major car hire services like Avis, Hertz and Thrifty are available at both Alice Spring and Uluru airports. Keep in mind that car hires usually don't come with unlimited kilometres as they would it most cities in Australia. Most companies limit free kilometres to 100 per day, with a pay-as-you-go system taking effect after that. If you're hiring a car in Alice Springs, the drive to Yulara is about 440km each way.

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Airport transfers

If you don’t have a private vehicle, booking a free shared shuttle from the Uluru airport is your best option. You can get more information about the free shuttle here.

To get to and from the Alice Springs Airport, you can book this shared shuttle service:

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Shared transfer from Alice Spring Airport to hotel

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Shared transfer from hotel to Alice Springs Airport
Shared transfer from hotel to Alice Springs 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 on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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