Here's a handy guide to getting around Darwin quick and easy.
While Darwin is the smallest of Australia’s major cities, it still has plenty of transport options for visitors including buses, driving, cycling, and walking. This practical information on getting around Darwin will make moving around the city very simple.
To use the public bus network in Darwin, recommend purchasing a Tap and Ride card. It costs $20 and is available for purchase on boarding the bus (cash only) or from bus interchanges and allows 10 bus trips or 7 consecutive days of unlimited travel before the credit runs out. To start a ride, tap the card on the card reader when boarding.
For single tickets, fares are $3 per ride and tickets are valid for 3 hours from purchase. Daily tickets are also available for $7, which gives one full day of unlimited bus travel. Tickets can be purchased on boarding the bus, using cash only.
Most buses in Darwin travel between bus interchanges. The most useful bus for visitors is the route 4 bus which travels from Darwin Bus Interchange to Casuarina Bus Interchange via the waterfront. This bus stops by popular attractions such as Crocosaurus Cove, Mindil Beach Sunset Market, Museum and Art Gallery, and Fannie Bay Gaol. Services run every 10-35 minutes throughout the day.
The Big Bus Tours hop-on, hop-off bus is another great way to see Darwin’s city attractions. A 1-day ticket is $42 or get a 2-day ticket for $62. Tickets are available for purchase on the day, though a 10% discount is available if pre-booked. The bus takes visitors from the Tourist Information Centre to all the major sights including Cullen Bay Marina, Darwin Military Museum, and the Waterfront Precinct.
Getting to and from the airport
Public buses are available for travel between Darwin Airport and the city. Route 3A buses collect passengers from Charles Eaton Drive at the airport and travel to Casuarina Bus Interchange, with 5-7 services per day. Route 3C/3D buses do this same journey in the opposite direction. Use the Tap and Ride card or buy a single ticket to pay for this airport service, which costs the same as a regular bus fare within the city.
In Australia, airlines, trains, buses and ferries have accessible options for people using a wheelchair or mobility device. Darwin Airport provides special assistance for people with disabilities and can help with baggage, getting around the airport, and getting on and off the plane.
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