Let someone else to the driving: travel the Northern Territory by bus and coach. Public buses will get you around town, coaches will do the long-haul, and guided tours will take you to all the Territory's top attractions.
Coach trips and tours
The Northern Territory is well serviced by major coach companies, so it's easy to travel between regional and urban centres on comfortable, air-conditioned coaches. Darwin and Alice Springs both have scheduled services connecting the cities with each other and with outer areas. If you're planning to do a lot of bus travel, hop-on, hop-off bus passes can be an economical option. Want to take in all the sights? There's an abundance of tour companies offering tours around the Northern Territory in coaches and on smaller buses.
Darwin's main coach terminal is the Transit Centre in Mitchell Street. All interstate coaches, many local coaches and tours depart and arrive here, as well as shuttles to the airport, the train station and to cruise-ship terminals. Check with visitor information centres and operators for details of routes, schedules, fares and tours.
Getting around Darwin and Alice Springs is easy on the city's bus services. In Darwin, bus services operate seven days per week, and bus interchanges are located in Darwin City, Casuarina and Palmerston. Free bus services operate to and from major events, including the Darwin Cup and Darwin Show. In Alice Springs, public buses operate from Monday to Saturday, and the interchange is located on the corner of Gregory and Railway Terrace.
Bus tickets can be purchased at interchanges and on-board. Buses in both cities are accessible to travellers with disabilities.
Both Darwin Airport and Alice Springs Airport have airport shuttle services operating in conjunction with scheduled flight departures and arrivals.