Most Northern Territory workers living in the major towns can be home within 15 to 20 minutes, with commuting even quicker in regional centres. An efficient public transport service runs in the major towns in the Northern Territory.
Most Darwin public bus services operate seven days a week including public holidays (excluding Christmas Day and Good Friday).
Alice Springs public bus services operate from Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays).
It is a condition of travel that passengers abide by a set of rules while on a public bus, and at bus interchanges in Darwin and Alice Springs.
Please ensure you read the rules on a public bus before you travel.
For the most up-to-date information on public transport go to the Northern Territory Government website.
For general bus enquiries or feedback call (08) 8924 7666, Monday to Friday, 6.45am to 4.30pm or go to the Department of Transport website to submit your feedback online.
Hire cars and taxis
Taxis and hire cars are available in the major towns in the Northern Territory.
Driving in the Northern Territory
Driving in Australia is the same as in Great Britain on the left hand side of the road, the opposite to Europe and the Americas where driving is on the right hand side.
International and Australian drivers from other states can drive on an international or state license but must apply for a Northern Territory Drivers License within three months of living in the Northern Territory.
The Northern Territory Road Users’ Handbook is a guide to the Territory’s road rules, licensing requirements and basic driving skills. For full information on motor vehicle licensing and registration go to the Northern Territory Motor Vehicle Registry website.
The AustralAsia Railway provides regular efficient freight and passenger services between Darwin and Adelaide, with connections to the east and west coasts. Thousands of visitors a year board The Ghan for an exhilarating outback travel experience that is regarded as one of the world’s great train journeys.
The Stuart Highway connects Darwin and all the central towns in the Northern Territory with South Australia. This also connects with the Barkly Highway, to north Queensland and the Victoria Highway to northern Western Australia. The Northern Territory outback road network consists of sealed highways and unsealed secondary roads and bush tracks that can be affected by flooding in the wet season.
Darwin has regular international and national shipping connections and is a port of call for dozens of luxury cruise ships.
The Northern Territory’s international airport is in Darwin, and services domestic and overseas carriers with flights connecting through South-East Asian cities to the rest of the world. These flights are relatively short and cheaper compared to flights from other Australian capital cities making Bali, Singapore and the Philippines readily accessible to residents of the Northern Territory for short holidays. For more information go to the Darwin Airport website.
Alice Springs and Yulara (Uluru) airports are busy hubs, with direct flights to most Australian capital cities. All regional towns have airports and remote communities rely heavily on air services.
For more information about transport in the NT go to the Northern Territory Government website.