Whether you want to catch a bus, drive, hop on a bike, or walk, Darwin offers plenty of transport options.

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. You can 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.

Sporting venues shuttle bus

An accredited shuttle bus will provide a pick up and drop off service from Darwin Central Business District (CBD) to sport competition venues.   We encourage athletes and team officials to either stay within walking distance of their competition venue or within the Darwin CBD in order to access the accredited shuttle bus service.  There will be no bookable transport system.

Public transport

To use the public bus network in Darwin, you can purchase a Tap and Ride card or buy single tickets on board. The Tap and Ride card costs $20 and is available for purchase as you board the bus (cash only) or from bus interchanges. Once you have the Tap and Ride card, you can take 10 bus trips or use it for seven (7) consecutive days of unlimited travel before your credit runs out. To start your ride, tap your card on the card reader when you board.

For single tickets, fares are $3 per ride and tickets are valid for three (3) hours from purchase. Daily tickets are also available for $7, which gives you one full day of unlimited bus travel. Tickets can be purchased as you board the bus, using cash only.

For more information visit Bus Link 


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 CoveMindil Beach Sunset MarketMuseum 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. You can purchase a 1-day ticket for $42 or a 2-day ticket for $62. Tickets are available for purchase on the day, though a 10% discount is available if you pre-book your tickets online. The bus will take you from the Tourist Information Centre to all the major sights including Cullen Bay Marina, Darwin Military Museum, and the Waterfront Precinct.


Taxis wait along Knuckey St, diagonally opposite the north end of Smith St Mall, and are usually easy to flag down. Call Darwin Radio Taxis.


Uber, the global transportation network company, now operates in Darwin. Download the Uber app to sign up.

Vehicle hire

There’s plenty to explore by car or campervan, as well as all-terrain 4WDs.

Thrifty Car Rental is proud to be partnering with the Arafura Games 2019. Thrifty have three offices conveniently located in Darwin with a large range of vehicles to get you around. 

Whether you need a small, medium or large sedan, an SUV, 8 or 12 seat bus, 4WD, ute, van or truck, Thrifty have a vehicle to suit your needs. 

To book a vehicle or make an enquiry:

  • Call 08 8924 0000 (within Australia), +61 8 8924 0000 (outside Australia); 
  • Email:, and quote promo code: "ARAFURA"
  • Or book via the thrifty website - simply choose your pick up location, dates and enter promo code "ARAFURA" under "I have a discount / promo code" to receive your Games discount!


Venue Parking is available although limited. A brochure on parking in Darwin's City centre has a map explaining the parking zones for street parking in the CBD. It's available from Tourism Top End. Rates range from $1.30 to $2.50 per hour. Purchase your parking tickets from kerbside machines. Check out the city parking map
Bicycle & Walking

Darwin provides a great environment to get around by bike or on foot. Surrounded by lush tropical flora and fauna, it's a delight to explore the city and surrounds on a network of shared paths for cyclists and walkers. Download the Darwin Region Cycling and Walking Map to view the network of cycleways and paths. While all bike paths and footpaths in the Northern Territory are considered ‘shared paths’ (permitting use by pedestrians and cyclists), it is important to remember that pedestrians have right of way.

Spin Way, Darwin's public bicycle hire system, works like similar schemes around the world. Go to one of numerous stations around town, swipe your credit card, select how long you wish to rent for and then get riding. For a list of locations, pick up the Spin Way brochure Automated Bike Hire Station from Tourism Top End, or check online. Note that you must return the bike to the same station you took it from and that helmets and locks are included in the rental price.