Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory of Australia – home to the largest concentration of Aborigines. For your adventures in the Northern Territory, you’ll have choices for great tourism activities: arts, culture, outback adventures, dance, and music. But you probably won’t experience any of that sitting in the airport terminal. Here’s information on how to get through Darwin Airport and out to your discoveries as quickly as possible:
The airport provides international and domestic flights from the same building. On the ground floor passengers will find check-in, baggage collection, and retail (all for both domestic and international) as well as international arrivals. On the first floor are domestic arrivals, international and domestic departures, and more retail.
Direct flights from North America do not land in Darwin’s airport; to get here, you’ll be taking a domestic flight.
The airport is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
While airport management recommends you allow three hours for security checks, processing and unexpected delays, two hours should be sufficient. Flight information displays are located in numerous places around the building.
There is an information desk on the ground floor if you need assistance. Darwin Airport also provides live flight updates via the Flight Radar map on their website, which can be downloaded to your cell phone as well.
Darwin Airport is going through major development to expand its facilities. Expansion of the international facilities will accommodate the expected increase in flights from Asia, as well as introduce of new retail and dining spaces. For further information refer to the “terminal expansion” page on Darwin Airport’s website.
Traveling To And From The Airport
Darwin’s airport is accessible by bus, rental car, taxi and shuttle. The airport is about 15 minutes from the city center.
Numerous companies offer taxi and shuttle service. Fares are usually around $25 – 30 AUD one way for taxis, and a $3 AUD exit toll from the airport applies. The Darwin Airport Shuttle costs $16 AUD per person one way, with reduced pricing for groups. It operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is at the airport to greet every flight. However, you will need to pre-book the shuttle if you require a transfer from your hotel to the airport.
And there are lots of options for rental cars, coaches and even limousines with all of the major car rental companies present on the ground floor near baggage claim.
One bus offers service to and from Darwin Airport.
- Route 3, Casuarina to Casuarina. Runs Monday to Sunday, every 30 minutes (reduced timetable on weekends). Tickets cost $3 AUD for unlimited travel for 3 hours.
For more information about bus timetables, maps, fares and stops, visit the website.