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Air

Alice Springs is well connected, with Qantas and Virgin Australia operating regular flights to/from capital cities. Airline representatives are based at Alice Springs airport.

Transport Options

Alice Springs airport is 15km south of the town; it's about $50 by taxi. A bus from Alice Wanderer meets all flights and drops off passengers at city accommodation. Book a day in advance for pick-up from accommodation.

Bus

Greyhound has regular services from Alice Springs (check the website for timetables and discounted fares). Buses arrive at, and depart from, the Greyhound office in Todd St.

Adelaide

One-way fare ($)

205

Duration (hr)

21

Coober Pedy

One-way fare ($)

155

Duration (hr)

9

Darwin

One-way fare ($)

209

Duration (hr)

22

Katherine

One-way fare ($)

176

Duration (hr)

16½

Tennant Creek

One-way fare ($)

119

Duration (hr)

Emu Run runs cheap daily connections between Alice Springs and Yulara (one way $120). Gray Line also runs between Alice Springs and Yulara (one way $120).

Backpacker buses roam to and from Alice providing a party atmosphere and a chance to see some of the sights along the way. Groovy Grape Getaways Australia plies the route from Alice to Adelaide on a six-day, backpacker camping jaunt for $945.

Car & Motorcycle

Alice Springs is a long way from everywhere. It's 1180km to Mt Isa in Queensland, 1490km to Darwin, 1531km to Adelaide and 441km (4½ hours) to Yulara (for Uluru). Although the roads to the north and south are sealed and in good condition, these are still outback roads and it's wise to have your vehicle well prepared, particularly as you'll rarely get a mobile phone signal outside Alice or Yulara. Carry plenty of drinking water and emergency food at all times.

All the major car-hire companies have offices in Alice Springs and many have counters at the airport. Prices drop by about 20% between November and April, but rentals don't come cheap, as most firms offer only 100km free per day, which won't get you far out here. Talk to the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre about its unlimited kilometres deal before you book. A conventional (2WD) vehicle will get you to most sights in the MacDonnell Ranges and out to Uluru and Kings Canyon via sealed roads. If you want to go further afield, say to Chambers Pillar, Finke Gorge or even the Mereenie Loop Rd, a 4WD is essential.

Top Tip: Unlimited Kilometres

Most car-rental firms in Alice will only rent you vehicles with around 100km to 200km free per day, whereafter you'll pay around $0.20 per km. But you'll usually get free unlimited kilometres if you arrange your rental through Alice's visitor information centre. Out here, the difference can be considerable.

Hire

The following rent vehicles (including 4WDs and, in some cases, campervans):

Alice Camp 'n' Drive

Avis

Britz

Budget

Central Car Rentals

Europcar

Hertz

Mighty

Thrifty Car Rental

Train

  • The train station is at the end of George Cres, off Larapinta Dr.
  • A classic way to enter or leave the NT is by the Ghan, which can be booked through Great Southern Rail. Discounted fares are sometimes offered, especially in the low season (February to June). Bookings are essential.