Flights to Alice Springs
Only one airline flies to Alice Springs that is Qantas. In comparison with other Australian destinations, flights to Alice Springs tend to be expensive. The average price of a one-way adult ticket from Sydney to Alice Springs is around $240.
Occasionally, Qantas have ‘Red-E’ specials to Alice Springs. A flight from Sydney to Alice Springs takes around three hours; from Melbourne, it takes about 3 and half hours.
Driving by Car to Alice Springs – The Experience
- you’ll experience all the fun and freedom of a real outback road trip
- you can drive from Sydney entirely on sealed roads
- You don’t even need a 4WD
- there is so much to see and do along the way like driving the legendary Stuart Highway and visiting places like Port Augusta, Coober Pedy and Uluru along the way
- You’ll see first-hand that the outback is not just flat, boring and dusty. It’s actually got mountains and lots of trees
- you can go where you want to go rather than following a tour itinerary, and stop when you want to stop
- if you are an Aussie family or travelling in a group of three or more, it is much cheaper than flying
The legendary Ghan train service runs once a week during the summer and is a great way to get to Alice Springs.
Hop on and Off the Train
From April to October, there is a mid-week Ghan service as well. Travelling on the Ghan gives you the chance to hop on and off the train, but remember that the train only comes through once a week in each direction!
There are a variety of passenger classes that you can choose when travelling on the Ghan, from the very expensive ‘Gold Class’ sleepers, right down to the very comfortable reclining sleeper chairs.
Bus travel to Alice Springs is an option if you’re looking to save money and see a lot of the outback. There are a few good choices when it comes to bus travel to Alice Springs, Greyhound Buses travel up and down the Stuart Highway to Alice Springs direct.