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Public Transport

The Territory's public transport services are managed by the Department of Transport and serviced by a range of contracted bus operators including Buslink and Territory Transit.

Public Transport services have been designed to meet the needs of the general public, students, students with special needs, seniors and the mobility impaired.

Darwin bus services routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10,12,14, 70, 71, 72, 73 and 74 operate seven days a week including public holidays (excluding Christmas Day and Good Friday). Alice Springs bus services routes 100/101, 200/201, 300/301, 400/401 and 500 operate from Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays). NT Statutory Public Holidays 

For tourist travel information please visit the Travelling in the Northern Territory website


Latest News

Temporary Change to Route 301 - Friday 28 & Saturday 29 August 2015 - Alice Springs

301_image Due to a major event at the National Transport Hall of Frame - the Route 301 on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 August 2015 will terminate at the Alice Springs Cemetery Bus Stop 1083 on Norris Bell Avenue. 

The event organisers have arranged for a courtesy bus to transfer passengers from the Cemetery Bus Stop 1083 to the entrance of the National Road Transport Hall of Fame.

Changes to Route 14 - Saturday & Sunday, commencing Saturday 22 August 2015.

From Saturday 22 August 2015, the Route 14 normally departing Darwin Interchange at 5.40pm on Saturdays and Sundays will change to 5.30pm. This change will be ongoing. Monday to Friday will remain the same.


Going to the Eels v Panthers match on Saturday 8 August 2015? Use the Darwinbus!

logo_nrl_smallYour NRL ticket includes transport to and from the event on the Darwinbus network. Simply present your valid NRL ticket to the driver. Each person travelling must hold a valid ticket or normal fares apply.

Due to the NRL match at Marrara on Saturday 8 August, all Route 3 services after 2:30pm will depart from the event bus stop only.

Old Timers Fete – Saturday 8 August 2015

301_imageGoing to the Older Timers Fete on Saturday 8 August 2015?

Normal fares will not apply on the Route 301 public bus services when you tell the driver you are attending the Old Timers Fete. For the timetable and map click here.


Changes for Alice Springs school bus services – Commencing Monday 27 July 2015

school buses in a rowSchools, students, parents and carers are advised that changes to Alice Springs school bus routes will commence as of Monday 27 July.

Route 1 will divert onto Karnte Road and Route 3 will divert onto Len Kittle Drive before continuing onto the normal route of travel.

Route 2 AM services will divert to Stuart Highway and stop at Old Timers, St Mary’s Village, Percy Court and Heath Road before continuing to the interchange. 

For more information please visit the updated Alice Springs school bus services timetable.

School bus changes – Monday 27 July 2015 – Routes 233 and 238

route233-238Parents, students and teachers are advised that a change a change to school bus routes 233 and 238 will commence from Monday 27 July 2015.

Route 233(AM) will depart Waterhouse Crescent at 7.15am and arrive at Rosebery Middle School at 7.45am. Students should arrive at the bus stop 15 minutes earlier from their usual time.

Route 233(PM) will depart from Rosebery Middle School at 2.40pm and arrive at Waterhouse Crescent by 3.05pm while Route 238(PM) will depart from Palmerston Senior College at 3.15pm and arrive at Belyuen Road at 3.40pm. Students should expect the bus to arrive approximately five minutes later from their usual time.

To view the updated route map and timetables visit the school bus services page.

Buses to Darwin Show

showGoing to the Darwin Show? Want to catch a bus? Visit the Darwin Show website for bus timetables.


Additional Darwinbus services to the Davis Cup

As a result of the high demand for the Route 3 this morning, the Department of Transport is arranging additional capacity to operate today and over the week-end to make sure the large numbers of travellers can move quickly and easily to and from this exciting addition to Darwin’s dry season event calendar.

All Route 3 services today and over the weekend include Marrara and will use the temporary event bus stop outside the tennis centre. Simply present your valid Davis Cup ticket to the driver for transport to Marrara. Each person travelling must hold a valid ticket or normal fares apply.

Visit the Department of Transport website for more information.

Going to the Davis Cup? Use the Darwinbus!

Your Davis Cup ticket includes transport to and from the event on the Darwinbus network. Simply present your valid Davis Cup ticket to the driver. Each person travelling must hold a valid ticket or normal fares apply.

Route 3 bus services on Friday 17 July have been extended to include Marrara. All Route 3 bus services in Marrara from 9.30am will use the temporary event bus stop.

Girraween and Anglesey Roads installation of new roundabout – commencing 22 June 2015

road_signPassengers are advised that due to installation works for a new roundabout on Girraween and Anglesey Roads by Litchfield Council, a temporary change to the routes of travel for rural school and public bus routes will commence on Monday 22 June 2015.

Bus services affected by these works are the school bus routes 107, 109, 403, 415, 439 and 449, and public bus route 450. Buses will deviate through Mango and Valencia Rds.

Bus stops 525 and 566 will be closed whilst works are carried out and temporary bus stops will be located at Valencia Rd.

Proposed changes to seat belt arrangements on school buses

School-buses-2To improve overall safety, the Department of Transport is proposing to increase the seat belted seating capacity on some school buses.

The Department is proposing to allow children who weigh less than 38kg be able to sit in the centre of a bench seat and wear a seat belt. This change will allow more students to sit down and wear a seat belt.

The total number of students allowed on a bus is not changing. This change increases the seating capacity of a school bus and reduces the number of students having to stand.

All children must comply with the Code of Conduct for School Bus Travel and follow bus driver instructions.

Please provide feedback on the proposed changes and draft policy by Friday 7 August 2015.

To view the draft policy click here. To provide feedback on this proposal please visit 



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