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.
Darwin Interchange closed - Friday 9 October to Sunday 11 October 2015
Passengers are advised that as of 7 pm Friday 9 October, Darwin Bus Interchange will close due to works and all bus services will depart from temporary bays on Smith Street.
As of Monday 12 October, all services will resume departing from their usual bays at Darwin Interchange.
Temporary bays for the following routes will be in place at Smith Street near Rorkes and Browns Mart:
Bay A – Route 10
Bay B – Route 4
Bay C – Route 8
Bay D – Route 14
Changes to school bus services 215, 407 408, 421 and 427 - Commencing Thursday 24 September 2015
Students, parents and teachers are advised that due to road works on Strangways Rd starting on Thursday 24 September, school bus routes 215, 407, 408, 421 and 427 will deviate around the work site.
Students currently using school bus route 407 in the morning from Hayball Rd will now need to catch school bus route 421 at 7:18am.
Students currently using school bus routes 427, 427A and 427B on Forest Dr and Gonnerman Rd in the morning will now need to catch school bus route 215 at 7:45am.
Students should check the new maps for the affected school bus routes, which are available on the Darwin school bus services page.
Mitchell Street closure – Sunday 20 September 2015
Passengers are advised that due to the Mitchell Street Mile race taking place on Sunday 20 September; all inbound Darwinbus services will be temporarily diverted to Cavenagh Street.
Temporary bus stops will be located outside Colemans Printing and the Post Office Building.
Normal routes of travel will resume on Monday 21 September 2015.
Changes to school bus route 59 services - Commencing Monday 21 September 2015
Parents, teachers and students are advised that as of Monday 21 September 2015 one bus will operate the afternoon service as only one bus is required to cater for the number of students using this service.
In addition, the route of travel for the morning service has changed to include Amy Johnson Drive and Boulter Road.
Students will now catch school bus route 106 in the morning from bus stop 279 on McMillans Road and 280 on Vanderlin Drive to Kormilda College.
For the updated route map please visit the Darwin school bus services page.
Changes to school bus routes 208 and 208A - Commencing Monday 21 September 2015
Parents, students and teachers are advised that a new redesigned school bus route 208 will commence on Monday 21 September 2015.
School bus route 208A will combine with school bus route 208 to provide a single route of travel that better meets students’ travel needs.
The new school bus route 208 will travel from Kormilda College to Farrar via Durack, Driver, Gray, Bakewell, Rosebery and Gunn.
Students currently using 208 and 208A will have access to the new route.
To view the new route map please visit the Darwin school bus services page.
Changes to Darwinbus routes 5, 6 and 440 - Commencing Monday 21 September 2015
Passengers are advised that changes to timetables for public bus routes 5, 6 and 440 will commence from Monday 21 September 2015.
The changes have been made to the route timetables to better reflect the real time running of public buses to each bus stop. Some bus departure times for these routes have changed so passengers are advised to check the new timetables.
In addition, the 8am inbound route 5 from Casuarina to Darwin will no longer service Marrara Christian School, Kormilda College and Milkwood Steiner School. This service will be covered by school bus routes 59 and 61.
For the updated timetables visit our website or download our NT Bus Tracker app.
Temporary Change to Route 301 - Friday 28 & Saturday 29 August 2015 - Alice Springs
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!
Your 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
Going 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
Schools, 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
Parents, 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.
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.
Girraween and Anglesey Roads installation of new roundabout – commencing 22 June 2015
Passengers 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
To 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 www.transport.nt.gov.au/feedback
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