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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

Changes to inbound Route 8, 3pm service start Monday 1 December 2014

route-8Passengers are advised that as of Monday 1 December 2014, the inbound route 8 service departing Palmerston Bus Interchange at 3pm will no longer service Kormilda College.

Passengers currently boarding the 3pm service from Kormilda College will need to walk to the bus stop outside Hidden Valley Ford on Stuart Hwy.

As a result of this change the bus will arrive earlier at the bus stops between Kormilda College and Darwin Bus Interchange. For the updated timetable click here.

More Bus Fare Options Coming Soon  

cards-01Bus ticketing is changing to make public transport use in Darwin and Alice Springs easier, faster and more convenient for passengers.

Fares will not increase and students (and other eligible groups) will continue to travel at no cost. More fare options for concession card holders and regular passengers will be provided.

For more information please see the attached factsheet and schedule.

School Bus Route 104 (AM and PM) changes – Monday 17 November 2014

School-buses-2Parents, students and teachers are advised that as of Monday 17 November 2014, the route of travel for School Route 104 AM and PM will change to include Parap Primary School.

The route of travel change has been made to provide an additional service to Parap Primary School. Any students in Parap or Fannie Bay currently using route 104 on East Point Rd to get to and from school will need to use other available services such as school routes 50, 53, 100, 202 or urban route 4. Please see the updated route map and description for further information.

Changes to school bus services 202, 215, 247, 407 and 425  - Monday 27 October 2014

School-buses-2Parents, students and teachers are advised that changes to the following school bus services commenced on Monday 27 October.

Route 202(PM) will now travel around the Lee Point roundabout before turning left on Wanguri Tce. Route 215 (AM and PM) will no longer use the Arnhem Hwy to access the Humpty Doo Schools. Route 247 (AM) will terminate opposite Sacred Heart Primary School at approximately 8.35am. Route 407 (PM) will change the way it uses Wells Creek Rd and Route 425 (AM and PM) will no longer service the Noonamah Store.

For more information see the route of travel and maps for the affected school bus services.

Casuarina Bus Interchange building works – Ticket office temporary closure

CasuarinaInterchangeCommencing Monday 27 October Casuarina interchange will undergo building works to the main building. The works will affect internal areas of the building and ticket office. As a result the ticket office will be closed from noon Friday 24/10/14 to ensure the safety of staff and customers. The ticket office is expected to reopen mid-December.

All bus services will continue to run as scheduled and will not be affected by these building works. The public toilets will remain open, however please adhere to all signage and safety barriers erected near the main building.

All tickets can be purchased on the bus using cash. The Palmerston and Darwin interchanges will be open Monday to Friday for passengers wishing to purchase tickets using EFTPOS.

Should you have any queries during this closure please call our customer service officers on 08 8924 7666.


Alice Springs bus temporary detours - Thursday 16 October

Public Transport has been advised that due to the running of the Masters Mile and Cycling Street Sprint this afternoon (Thursday 16 October) Gap Rd and Stott Tce will be closed from 4pm to 10pm.

This closure will impact the following bus services:

  • Route 200 – 4pm, 4.45pm and 5.30pm inbound services (buses will be diverted along Leichhardt and Wills Tce)
  • Route 300 – 4pm, 4.45pm and 5.30pm outbound and inbound services (buses will be diverted along Telegraph Tce)
  • Route 500 – 5.10pm outbound service (bus will be diverted down Leichhardt and South Tce) 

Public Transport apologises for any inconvenience and appreciates your patience.

Darwinbus survey – your feedback is important

surveyThe Department of Transport is conducting a survey to seek your feedback on the Darwinbus service. Your feedback and ideas about public transport will assist us in planning future improvements to bus services.

The survey closes on Friday 31 October 2014. Please visit

Authorised by Clare Gardiner-Barnes on behalf of the Northern Territory Government, Department of Transport, 18-20 Cavenagh Street, Darwin


Transport to the Alice Springs Masters Games

2014-masters-gamesSpecial event buses will be available to patrons attending the Alice Springs Masters Games opening and closing ceremonies. Normal fares will not apply. For more information please visit the Alice Springs Masters Games website.



Darwin Festival 2014 bus stop artwork project

darwin_festivalSeveral bus stops around Darwin and Palmerston and the Darwin Bus Interchange were used as part of the 2014 Darwin Festival. Click here for pictures of the project.



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