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Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to Darwin (DRW)
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Visiting from Melbourne to Darwin
Melbourne to Darwin travel information
The direct flight time from Melbourne to Darwin is approximately from 4 hours and 15 minutes.
How many direct flights go to Darwin from Melbourne on a daily basis?
There is 1 flight per day from Melbourne to Darwin, and a total of 7 flights per week.
What day of the week has more flights from Melbourne to Darwin?
Every day has the same number of daily flights from Melbourne to Darwin.
When to visit
Darwin has a 'wet' and a 'dry' season. The wet season is from November to April and is characterised by high humidity, monsoonal rains and storms. The dry season from May to October is filled with warm, dry sunny days and cool nights. June to August is the dry season and the most popular time to visit the Top End when the weather is at it’s coolest the event calendar is packed with concerts, cinemas and outdoor dining.
What is the main airport called?
Darwin AirportOpens external site in a new window. Located 13km from the city centre on Henry Wrigley Drive, Marrara, Darwin International Airport (DRW) is the busiest and largest airport in the Northern Territory. Both domestic and international services operate from the same airport.
Arriving in Darwin
The friendly staff at Darwin Airport will be waiting to greet you when you land. Once you collect your baggage, there are several transport options available to get you into town.
Getting into Darwin from Darwin Airport
Darwin Airport is in Marrara, a short 15-minute drive from the city. With taxis, Ubers, car rentals and buses available, getting to the city from the airport is easy. If your staying at one of the Accor Hotels in Darwin a free shuttle is available to take you to your accommodation.
Getting around Darwin
Darwin has many transport options including buses, car rentals, bicycle hire, and walkways. If you’d like to use the public bus network, purchase a Tap and Ride card as you board the bus or from bus interchanges, or buy single tickets on board (cash only).
Fly from Melbourne
Once you’ve got your tickets from Melbourne, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your flight.
What is the main airport called?
Melbourne Airport.Opens external site in a new window Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic Airport (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the main airport serving the state of Victoria. Qantas operates from two terminals in Melbourne T1 - domestic and T2 - international.
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* Flight prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, based on payment at qantas.com by BPAY made 7 days or more before departure, POLi or Qantas issued UATP. For other payment options a percentage based fee applies, capped at a maximum per passenger of $22 for Domestic or $120 for International travel. Prices are not guaranteed until payment is made. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines. Prices may fluctuate if taxes or foreign exchange rates change. Passengers booking Premium Economy may be seated in Economy on connecting flights. Check the fare rules for more details before booking. Inclusions vary between flights. All schedules subject to change, including last minute aircraft changes. QantasLink flights operated by Sunstate Airlines (Qld) Pty Ltd ABN 82 009 734 703, Eastern Australia Airlines Pty Ltd ABN 77 001 599 024, and National Jet Systems Pty Ltd ABN 11 008 279 203. Licence No per state: QLD - 407, NSW - 2TA000237, VIC - 30362, SA - TTA155, WA - 9TA52.
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