Darwin Airport

About Darwin Airport

Darwin Airport is the Northern Territory's major airport, offering domestic flights to all Australian capital cities except Hobart and Canberra, as well as several other domestic locations such as Broome, Groote Island and Alice Springs. Darwin Airport also offers international flights to Shenzhen, Singapore, Denpasar and Dili.

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What facilities are at Darwin Airport?

Darwin Airport hosts both domestic and international airlines within the one terminal. Airlines that fly in and out of Darwin Airport are Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tigerair, Silk Air, Air North and Donghai Airlines. From checking in to relaxing before your flight, Darwin Airport is easy to navigate, which makes for a hassle-free airport experience.


Near the entry to Darwin Airport, you’ll find flight information screens. These will let you know where you need to check in for your particular flight. When it comes to check-in times, please confirm with your airline. These will vary depending on which airline you’re flying with and whether you’re flying domestically or internationally.


Your baggage allowance is another detail you’ll need to confirm with your airline before you fly. Each airline will have different requirements regarding baggage weight, size and quantity, depending on the ticket you’ve purchased.

Is there a currency exchange?

Yes, you can change your money at Darwin Airport. Travel Money Oz is located on the Ground Floor in the arrivals hall or on the first floor in the International Departures area. Travel Money Oz at Darwin Airport is open for every arriving, departing and transiting international flight.

What are the other services and facilities?

  • ATMs
  • Baby change facilities
  • Baggage trolleys
  • Car Parking
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Parking
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Lockers
  • Lost Property
  • Showers
  • Smoking areas
  • Telephones
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)
  • Water fountains
  • Wireless internet hotspot

Transport and terminal transfers

What’s the best way to get to and from Darwin Airport?

Darwin Airport is located about 13 kilometres from the city centre of Darwin. Depending on traffic and time of day, that is around a 15-minute drive. Below you’ll find a guide to travelling to and from Darwin Airport.

Car hire: You can hire your car through Flight Centre and have it all sorted before you arrive, or simply visit the car rental desks at Darwin Airport, located at the Arrivals Hall near baggage collection on the ground floor.

Picking up and dropping off: Darwin Airport has designated pick-up and drop-off areas for passengers. Close to the front of the terminal you’ll find and express lane for quick drop-off, where a 2-minute time limit is enforced. If you need to stay longer than 2 minutes, the Short Stay Car Park offers 15 minutes of free parking. Just take a ticket when you enter and if you leave before 15 minutes is up, your stay is free.

Taxis: Taxis are an easy way to get into Darwin city centre. Fares are metered, and you can expect to pay between $25 and $30 for a taxi into the city. There is also an additional $4 exit toll payable by the passenger. The taxi rank is located directly in front of the Terminal.

Rideshare: Rideshare is another way to get to and from Darwin Airport. The Hi Oscar rideshare company is the approved supplier for Darwin Airport. Simply download the Hi Oscar app.There is a Rideshare Pick-Up area within the Short Stay Car Park.

Shuttle Bus: One easy option is to get the shuttle bus from Darwin Airport to the city. Darwin City Airport Shuttle Service operates from the terminal doorstep, directly outside the baggage carousels, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It transfers passengers to the city and all city accommodation locations. For return journeys back to the airport, bookings are essential. A number of bus and coach services are also available.

Chauffeurs and limousines: A private hire car rank is located at the front of the terminal, and you can negotiate the price with the driver without having a prior booking.

Public Transport: It’s only $4.80 for a one-way bus trip between Canberra Airport and the city. Transport Canberra runs ACTION bus services on this route regularly, 7 days a week. You can pay on the bus, at the time of travel or you can pay with a MyWay card. Details about MyWay cards are on the Transport Canberra website.

Parking: Darwin Airport offers travellers three car parks to choose from. Each operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Short Stay - The Short Stay Car Park at Darwin Airport is the most convenient, located directly in front of the terminal building. To make drop-off and pick-up easy, this car park is free for the first 15 minutes.

Long Stay Plus - A more economical choice, just a short 200 metre walk from the terminal is the Long Stay Plus car park.

Long Stay Saver - This is the best option if you’re leaving your car for an extended stay. It’s a six minute walk from the terminal building, but rates are the lowest of all three airports.


Travel tip: Book your parking at Darwin Airport in advance through the Darwin Airport website.


How do I transfer between terminals?

There’s no need to worry about transferring between terminals at Darwin Airport, because both domestic and international ‘terminals’ are located within the one building.



What restaurants and bars are at Darwin Airport?

Darwin Airport offers eight places to eat and drink across the terminal, with both Dome and Giancarlo open 24 hours a day.

Restaurants and bars at Darwin Airport include:

  • Dome
  • Giancarlo Cafe and Bar
  • Bumbu
  • Stokes Corner Store
  • Hungry Jack’s
  • Hector’s Bar
  • Green Bean
  • Two Brews

Shopping At Darwin Airport?

Whether you’re looking for that special souvenir from your time in the Northern Territory or you just want a good book to read on the flight, Darwin Airport has the shopping options you need.

What lounges are at Darwin Airport?

At Darwin Airport you’ll find two airline lounges and one airport lounge.


A Qantas Club lounge is located near Gate 4, Domestic Departures. Qantas First and Business Class passengers as well as various Qantas Club, Platinum, Gold and eligible oneworld members are privy to access the lounge and its facilities including showers, Wi-Fi, a barista service and dedicated family zone.

Virgin Australia

The Virgin Australia Lounge at Darwin Airport is also located in Domestic Departures, near Gate 4. The lounge offers a multi-use meeting room, shower facilities, barista coffee and a choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Catalina Lounge

The Catalina Lounge at Darwin Airport is an international lounge, operated by the airport. The lounge gives travellers an elegant space in which to relax before a flight, offering a full bar, an all-inclusive Asian and Australian inspired menu prepared by the chef, snacks, deli items, fresh fruit, a play zone for kids and Wi-Fi. There is also a VIP are available for hire. Catalina Lounge is located within International Departures, near Gate 12.

What hotels are near Darwin Airport?

About to head off on a tour of Kakadu National Park and want to have a good night’s sleep before you start? Stopping in Darwin en route to Asia? Airport hotels can be the perfect answer to convenience and comfort. In Darwin, there are two airport hotels within easy reach of the airport.

Novotel Darwin Airport Hotel

Novotel Darwin Airport Hotel is located on Sir Norman Brearley Drive, just 300 metres from the International Terminal, accessible in minutes by free shuttle bus. The hotel offers something for both business and leisure travellers, with a lap pool, business centre, guest laundry, Wi-Fi and 24-hour reception. It’s also a short drive from Darwin city centre and Casuarina Square Shopping Centre, the biggest mall in the Northern Territory.

Mercure Darwin Airport Resort

With an outdoor pool set amongst tropical gardens, excellent restaurant, complimentary broadband internet as well as Austar TV, free airport transfers 24 hours a day and complimentary shuttle bus transfers to Darwin CBD, the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort is a great choice if you wish to stay at Darwin Airport.