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Alice Springs Airport
Getting to Alice Springs is fairly straight forward. Qantas has direct flights to Alice Springs from most major cities in Australia. A major sealed highway connects Alice Springs with Darwin and Adelaide. A number of popular 4WD routes through the deserts link Alice Springs to the Kimberley Region and Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. A scenic rail option is also available
Key Points
Point Direct flights to Alice Springs from Darwin, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns
Point Qantas and Virgin are the only airlines that fly to Alice Springs
Point South Stuart Highway is the main road link for Adelaide and Alice Springs
Point North Stuart Highway is the main road link for Darwin and Alice Springs
Point All major car rentals are in Alice Springs
Point Taxis and airport shuttles are available from the airport
QantasExternal Link is the only airline which flies to Alice Springs. Qantas flights to Alice Springs depart regularly from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide, Perth and Cairns. On average, flights are between 2-3 hrs long, in either the Boeing 717's (pictured above) or Boeing 737-800s. The Alice Springs Airport External Link is about 16kms south of the town. It takes about 10-15 minutes by vehicle to get into the town centre.
The main road access to Alice Springs is via the North and South Stuart Highway, a well maintained bitumen highway that links Alice Springs to Darwin (North) and Adelaide (South). Alice Springs can also be accessed via 4WD routes such as the Tanami Road ( links to Halls Creek in the Kimberley) and the Great Central Road ( links eventually to Perth). Whichever route is chosen the drive will be long. Darwin to Alice Springs is 1,498km while Adelaide to Alice Springs is 1,531km.
key point Regular Flights to Alice Springs from all major capital cities in Australia
key point Qantas & Tiger Air are the only airlines which fly to Alice Springs
key point There are regular flights between Uluru and Alice Springs
key point All aircraft are jets, no propeller aircraft
key point Flight times between capital cities and Alice Springs is between 2-3hrs
key point The Alice Springs Airport Website External Link has excellent information
key point Highway bitumen access to Alice Springs - North & South Stuart Highway
key point 4WD routes into Alice Springs via Great Central Road & Tanami Road
key point Main city departure points via highway- Darwin (North), Adelaide ( South)
key point Fuel is expensive in remote area Australia, even along the highway
key point Distances: Darwin - Alice Springs: 1,498km
key point Distances: Adelaide - Alice Springs: 1,531km
Getting to Alice Springs from the Airport
There is one major rail service to Alice Springs and that is provided by Great Southern Rail via The Ghan External Link. The Ghan is a spectacular transcontinental rail journey through some of Australia's spectacular Central Australian landscapes. Prices vary depending how you want to travel and from where but prices can be anywhere from $200 - $1066 one way from Adelaide to Alice Springs.
The airport is approximately a 16km drive to Alice Springs CBD. You can either catch a taxi, hire a car or catch the airport shuttle bus. Your accommodation provider may also provide airport picks ups and drops offs.
Walking into Town
This would be a 16km walk mostly along the side of the road. There is no designated footpath, walkway or bike path which leads from the airport to town.
There is a taxi waiting area just outside the main terminal. Normally there are few taxis outside, but waiting times can vary, especially if it is busy. Alice Springs Taxi's (08 89521877) External Link is the main taxi service provider in town. The average fare is between $25-$32. You can also hire a private taxis.External Link
Airport Shuttle Bus
There is an airport shuttle service External Link between the airport and Alice Springs. The bus is usually located just outside the baggage claim area at the arrival side of the terminal. Fares start from $15 per person one way, for the first two passengers, and then $10 for each subsequent passenger.
Hire Cars
Avis, Hertz, Budget , Europecar and Thrifty are the five main car rental outlets in Alice Springs and all have small outlets at the airport.
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