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Alice Springs transportthe Ghan can take you from either Darwin or Adelaide to Alice Springs

Getting around the small town centre of Alice Springs is pretty easy on foot, but there is also the bus called the Town Explorer that goes around all the major attractions of the town, also there is a public bus service and Elkes Backpackers has a free shuttle bus to take you around town as well.
To get to Alice Springs you have a choice of a long drive, or a domestic flight from one of the major cities in Australia.

Flights to Alice Springs

Unless you are planning on some very long distance driving you will have to fly to Alice Springs.

If you are already in Australia then go to our page Cheap Domestic Flights in Australia for a good choice in cheap domestic airfares to Alice Springs.

If you are still in your home country then you will need to get an international flight to Alice Springs, but international airlines do not fly straight in to Alice Springs and you have to go via another bigger city in Australia.

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Flying in to Alice Springs? The airport is about 15km. from the Alice Springs town centre but Elkes Backpackers Resort will pick you up from the airport for free.

Elkes Backpackers Resort

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Welcome to Elkes Backpackers Resort, Alice Springs cleanest and best equipped Backpacker's Hostel, well located just 10 minutes walk from the town centre. Made up of just 33 rooms, Elkes is surrounded by lush green lawns and palm trees, with a large swimming pool, giving you lots of space to relax and chill out. Situated close to all facilities in Alice Springs we offer a FREE shuttle bus service in and around town. We also do FREE pick ups from the airport, train and bus stations. Elke's Backpackers Resort is the only hostel in Alice Springs to offer air conditioning/heating cooking facilities, fridge, toilet, bathroom and television in every room. FREE continental style breakfast is included in all our room rates. Coffee and Tea are provided FREE all day.

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Bus transport and sight seeing tours around Alice Springs



Sight seeing around Alice Springs

alice springs telegraph station

Alice Springs today is a lively town full of things to see and places to go. On your informative town tour, you'll find the locals to be relaxed and friendly and always keen for a chat.
Visit the base of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air, two uniquely Australian organizations that provide medical care and education respectively to people in remote areas of central Australia. Enjoy panoramic views of the town and the rugged West MacDonnell Ranges from Anzac Hill. See the old Telegraph Station and visit the fascinating Aboriginal exhibit at Panorama Guth. On conclusion of the tour at approximately 5:00pm, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
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There is also the Town Explorer, you can hop on and hop off at all the major attractions around the town. More info....


Taxis in Alice Springs

Desert Private Hire Cars - phone 8953 1600
Alice Springs Taxis - phone 8952 1877

Hire cars in and to Alice Springs:

Alice Springs is a long way from anywhere and it is around 1600 km. from either Darwin or Adelaide.
There is a wide choice of car rental companies where you can book your car or campervan online to be assured of a car on your arrival, and most offer one way rentals between major cities. Nothing beats the freedom of having your own car to explore and stop when and where you want.

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Bus transport to Alice Springs:

All the major coach lines call in to Alice Springs between Darwin and Adelaide, and there are buses like the Groovy Grape that do a great combination of a tour and transport between Adelaide and Alice Springs.

on the way from adelaide, south australia, to alice springs, northern territory

A rare event, rain in the desert and a bogged Groovy Grape bus between William Creek and Coober Pedy.
Groovy Grape does a great seven day run from Adelaide to Darwin.

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Rent a camper van to get to Alice Springs

One way to get to Alice Springs is to pick up a campervan in Darwin or Adelaide and explore the centre of Australia at your leisure. Australia is the perfect country to travel with a camper van! Wide open roads, countless beautiful spots to pull over and camp, the freedom to go where and when you want, it is no wonder so many Aussies on retirement buy themselves a mobile home and spend years going around the country.
Nothing beats finding your own camping spot in the wild, having a cold beer admiring a wildly coloured outback sunset and a dinner cooked on the campfire under the magnificent starry skies.

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Train transport to Alice Springsthe Ghan can take you from either Darwin or Adelaide to Alice Springs

SInce 1929 it has been possible to travel from Adelaide to Alice Springs by train, but it took until 2003 for the link between Alice Springs and Darwin to be completed.
After more than a hundred years of talking about it the 1420 km. N.T. railway has finally been built and was completed in October 2003 at a cost of $ 1.3 billion. Workers had to battle the desert heat and at times worked under big lights in the night and slept in the day, and had to negotiate with Aborigines to avoid sacred sites. By November 2003 already five million dollars in bookings was made for the first passenger service planned to start around february 2004, the first freight train, measuring 1200 metres in length and carrying 4000 tonnes, left Adelaide on 15 january 2004 for the 43 hour and 2979 km. journey. Mainly a freight line, the railway is also expected to bring an extra 30,000 tourists to Darwin each year. Darwininans wanting to celebrate the arrival of the first train were shocked to hear that alcohol was banned at the arrival party (even for the 600 VIPs) , this was a major break with tradition for a city that for many years held the record of having the highest per capita consumption of beer in the world and has an annual beercan regatta with boats made of empty beercans. A crowd of 10 000 people welcomed the train on its arrival around lunchtime on Saturday 17 January. Northern Territory Chief Minister Clare Martin said the first journey along the 3000km railway was ``a dream for Australia come true'' , Prime Minister John Howard said; "this is a great moment is the history of Australia, this is a reminder of Australia at its best." Chris Corrigan, a man who has made his fortune in the transport industry said; they've spent $2 billion building a railway for five trains a week and a few cartons of beer and I expect the financial returns on that to be smaller than ticks' testicles. But for the first year of operations they carried more freight than had been anticipated. It certainly provides a great way for travellers to see the Northern Territory outback in comfort.
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