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Travel time from Melbourne to Darwin

Melbourne to Darwin airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Melbourne to Darwin? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Darwin, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.

Tuesday, 2:29 pm:  start in Melbourne
drive for about 36 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 60 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 3:30 pm at the latest

3:05 pm:  Melbourne International (MEL)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 4:00 pm

3:20 pm:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time

3:50 pm:  arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate

4:05 pm:  prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat

4:20 pm:  board Jetstar Airways Pty Limited flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:30 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

4:45 pm:  wheels up! take-off from MEL
fly for about 4.5 hours in the air

9:09 pm (local time):  Darwin International (DRW)
Darwin is 0:30 hours behind Melbourne
so the time in Melbourne is actually 9:09 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate

9:24 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at DRW
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 14 minutes to your destination

9:38 pm (local time):  arrive in Darwin

Total travel time: 7 hours

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Flying non-stop from Melbourne to Darwin

How far is Darwin from Melbourne? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 1,951 miles or 3140 km

Flight time: 4 hours, 24 minutes

Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 7 hours, 9 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 1.8x faster, and saves you about 3 hours in your total travel time.

Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.

This is a medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, you might be booking a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.

Darwin Airports
  1. Darwin International Airport

Alternate flights from Melbourne to Darwin

The most common route is MEL to DRW, so that's what we used in the sample itinerary. However, you may want to explore travel alternatives, you could try one of these routes:

  1. MEL to DRW
    Melbourne International to Darwin International
  2. AVV to DRW
    Avalon Airport to Darwin International

Airlines that fly to Darwin

We picked Jetstar Airways Pty Limited for your main flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:

  1. Jetstar Airways Pty Limited (JQ)
  2. Qantas Airways Ltd. (QF)

Plan a trip to Darwin

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Darwin, Northern Territory. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Darwin. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Darwin like Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Darwin like What is your favorite restaurant in Darwin? Click the button below to explore Darwin in detail.

What about the return flight?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Darwin to Melbourne, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

You can also compare the travel time if you were to drive instead. Get the full itinerary for a Melbourne to Darwin road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Melbourne to Darwin?

If you happen to know Melbourne, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Melbourne!

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 1,951 miles
flight time of 4 hours, 24 minutes
Darwin is 0:30 hours behind Melbourne
93 Melbourne travel answers
32 Darwin travel answers

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