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Transiting in Darwin



How to Transfer 
Darwin is Australia’s low fare gateway for travel to Asia and beyond.  Whether it’s a same day connection or a stopover, there are a range of destinations available, including Bali, Singapore and Vietnam. Travellers can mix and match their online bookings for immediate connections or stopovers in Darwin. Darwin International Airport offers an integrated domestic/international terminal, with transfers less than 100 metres on foot.



The benefits of a Darwin transfer flight
It makes sense to transfer in Darwin if your destination is north. The overall travel time of your journey can be significantly less by transferring in Darwin. By using your stopover time in Darwin to clear immigration and customs, you can check in up to 30 minutes earlier compared to other Australian ports, and you can also pick up your bag and head off when you arrive in Australia.
Where to Stay
There is a wide range of accommodation available in and around Darwin ranging from budget hotels and backpacker lodges to five-star hotels.  Bookings can be made in advance, or by visiting the Tourism Top End information counter located on the ground floor of the terminal.  For more information, see accommodation.

What to do
Day tours to Litchfield or Kakadu, tours of Darwin city and a range of other activities can be found to suit your time in Darwin.
Details can be found at:
  • Tourism NT
  • Tourism Top End
Important Information
Liquid, Aerosol and Gels Restrictions

Departing from Darwin
Due to security requirements, you can not take any pre-purchased duty-free liquids past the immigration point.  Duty-free purchases of liquor and fragrances can be made at JR Duty Free ( 

Arriving in Darwin
Once you have landed, you can purchase duty-free prior to customs/immigration processing.  You can collect your pre-ordered duty-free, or simply make your last minute purchases (
Booking your flights online can save you hundreds of dollars in airfares.  However, please be mindful that low cost airlines are point-to-point airlines, and therefore responsibility for making your connecting service rests with you.

In general, you should allow at least 2 hours between connecting flights.  Check-in for international flights generally closes 60 minutes before departure time, with domestic check-in closing strictly 30-45 minutes prior to departure.  Please check with the airline you are travelling with to confirm these details.  You may wish to consider travel insurance for missed connections in the unlikely event that your flight schedule is disrupted.



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