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The Ghan

The Ghan

The Ghan. Travel by rail between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin and you will embark on one of the worlds great train journeys. Check out The Ghan deals and info.

This transcontinental adventure offers an unsurpassed view of Australia - North to South over three unforgettable days.

Travel by rail between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin and you are embarking on one of the great train journeys of the world. Named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route, The Ghan will take you from one edge of this continent to the other, through the very centre of Australia.

A journey on The Ghan is an incomparable way to travel to the two jewels of Australia's Northern Territory – the Red Centre and the tropical Top End. No journey aboard The Ghan is complete without taking in both of these must-see destinations.

The Ghan's timetable makes the most of the daylight hours to offer unsurpassed views of the passing landscape.

Route: Adelaide - Alice Springs - Darwin • Duration: 2 nights in either direction • Distance: 2,979 kms (1846 mi)

Having travelled on The Ghan often we know it well.
For any queries please call on 0418 857892 or email us.


You can save up to $640pp* on the Indian Pacific and up to $590pp on The Ghan when you purchase your train journey aboard one of these great trains 6 months prior to travel.

Our Advance Purchase Fares offer a discount of 20% off Gold Service Everyday Fares for bookings made and paid for a minimum of 6 months in advance.
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Great Southern Rail has recognised ntstandby for its outstanding sales and service for passengers travelling on The Ghan and has presented it with the 2015 Great Southern Rail Chairman's Club award.

Ntstandby has been presented with the Chairman's Club award, the pinnacle in recognition for exceptional sales and service nationwide for Great Southern Rail for 2015, ntstandby also received this accolade in 2014 and 2013. The award confirms that ntstandby are experts in providing exceptional travel advice and service for passengers travelling on The Ghan.

The Ghan Darwin Hotel/Station Transfers

Platinum Service guests on The Ghan receive complimentary pickup and drop-off transfers up to a 50km radius from the train station.

Gold Service guests on The Ghan are offered a complimentary coach transfer service between the Darwin Rail Terminal and selected hotels on arrival into (or departure from) Darwin.

For Red Service guests on The Ghan, a coach transfer to the Darwin Rail Terminal is available at a cost of per person. The transfer departs from the Transit Centre, Mitchell St (behind Mantra on the Esplanade) at 8.45am on Wednesdays (and 7.45am on Saturdays) on dates that The Ghan is operating. On arrival of The Ghan into Darwin this transfer service is also available from the Darwin Rail Terminal.

Please refer to The Ghan coach service transfer schedule for the pick up times.

Off Train Excursion information

Off train tours in Alice Springs and Katherine are exclusively tailored for guests travelling on The Ghan. These tours are specifically designed so that guests can get the most out of the short stopover.

Platinum and Gold Service passengers will receive a little booklet onboard at the commencement of their trip, highlighting detailed information about the touring options available to them, simply book your spot on the chosen tour at the Outback Explorer Lounge at your leisure during the trip. Red Service guests will still have the option to pay for the off train excursions via the Matilda Cafe onboard.

Please refer to the Off Train Tour information. Note - these tours can not be pre booked, they can only be booked on board.


Platinum and Gold Service guests enjoy all on-board meals, beverages and off-train excursions as standard inclusions to their fare. Red Service Guests are able to purchase meals, drinks and touring on board.

The Ghan Holiday Packages

Travelling through the fiery heart of Australia, The Ghan makes its way north from Adelaide towards the tropical city of Darwin (or vice versa). Marvel at the ever changing scenery of this great southern land. The landscape changes from the wheat fields of the south, to the arid desert of Central Australia and on to the lush tropics of the Top End.

Whether looking for a holiday packed with exploration and adventure, or one of ultimate rest and relaxation, there is a holiday package on The Ghan to suit any traveller. Take advantage of guided touring and accommodation to discover world famous regions such as Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and much more.

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Ghan Timetables

The Ghan (April 2015 - March 2016)


The Ghan (2016 - 2017)

indian pacific 2016 - 2017 timetable

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