the ghan
australia's greatest train journey

Great train travel between
Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin

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The Ghan Route
Adelaide - Alice Springs - Darwin (or vice versa)
Distance: 2,979 kms (1846 mi)
"The Ghan" - 3 days, 2 nights (Adel-Dar or Dar-Adel)
"The Ghan Expedition" - 4 days, 3 nights (Darwin to Adelaide, May - Oct inclusive)

The Ghan Train Travel

Travel by rail on the The Ghan between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin and you will embark on one of the worlds great train journeys. This transcontinental adventure on The Ghan offers an unsurpassed view of Australia over three (or four) unforgettable days.

Named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route, The Ghan will take you from one edge of this continent to the other, North to South (or vice versa) through the Red Centre of Australia and the Tropical Top End.

The Ghan delivers so much more than an extended train ride. It promises access to parts of Australia no other holiday can come close to, the perfect balance of comfort and adventure culminating in an experience that will move you in every sense of the word.

During your time aboard the The Ghan, all superb restaurant-quality dining and onboard beverages and off train touring are included. Transfer to or from Darwin Station to Darwin CBD hotels is also included.

The Ghan Expedition

Darwin to Adelaide (May to October inclusive) Coast to coast, through the fiery Red Centre, experience Australia at its dramatic best. Your four day, three night (2,979km) journey includes all meals and beverages on board plus your off train touring at Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy (with optional scenic flight/tour of Uluru also available - additional fee)

The Ghan

Adelaide to Darwin (year round) or Darwin to Adelaide (November to March inclusive) Your three day, two night journey includes all meals and beverages on board plus your off train touring at Katherine, Alice Springs. Its also possible to start or end your journey in Alice Springs for a shorter experience (one night, two day).

(Double or Twin)
(Twin Share)
(Single Cabin)
Private Carriage

Platinum Service offers guests the most luxurious transcontinental holiday Australia has to offer. Boasting deluxe extras such as Platinum Transfers, in-cabin breakfasts and access to the Platinum Club, Platinum Service promises and delivers a journey beyond expectations.

The first thing you will notice about your Platinum cabin is the abundance of space, almost twice the size of a Gold Twin Cabin. By day your cabin is configured as a private lounge with deluxe lounge seating, a table and two ottomans. By night you will sleep easy as the lounges convert to a comfortable bedroom with either a double bed or twin beds.

PLATINUM SERVICE features include

  • Full-size en suite equipped with shower, vanity with cupboard space, toilet and complimentary Australian bathroom amenities.
  • Lockable door, power outlets and in-cabin safe.
  • In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available.
  • Picture windows offering views from both sides of the train.
  • Choose to travel with Platinum Service Transfers at the start and end of your journey available for guests within 50km of the terminal.
  • Freshly prepared continental in-cabin breakfasts served upon request.
  • Refreshments served in-cabin.
  • 75kg luggage allowance per guest (3 x 25kg each).

Feeling peckish? Step out of your spacious cabin and into the Platinum Club where an all inclusive menu is prepared by on-board chefs using fresh local fare. Our seasonal menu features mouth-watering dishes such as saltwater barramundi and grilled kangaroo fillet. Platinum Service fare includes hearty breakfasts, two course lunches and three course dinners. Vegetarian, childrens and limited special dietary meals are available (advise when booking). You may also choose to complement your meal with our selection of wines and beverages which are all included in your fare.



Save up to $590pp on the The Ghan when you purchase your train journey a minimum six months prior to travel. Our Advance Purchase Fares offer a discount off Gold Twin and Gold Single Service Fares (not available for Platinum Service). Up to 20% for travel up to Mar 31, 2018 and up to 10% for travel beyond Apr 1st, 2018. Limited numbers available but just ask and we can check for you.


Platinum Service on The Ghan is always very heavily booked and can appear to be booked out for many months in advance. Changes and Cancellations do happen though. Let us know when you wish to travel and we will place you on our Platinum Waitlist and let you know as soon as one becomes available. Yes we have waitlists for Gold Twin and Gold Single Service too. Contact us on 1300872465 or enter your details at


A Gift Voucher to travel on The Ghan is the ideal Christmas or special occasion gift. Pre book your Platinum Double/Twin or Gold Twin/Single Cabin for the required date and we will forward a personalised Gift Voucher with your loved ones names and departure details.


Chairmans Club 2017
Great Southern Rail has presented ntstandby with the 2017 Chairmans Club Award, this award is the pinnicle in recognition for exceptional sales and service for passengers travelling on The Ghan. Having also been presented with this award in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, this confirms that ntstandby are experts in providing exceptional travel advice and service for passengers travelling on The Ghan.


We travel on The Ghan often, so we know it well. For any queries please call on 1300872465

The Ghan Specials

Customer Ratings

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

Off Train Excursion information

Off train tours in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy (Ghan Expedition only) are exclusively tailored for guests travelling on The Ghan. These tours are included in your fare and are designed so guests can get the most out of the short stopover. An optional scenic flight/tour of Uluru is also available from Alice Springs for The Ghan Expedition (four day, three night trip) from Darwin to Adelaide (Apr-Oct)

Platinum and Gold Service passengers will receive information onboard about the touring options available. Please refer to the Off Train Tour information. Note - these tours 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. A transfer to or from Darwin Terminal to Darwin CBD hotels is also included.


You can transport your vehicle on The Ghan between Darwin to Adelaide (and vice versa) from November through to March inclusive. Discounts apply for those who accompany their vehicle on The Ghan. Here's another tip - Its much less expensive to travel South from Darwin to Adelaide rather than North from Adelaide to Darwin.

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