The Ghan


The Ghan. It's an odd name for a train but in Australian history it is a living legend. For it is the ultimate journey through the heart of the continent. A hundred and fifty years ago, the first camels were imported along with their handlers from Afghanistan and, in true Australian style, we soon shortened their name to 'Ghan'. The Ghan train derives its name from these early pioneers and its emblem of an Afghan on a camel is in recognition of their efforts in opening up the harsh interior to the rest of Australia.

Today, you can make this journey with creature comforts our forbearers would never have imagined. Boarding The Ghan in Adelaide for Alice Springs and Darwin, you'll experience one of the most fascinating great train journeys of the world. You'll marvel at the spectacular colours of the outback, the spinifex plains and salt pans of the vast interior and the rugged MacDonnell Ranges before travelling on to the tropical splendour of Darwin and the Top End. Alice Springs is the ideal base from which to explore the wonders of the Red Centre, such as Palm Valley, Ayers Rock/ Uluru, The Olgas/ Kata Tjuta and King's Canyon.

The extension of The Ghan to Darwin has further enhanced what is already considered one of the world's great train journeys. The 47 hour, 2979km transcontinental journey features off train touring options at Alice Springs and Katherine Gorge at modest extra cost.


GOLD SERVICE: The ultimate in style and comfort, choose from single or twin Sleeper Cabins which include complimentary toiletries and bath towels. Gold Service fares are all inclusive of meals and guests enjoy dining in elegance in the Restaurant Car or relaxing and socialising in the Lounge.

Twin & Single Cabins (with bathroom) feature a 3 seat lounge which transforms into upper and lower sleeping berths as well as a compact private ensuite with wash basin, toilet and shower. Each cabins is fully serviced with fresh pillows, sheets and doonas. Cabins also feature small foldaway tables, reading lamps, 3 pin 240 volt power points, wardrobes and a full length mirror.

Single Cabins (share bathroom) enjoy similar features to the Twin Cabins including a wash basin however toilets and showers are situated at the end of the carriages. Complimentary welcome kits, bath towels and toiletries bags are provided to all Gold Service cabins.

Gold Service guests are advised to carry an overnight bag with everything they need on board and check in all other luggage.

RED SERVICE: Quality travel on a budget the Daynighter Seats and affordable light meals, snacks and drinks from the cafes onboard.

Red Service Daynighter seating offers comfortable side by side reclining arm chairs covered in woollen cloth trim. They enjoy individual reading lights, video entertainment and plenty of leg room. Toilets and showers are situated at the end of the carriages. Soap and towels are provided and guests also enjoy access to the cafes onboard as well as in-seat dining.

Note: Red Service is discontinued from 01 July 16.


Note: The Ghan will not operate 18 December 2016 - 18 January 2017.

Adelaide - Alice Springs - Darwin
Operates - All Year

The Ghan Sun
Depart Adelaide12.15pm
Arrive Alice Springs1.45pm*
Depart Alice Springs6.00pm
Arrive Katherine9.00am
Depart Katherine1.00pm
Arrive Darwin5.30pm

* Arrives 1 hour earlier during daylight savings time. All times are local times and may be subject to change without notice.

Darwin - Alice Springs - Adelaide
Operates - up to and including 27 July 2016 & 02 November 2016 - 27 March 2017

The Ghan Wed
Depart Darwin10.00am
Arrive Katherine1.40pm
Depart Katherine6.20pm
Arrive Alice Springs9.10am
Depart Alice Springs12.45pm
Arrive Adelaide11.30pm

Darwin - Alice Springs - via Coober Pedy - Adelaide
Operates - 03 August 2016 - 26 October 2016

The Ghan Wed
Depart Darwin10.00am
Arrive Katherine1.40pm
Depart Katherine6.20pm
Arrive Alice Springs10.00am
Depart Alice Springs9.45pm
Arrive Coober Pedy9.00am
Depart Coober Pedy7.40pm
Arrive Adelaide12.50pm

TopAdditional Information

Children: Children aged between 4 and 15 years are eligible for child fares. Underage children who occupy a seat or berth will also be charged at the child rate.
Conditions: Travel Online will only book the above journeys for full paying adults and children. Discounted pensioner or sector fares are not available.
Motor Vehicles: Travel Online does not provide quotes for vehicle transport. Passengers taking a vehicle will need to contact Great Southern Railway directly for fares and availability.
Ticketing and payment: All bookings must be paid and ticketed 45 days prior to travel. For bookings made within 45 days of travel payment and ticketing must be made within 24 hours. Bookings for less than $200 per person must be paid at the time of booking. Red Service Standard and Gold Service Standard fares require full payment within 7 days of travel. Standard fares for travel 7 days or less from the date of booking full payment is required at the time of booking.
Travel Insurance: Great Southern Railway's liability to you is limited, therefore it is recommended that you take out travel insurance prior to departure.
Luggage: Checked-in luggage permits a maximum of 46 kg per person (2 items not exceeding 23 kg and 180 linear centimetres). Checked-in luggage may not be accessed during travel. One item of Cabin luggage is permitted per person but must not exceed 25 kg and be no larger than 50cm(L) x 30cm(H) x 30cm(W). Checked-in luggage should be checked in up to 30 minutes before departure. Unchecked luggage is carried at owner's risk. Bags should be secured and carry the owner's name, destination and contact details both inside and out.

ExteriorExteriorExteriorExteriorExteriorExteriorExteriorExteriorRed Service DiennerQueen Adelaide Restaurantoutback explorer loungegold service superior cabin