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How to Get Around Adelaide City

Best Ways to Navigate Adelaide Using Public and Other Transport Options

By william barryPublished 3 months ago 3 min read
RegionVisitor90, Adelaide Metro (Keolis Downer) Poxbox Railcar 3112 Leading Towards Gawler Railway Station Storming Through Womma 7-8-23, CC BY-SA 4.0

Adelaide is one of the most popular travel destinations in the country and attracts numerous holidaymakers and business travellers from around the world. The city is well-connected with both public and private transport networks, which makes it easy to get around if you know which transport options are suitable for different types of excursions. Here's a comprehensive guide on how travellers can get around Adelaide with ease during their visit.

Airport Transfers in Adelaide

Whether one has made reservations at the best hotel in Adelaide or a convenient serviced apartment at Avani Adelaide Residences, the easiest way to reach one's base from the airport is via the JetExpress bus service. While there may be a great many taxis parked outside the Arrivals terminal of the airport, those who are not carrying several heavy pieces of luggage can easily board a JetExpress bus. Affordable and efficient, JetExpress buses offer visitors the chance to reach their hotel without paying more than necessary although these buses are only operational on weekdays. Those who are arriving in Adelaide on Saturdays and Sundays will have to rely on airport taxis.


Travellers that secure a base in the heart of the Adelaide city centre will find that most local highlights and cultural landmarks are within easy walking distance of their hotel or resort. In addition to Chinatown, those with a city centre base will also have unequal access to the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Central Market and the South Australian Museum as well as the countless restaurants, bars and coffee houses occupying downtown Adelaide.


Budget travellers and backpackers will find that bus services are the most inexpensive means of transport available in the city. The Adelaide Metro, which includes more than 540 bus lines and just as many routes, allows visitors to explore nearly every highlight in the city with ease. In fact, it is possible to go sightseeing solely relying on City Connector buses. Bearing numbers 99C, 99A, 98C and 98A, the City Connector buses do not charge passengers and is thus a free bus service aimed at travellers. Operating from 8.15 am to 7.45 pm, some of these buses are available every 30 minutes.

Tram Travel

Although tram travel ranks low in efficiency and speed, it is perhaps one of the most romantic ways to explore Adelaide and its main attributes. Serving key touristy areas such as the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and even beach hotspots the likes of Glenelg, tram tickets are also surprisingly cheap and do not cost more than AU$ 5.

Train Services

Ideal for navigating the suburbs in Adelaide including areas the likes of Belair, Tonsley and Salisbury, trains are not the best option for sightseers hoping to tour the city's main points of interest. Travellers who wish to explore Kangaroo Island and Waterfall Gully as well as other attractions outside Adelaide's city limits will find that train services do not serve these areas. Divided into 9 train lines, trains are available every half an hour to an hour from 5 am to 11.15 pm.

Vehicle Rentals

For people planning on staying in Melbourne for more than a week, renting a car or any other type of vehicle is a feasible option. This is especially useful for those who are travelling with family or a group of friends. However, driving around the city can be tiring when exploring the CBD. On the other hand, tourists who plan to visit Barossa and McLaren Vale will find it convenient to have their own set of wheels, which gives them the freedom to explore the regions at their own pace.

Taxi Cabs

As a costly means of transport, taxis should be reserved for emergencies or when one is running late for an appointment or a flight out of Adelaide. Charging passengers by the kilometre, taxi travel also involves paying special tolls when visiting specific areas of the city.


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